PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University women’s basketball team was recognized as part of the NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards for the 2012-13 academic year, the organization announced Wednesday.
The honor is given to programs whose multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores are among the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort. Washington State's women’s basketball team posted a perfect four-year average score of 1,000, and was one of 43 women’s basketball teams honored for its accomplishments. WSU, along with Stanford, were the only two Pac-12 Conference schools recognized.
“It has been a pleasure to follow Coach Daugherty’s basketball team, watching the work ethic and commitment to academics complement the athletic success we have seen this year,” said WSU Faculty Athletics Representative Ken Casavant. “These young ladies are definitely winners as student-athletes.”
The latest APR score takes into account the previous four academic years, this latest score beginning with 2009-10. WSU women’s basketball has registered perfect single-year APR scores for each of the last four academic years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13).
“I could not be more proud of my Cougs for continuing a 100 percent APR for the fourth year in a row,” said WSU Head Coach June Daugherty. “We are so appreciative for the dedication of our administration and academic support staff in helping our program continue to achieve greatness. It is an honor to coach such incredible young women and work with a community that supports and celebrates in the accomplishments of the Washington State Women’s Basketball program. Go Cougs.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Multi-year APR scores for all Division I athletic programs, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 14.