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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Robert Morris University women’s basketball program was once again recognized for its excellence in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year, placing second in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Division I Team Honor Roll, as announced by the organization this morning.

Robert Morris posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.726 over the 2016-17 campaign, finishing just behind Green Bay for the top honor. Additionally, the Phoenix and Colonials were two of just six teams within the Top 10 to appear in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes for achieving such an exceptional milestone,” said head coach Charlie Buscaglia. “It’s a very rewarding feeling when being acknowledged for such an achievement, which was obtained purely through a strong work ethic. The Division I women’s basketball season falls right in the middle of both academic semesters, which means to maintain excellence in the classroom, the level of focus always needs to be outstanding. Every quiz, test, paper, and every day attending class must be approached with passion and joy.”

“The WBCA family is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew in a 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.”

Last month, RMU claimed the Northeast Conference (NEC) Team GPA Award for women’s basketball and saw recently graduated Anna Niki Stamolamprou nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which factors academic success into its voting criteria. 10 players made the NEC Winter Academic Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, with three earning additional NEC Winter Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

“With making the NCAA Tournament, we needed to extend our work load both on the court and in the video room,” added Buscaglia. “I was so proud of how we went forward accepting that challenge with both grace and humility. Our student-athletes stayed true to our routines and culture, and never lost our priorities that we’ve established. I would like to thank our athletic department, academic counselors, administrators, and professors. We truly appreciate all the heartfelt support.”

Robert Morris finished the 2016-17 season with a 22-11 overall record, advancing to its fifth NCAA Tournament in program history. The Colonials captured their seventh NEC title and third in the past four seasons.