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The 2013-14 Arizona State University women's basketball team was among the top 25 women's basketball programs in the classroom in 2013-14 as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2014 Academic Team Honor Rolls on Thursday.
The Sun Devil women's basketball team's combined team GPA of 3.412 was No. 21 among NCAA Division I institutions. ASU was one of only three teams (DePaul and Florida Gulf Coast) among the WBCA's top 25 that also participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2013-14 season is the 19th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
In March, the Sun Devils had the highest combined number (3) of first- (1 - Joy Burke) and second-team (2 - Elisha Davis and Deja Mann) honorees represented on the Pac-12's All-Academic Team. Also earning Pac-12 honorable mention recognition were Promise Amukamara, Katie Hempen and Eliza Normen.
Since the 1996-97 season, head coach Charli Turner Thorne's first season at ASU, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in the number of first-team All-Academic conference awards (15) and the combined number of first- and second-team All-Academic conference awards (34).
On the court, the Sun Devils were just as successful last season as they won 20 of their first 23 games and were ranked as high as No. 11 in the AP poll. ASU is coming off its 14th postseason appearance in the last 15 years after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2014-15 season will be the 18th at Arizona State for Turner Thorne, who is No. 2 all time in the Pac-12 in career wins.
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