CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's basketball team turned in the No. 21-ranked grade-point average during the 2012-13 year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today. The top 25 programs in each NCAA division and the NAIA were honored on the WBCA Academic Honor Roll, as well as 14 junior college teams.
"The GPAs produced this year by each of the Top 25 teams are quite remarkable," WBCA CEO Beth Bass told wbca.org. "The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom. Congratulations to these 114 programs. I wish them each continued success."
Harvard, led by head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, put together a 3.399 GPA during the academic year to rank third in the Ivy League and one spot ahead of rival Yale, which came in at No. 22. Utah Valley University led the way with a 3.639 mark.
This is the program's second academic award of the year, as previously the Crimson received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for being in the top 10 percent of women's basketball teams according to the Division I Academic Progress Rate. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each NCAA sport.
The Crimson had a successful season on the court, as well, going 21-9 overall and 11-3 in Ivy League play. Harvard earned a spot in the WNIT for the fourth time and advanced to the second round for the second straight year after beating Hartford, 61-57.