HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. –  The Purdue University Northwest women’s basketball program showed their dominance in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year, earning the top GPA in the NAIA after the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll was announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

The Pride earned a 3.746 GPA, which was better than over 200 schools in the NAIA, and finished second out of all the respective divisions, including NCAA Div. I, Div. II, Div. III and junior/community colleges.

“Our athletic department has always emphasized student-athletes being well-rounded individuals,” said head coach Tom Megyesi.

“Our women’s basketball team are outstanding students who accomplished this great honor and I am extremely proud of all their hard work in the classroom and on the floor.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and II; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. This marks the 22nd season in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls

NAIA Top 25 rankings

 Rank                             Institution                       Head Coach                   GPA

1 Purdue University Northwest Thomas Megyesi 3.746
2 Mount Marty College Tom Schlimgen 3.741
3 St. Ambrose University Krista Van Hauen 3.701
4 Montana State University-Northern Chris Mouat 3.690
5 Concordia University (Nebraska) Drew Olson 3.673
6 Grand View University Garey Smith 3.659
7 Blue Mountain College Lavon Driskell 3.628
8 Indiana Institute of Technology Jessie Biggs 3.608
9 University of Rio Grande David Smalley 3.568
10 Freed-Hardeman University Dale Neal 3.545
11 Saint Xavier University Bob Hallberg 3.536
12 Huntington University Lori Culler 3.530
13 Columbia College Jessica Keller 3.523
14 University of Great Falls Bill Himmelberg 3.516
15 Northwestern College Chris Yaw 3.490
16 Missouri Valley College Timm Dixon 3.486
17 University of St. Francis Samantha Quigley Smith 3.483
18 Stephens College Ray Fron 3.464
19 Cardinal Stritch University John Pfaffl 3.426
20 Campbellsville University Ginger Colvin 3.422
21 Concordia University (Michigan) Thad Sankey 3.412
22 Indiana University East Tiffani Selhorst 3.382
23 John Brown University Jeff Soderquist 3.376
24 Kansas Wesleyan University Ryan Showman 3.370
25 Lyon College Tracy Stewart-Lange 3.362