Five Programs Lead BIG EAST in Team Academic Excellence Awards
July 26, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul led the BIG EAST Conference with five 2011-12 Team Academic Excellence Awards for having the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. The conference office announced the team winners on Thursday morning with women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, men's tennis and women's tennis honored for top academic averages.
The five teams match last year's total as DePaul led the league for the second consecutive year. Since 2008-09, DePaul's women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis teams have all earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence at least once. Women's basketball and men's soccer have both won the conference's Team Academic Excellence Award each of the last four seasons. Women's basketball is coming off its 10th straight NCAA Championship appearance and was recently ranked third in the WBCA Academic Top 25.
In the last four academic years DePaul has had 21 programs earn the league's Team Academic Excellence Award with a department-best seven teams in 2008-09.
Twelve BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as DePaul finished with a conference-best five teams recognized. Notre Dame and Villanova had three teams receive awards, while Georgetown, Providence, St. John's and Seton Hall had two each. Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers and West Virginia were represented by one team each.
The winners were chosen based on the 2011-12 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.
2011-12 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award Winners