The Youngstown State women's basketball team posted the 10th-best grade-point average out of 349 Division I programs during the 2017-18 season, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
This marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Penguins have appeared on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. YSU posted a combined GPA of 3.615 during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.
Only Youngstown State, DePaul, Eastern Washington and St. Francis Brooklyn have been on the Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in seven of the past eight seasons.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of our student-athletes for truly dedicating themselves to achieving success in the classroom and on the court," Youngstown State head coach John Barnes said. "That is what being a student-athlete at Youngstown State is all about. Being in the WBCA Academic Top 25 in seven of the last eight years and being in post season play four of the last six years is definitely a point of pride for YSU, the athletic department and the women's basketball program. The players on the team, my coaching staff and the academic support staff should all be very proud of this accomplishment!"
Youngstown State made its first appearance in the academic top 25 in 2010-11, and it has been on the list each season since except 2013-14. The Penguins were also third in 2015-16, sixth in 2011-12, 17th in both 2010-11 and 2012-13, 22nd in 2014-15 and 24th in 2016-17.
YSU was one of three Horizon League programs to appear in the Academic Top 25, joining top-ranked Green Bay and 11th-ranked IUPUI. Youngstown State and Miami (Ohio) were the only two teams from Ohio on the prestigious list.
Individually, eight of the 16 student-athletes on the team registered a 4.0 during at least one semester during the past academic year. Mary Dunn, Chelsea Olson, Morgan Olson and Kelley Wright had perfect marks in both semesters. Sarah Cash, Natalie Myers and Anne Secrest joined them with 4.0 GPAs in the fall, and Melinda Trimmer had a 4.0 in the spring.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2017-18 season is the 23nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
"The WBCA is pleased to recognize those women's basketball programs that have committed themselves to excellence on the court and in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "The 119 teams we honor this year strive to achieve all-around success and we commend their efforts. Congratulations!"