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Laker women’s basketball honored for academic excellence

By Staff | Jul 16, 2008

The Iowa Lakes women’s basketball team was recognized this week as the team with the third highest GPA of all community colleges in the nation.

The Laker women boasted a 3.469 GPA for the 2007-2008 college year.

“It is a real honor to our players to follow up from being number one in the nation last year to being third in the nation this year,” said head coach Brian Radtke. “It is a great achievement for them and they are a great core set of student athletes.”

Team members this past season were Ricca Soper of Estherville, Samantha Boje of Waseca, Minn., Hannah Downing of Elk River, Minn., Kristin Patterson of New Ulm, Minn., Sam Widmer of Sleepy Eye, Minn., Jazzmine Hall of Milwaukee, Wis., Karissa Kramer of Sleepy Eye, Kym Zitzner of LaCrosse, Wis., Jynna Coyle of Belle Foursche, S.D., and Shanda Novak of Oxford.

The GPAs are calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student-athlete on an institution’s roster in the given academic terms by the total number of hours earned by the team.

The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point. Per a motion passed by the WBCA Board of Directors in 2007, teams making the list of Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll must obtain at least a 3.000 overall GPA.

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 in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls.