Skyhawks’ IQ matches their basketball IQ

FLC women’s basketball team had the 8th best GPA in DII

For the fourth consecutive year, the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team academically was one of the smartest in the country.

The Skyhawk women collectively maintained one of the top-25 grade point averages in NCAA Division II, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced according to a news release to The Durango Herald. The 2011-12 team carried a 3.563 team GPA, ranking eighth in Division II women’s basketball.

“It’s a great accomplishment to again be in the top 10 for team GPA,” said first-year women’s basketball coach Jason Flores, who took over after Mark Kellogg resigned April 10 to take the same position at Northwest Missouri State.

“It speaks to the type of student-athletes that coach Kellogg and his staff brought in who have recently graduated, as well as those we currently have in the program. We will continue to recruit great students who are also great players and look forward to maintaining academic excellence.”

In 2010-11, FLC led every level of collegiate women’s basketball teams with a 3.715 GPA after ranking 23rd in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

This year, Green Bay (Wis.) took the top spot in Division I with a 3.616; Drury (Mo.) took the top in Division II with a 3.709; and Northland (Wis.) took the top spot in Division III with a 3.706.

The award from the WBCA – it’s the 15th annual presentation of the standings – capped a strong academic year for FLC athletics. Individual athletes earned 57 all-conference, six Capital One Academic All-District and four Capital One All-America awards in 2011-12.

The women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, men’s basketball, cross country and lacrosse teams each maintained a team GPA of 3.00 or higher.

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