NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has ranked the Bethel College Lady Threshers 15th academically for 2013-14 among schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
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 grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.
The 2013-14 season was the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
The Threshers had a team GPA of 3.446, topping all the other schools in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Ottawa ranked 24th with 3.316. Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota, led the list with 3.746.
Bethel players named KCAC Scholar-Athletes were Chianne Cates, junior from Las Vegas, Nevada; Jessica Ebenkamp, senior from Conway Springs; Katie Regier, graduating senior from Whitewater; Kendra Scott, junior from Newton; Jaime Tschetter, junior from Freeman, South Dakota; Lauren Ulrich, junior from Walnut, California; Samantha Wilkerson, graduating senior from Hartford; and Brianna Zerger, senior from Hutchinson.
In addition, Ebenkamp, Regier, Wilkerson and Zerger were named to the NAIA Division II Scholar-Athlete Team.
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information, visit wbca.org.
Bethel female athletes were also recognized for their hard work in the classroom by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The Thresher volleyball team received an AVCA Team Academic Award for 2013-14, one of 33 in the NAIA and one of three in the KCAC.
The AVCA initiated their team award in 1992-93 to honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. In sports, Bethel competes within the 11-member KCAC and the NAIA. See www.bethelks.edu and www.bethelthreshers.com.