Panthers Ranked In WBCA Academic Top 25 For Fifth Time

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 18, 2011) – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women’s basketball team was ranked 15th in the annual Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association Academic Top 25 rankings, the organization announced last week.

The Panthers boast a 3.402 cumulative grade point average as a team and appear in the national rankings for the fifth time since 2003. Last season, Milwaukee was 22nd with a team GPA of 3.340.

Ashley Imperiale

Ashley Imperiale

“I am very proud of our student-athletes,” head coach Sandy Botham said. “It is exciting to see them be recognized again for the hard work and focus they have put into balancing the demands of being a student and a Division I athlete.”

Senior Ashley Imperiale won the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award for the third straight season in 2009-10 and was honored with UWM’s Athletic Director’s Award as the student-athlete with the highest GPA for the second-straight year at the Student-Athlete Awards Reception. She has maintained a 3.99 grade point average, one of five Panthers with a GPA of 3.6 or better. Eight members of the team have a GPA of at least 3.20 and we honored on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll last month.

The Horizon League had three schools in the top 25. Milwaukee was joined by Youngstown State at No. 17 (3.395) and league champion Green Bay at No. 19 (3.378).

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