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Jul 18, 2012 4:06 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports

MSU Women making the grade

BOZEMAN - For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Montana State women's basketball team ranked among the top 12 in the nation at the NCAA Division I level for combined grade-point average inclusive of all student-athletes on its rosters for the 2011-12 season, announced the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Tuesday afternoon.

The Bobcats finished 11th overall with a combined 3.456 grade-point average. MSU was the highest ranked Big Sky Conference team from last winter. Northern Colorado (12), Montana (17) and Eastern Washington (25) also ranked in the top 25.

"I am proud of our student-athletes as they have established a standard of excellence as a program with their consistent efforts in the classroom," said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. "We challenge our student-athletes to be dedicated on and off the court, and they continue to impress me with their perseverance. They are not only excellent students, talented basketball players, but wonderful people. This is a great recognition for our program and MSU community."

Eight Bobcat players earned All Big Sky Conference Academic kudos last season, highlighted by junior Rachel Semansky, who earned Second-Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All America recognition.

Last year, Montana State ranked 12th overall. MSU's highest academic ranking was fourth during the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay ranked No. 1 overall with a 3.616 cumulative team grade-point average.

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