Lobos Earn Another WBCA Academic Top 25 Award
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/18/2013

July 18, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball program has received another national academic honor. Coach Sanchez and the Lobos were ranked 23rd in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 25 Academic Honor Roll with a team grade point average of 3.372 for the season. It marks the sixth consecutive season the Lobos have been in the WBCA Academic Top 25.

“Our program has always built itself on a strong academic foundation, and the WBCA’s Academic Top 25 has been an important measure of that. To be ranked in the top 25 academically in Division I Women’s Basketball for a sixth-straight season shows how hard our team works in the classroom,” said Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez.

WBCA Top 25 Academic National Ranking Appearances
Season WBCA National Ranking
2012-2013 23rd
2011-2012 14th
2010-2011 8th
2009-2010 11th
2008-2009 10th
2007-2008 22nd
2005-2006 6th
2004-2005 12th

It’s the eighth time in nine seasons New Mexico has ranked among the nation’s best academically. UNM was the only school from the Mountain West or the Pacific 12 in the rankings for 2012-13.

The academic top 25 ranking from the WBCA is the latest accolade in an impressive academic résumé from last season:

  • Caroline Durbin was named a Capital One Academic All-American. She was the first ever Lobo to win the honor in back-to-back seasons. Durbin was only the second player in Mountain West history to do it as well.
  • Jayme Jackson, Chinyere Nnaji and Whitney Johnson were all awarded Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors. The Lobos were the only program in the nation to have three award winners, which is given to minority student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in their communities.
  • The program received a perfect APR score for the 2011-12 season, which was included in the most recent report released by the NCAA. UNM has 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 joined July 1.
  • Ten different Lobos were named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team. New Mexico led all MW programs in the category.
  • Caroline Durbin,Jayme Jackson and Whitney Johnson received Mountain West Scholar-Athlete accolades as well.  It marked the tenth-straight season the program has had at least three scholar-athletes. The Cherry & Silver have has amassed 51 MW Scholar-Athletes since the 2003-2004 season.