(Peru, Neb.)—On Wednesday, July 20, The Peru State women's basketball team earned a Special Mention in the WBCA 2021-22 Academic Top 25 Honor Rolls. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association recognizes teams from DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and two-year colleges.
"The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year 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 2021-22 season is the 27th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls," according to the WBCA press release.
Here is what WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew had to say about this year's recipients…
"The WBCA family of coaches is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew according to the press release "This year's WBCA Academic Top 25 is a powerful list of teams and their head coaches who have winning cultures that prepare their student-athletes for success in life."
Donahew continued…
"We are also pleased this year to recognize all teams that achieved the minimum 3.0 combined GPA required for nomination. That alone is no small feat considering the rigors of playing college athletics."
This year's release also marks the first year in which all teams which qualified for the top 25 rankings with the minimum 3.0 GPA also are recognized for their academic accomplishment according to the release.
Teams having a 3.0 combined GPA and qualifying for consideration in their respective divisions are also listed as special mentions according to the release.

2021-22 Varsity Womens Basketball Team Photo
2021-22 Varsity Women's Basketball Team Photo

Bobcat women's basketball assistant coach Brianna Bogard had this to say about the mention…
"Extremely proud of our girls this year for taking caring of business on and off the court," said Coach Bogard. "Really excited to watch this group grow academically and as a team this upcoming year."
Members of the Peru State team receiving this team honor were: Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil), Elizabeth Baumert (Plattsmouth), Adreal Bell (Independence, Mo.), Natasha Deal (Winnebago), Maddy Duncan (Hamburg, Iowa), Hailey Ingram (Omaha), Julie Miller (Easton, Kan.), Jescenia Mosely (Shenandoah, Iowa), Keisha Snyder (Winnebago), and Samantha Stewart (Mount Ayr, Iowa).
Peru State women's basketball tips off on Saturday, October 29, at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas.