Atlanta, Ga. (July 31) – Behind the strength of a 3.680 grade point average, the MIT women's basketball team placed fifth on the 2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This was the second year in a row and third overall in which the Engineers cracked the top 10 on the list, as they ranked third in 2011 and seventh in 2017.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2017-18 season is the 23rd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
The Engineers paced the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a program-record eight Academic All-Conference selections as Cathryn Hart '18 (Charlestown, Mass.), Lindsay Westlake '18 (Brookline, Mass.), seniors Sophie Gershon (New York, N.Y.), Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland), Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.), Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.), and Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.), and junior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) each maintained at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. In addition, Holinski was named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
MIT finished the 2017-18 campaign with a record of 18-10, captured the program's first NEWMAC Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
"The WBCA is pleased to recognize those women's basketball programs that have committed themselves to excellence on the court and in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "The 119 teams we honor this year strive to achieve all-around success and we commend their efforts. Congratulations!"