June 12, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - If you know Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez and University of New Mexico Women's Basketball, then you aren't surprised by the program's perfect 1,000 APR score for the 2011-12 year. You also probably aren't surprised by the fact the Lobos have the highest four-year APR score (991) of any of the Mountain West's eleven women's basketball programs, which includes San Jose State and Utah State who officially join July 1.
Coach Sanchez and the Lobos are one of six programs in the conference to post a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the 2011-12 academic year, which is the newest APR data released by the NCAA on Tuesday. UNM joins Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV and Utah State as the conference's six members to post a perfect score for 2011-12.
New Mexico's four-year rolling APR score of 991 is 19 points above the national average of 972, and it was tied for the second-highest among all varsity sports at the University of New Mexico. Coach Sanchez and company's accomplishments were part of department-wide success throughout New Mexico Athletics.
Caroline Durbin helped spearhead an academically-decorated season for the Lobos in 2012-13. She became the first Lobo, and second player in conference history, to earn back-to-back Academic All-American honors. Durbin was also the Lobo Club's Female Student Athlete of the Year after graduating with a degree in Business Administration with a 4.18 cumulative gpa. Whitney Johnson, Jayme Jackson and Chinyere Nnaji were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars and made New Mexico the only program in the nation to have three student-athletes receive the award.