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University of Providence women's basketball garners WBCA academic honors

Argos No. 10 in NAIA team honor roll
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Posted at 2:21 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 16:23:22-04

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University of Providence women's basketball program boasted one of the 10 best team grade point averages (GPA) in the entire NAIA, according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

The WBCA released its annual Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season, which saw the Argos tie for No. 10 in the nation with a combined GPA of 3.683.

"This just shows that we have the right culture in our program," head coach Bill Himmelberg said in a UP release. "Our players take great pride in doing well, not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom as well."

Nine Providence players collected Frontier Conference academic all-conference accolades last season, leading the league. Kenedy Cartwright, Parker Esary, Reed Hazard, Emilee Maldonado, Kerstyn Pimperton, Jenna Randich, Molly Schmitz, Elly Teske and Brittany White were each given the honor for their academic prowess.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes student-athletes and programs from NCAA Division I, II and III, the NAIA and two-year colleges across the country. The organization looks at the GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on the roster for the entire season.

The University of Montana landed at No. 22 on the NCAA Division I list, posting a GPA of 3.634, while Miles Community College in Miles City led all two-year programs with an impressive 3.771.

The entire list of WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll recipients can be found by clicking here.