Panthers Earn Third-Straight Spot on WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll

Panthers Earn Third-Straight Spot on WBCA Academic Team Honor Roll


The Middlebury women's basketball team landed a spot on the 2018-19 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll, marking the third-consecutive season the program has been lauded for its classroom work. The Panthers finished the academic year with a team grade point average of 3.580, the 18th-best mark in Division III. Middlebury also ranked in the top-20 spots in both 2017-18 (13th) and 2016-17 (14th) among all other institutions.

Middlebury was the only NESCAC program named to the list after concluding the season with seven student-athletes having been named to the league's All-Academic team last winter. To be selected for the conference's academic list, a player must have completed one full year of college study who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

The Panthers tallied a 20-8 overall record last winter under fifth-year coach KJ Krasco, posting the most wins in a season since the 2001-02 campaign and the program's fifth 20-win season. Middlebury earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997-98 and advanced to the second round.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2018-19 season is the 24th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.