ATLANTA – For the second consecutive season, Austin Peay State University's women's basketball team was recognized for its excellence in the classroom, ranking 16th among Division I programs in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.
The Lady Govs finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.465 grade-point average (GPA). That mark also was best among Ohio Valley Conference programs, with only Belmont (18th, 3.433 GPA) joining the Lady Govs among the nation's Top 25 teams.
In 2013-14, each member of the Austin Peay women's basketball team was listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in one of their two semesters. Six Lady Govs – Lauren Maki, Jennifer Nwokocha, Nicole Olszewski, Jacey Scott, Kristen Stainback and Lauren Yarbrough – attained at least Dean's List honors in both semesters.
"My staff and I are thrilled and so proud of these young ladies for all their hard work and dedication in the classroom," said Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels. "They have shown the true meaning of 'student-athlete.' We also owe a lot to Michelle Noland and Sonya Bain in Athletic Academic Services who provide all of our student-athletes with unbelievable academic support."
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 GPA inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. This season's list is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
- Cody Bush