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Eight Programs Claim 2012-13 BIG EAST Team Academic Awards



Aug. 7, 2013

CHICAGO - Eight of DePaul's 15 intercollegiate athletics programs won or shared the BIG EAST Team Academic Award for 2012-13. Teams with top grade-point averages among the 24 sports from the 2012-13 lineup of BIG EAST institutions were honored with the award. The eight winners are a new high for DePaul surpassing the 2008-09 record of seven top academic programs.

The 2012-13 honors mark the third straight year that DePaul has led the BIG EAST with five teams earning honors in each of the previous two years.

Women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field all accumulated the highest team GPA for their respective sports. The women's track and field teams tied Marquette to share the honor.

Since 2008-09, the DePaul's women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field 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 five seasons. Women's basketball is coming off its 11th straight NCAA Championship appearance and was recently tied for second in the WBCA Academic Top 25.

In the last five academic years DePaul has had 29 programs earn the league's Team Academic Excellence Award with a department-best eight teams in 2012-13.

Ten of last year's 15 BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as DePaul finished with a conference-best eight teams recognized. Marquette and Rutgers had three teams receive awards, while Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, St. John's and Villanova had two each. Cincinnati and Seton Hall were represented by one team each.

The BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Awards are presented to the teams for having the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. The winners were chosen based on the 2012-13 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.