St Francis women’s basketball team has 2nd highest grades in D1

The St. Francis women's basketball team finished second in the nation among DI schools with a 3.625 combined GPA. Photo courtesy of St. Francis Athletics.

The St. Francis women’s basketball team finished second in the nation among DI schools with a 3.625 combined GPA. Photo courtesy of St. Francis Athletics.

These are some smart ladies.

The St. Francis Brooklyn women’s basketball team didn’t finish last season the way it would have liked to, but it’s players still have a bright future ahead of them as they finished with the second-highest GPA of any Division I team in the country during the 2012-13 season.

With Katie Fox leading the way with a 4.0 and a combined team GPA of 3.625, the ladies were tied with DePaul University and only trailed Utah Valley University overall. They were the only New York Metropolitan team to earn the academic honor.

“We are very happy that our ladies received this recognition,” said Terriers’ head coach John Thurston in a statement. “To be tied for second among 345 schools is quite an achievement, considering those who are behind us in the Top 25 such as Harvard, Yale, Brown and Cornell. This was a total team effort. We naturally had some exceptional individual efforts with eight student athletes receiving 3.8 or above GPA’s in the spring semester alone led by Katie Fox’s overall 4.0 mark.¬†However, it was the year to year improvement of some of the others that made the jump from last year’s 10th place finish possible.

“This honor, along with being the top academic team in Northeast Conference Women’s Basketball and winning the Sportsmanship Award, has made it a very special year for our women,” Thurston said. “Our coaching staff could not be any prouder of them.”

They finished in 10th place last year with a 3.456 combined GPA, making it the second year in a row the ladies made the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This is a team award that includes all of the players on the varsity roster at the beginning of the second semester.


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