Record-Tying Eight Teams Claim BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Awards
July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – DePaul earned a record-tying eight BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Awards to lead the conference as the honors were announced by the league office on Wednesday. A total of 22 teams from the league’s sports have been recognized for having the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport.

Nine BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as the Blue Demons led the league with eight teams recognized. The eight programs tie DePaul’s record that was previously set in 2012-13 and 2014-15. DePaul led the BIG EAST in Team Academic Excellence Awards for the seventh straight year.

Seton Hall followed DePaul with four teams while Villanova totaled three team honors. St. John’s tallied two teams with top GPA’s and Butler, Creighton, Marquette, Temple and Denver each had one team recognized.

The list of honored DePaul teams include women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, men's soccer, softball, women's tennis and volleyball.

The 2016-17 honors mark the seventh straight year that DePaul has led the BIG EAST with eight teams recognized in 2012-13 and 2014-15 while five teams earned honors in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2013-14.

The winners were chosen based on the 2016-17 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.

Since 2008-09, the DePaul's women's basketball, women’s cross country, 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 and volleyball teams have all earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence at least once.

In the last nine academic years DePaul has totaled 56 programs to earn the league's Team Academic Excellence Award with a department-best eight teams in 2016-17, 2014-15 and 2012-13.

2016-17 BIG EAST Team Academic Awards

Sport School GPA
Baseball Seton Hall 3.506
Men's Basketball Villanova 3.172
Women's Basketball DePaul 3.55
Men's Cross Country Marquette 3.499
Women's Cross Country DePaul 3.798
Men's Indoor Track & Field Villanova 3.317
Women's Indoor Track & Field DePaul 3.587
Men's Outdoor Track & Field Villanova 3.317
Women's Outdoor Track & Field DePaul 3.587
Field Hockey Temple 3.52
Men's Golf Seton Hall 3.536
Women's Golf Butler 3.76
Men's Lacrosse St. John's 3.42
Women's Lacrosse Denver 3.48
Men's Soccer DePaul 3.512
Women's Soccer St. John's 3.73
Softball DePaul 3.512
Men's Swimming & Diving Seton Hall 3.378
Women's Swimming & Diving Seton Hall 3.516
Men's Tennis Creighton 3.70
Women's Tennis DePaul 3.699
Volleyball DePaul 3.576
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