Republished from the Stephens College Athletics website
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Stephens College Department of Athletics had seven of their eight varsity teams earn the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year, as released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Office on July 18.
"We are extremely proud of the Star athletics programs that were named NAIA Scholar-Teams," stated Athletic Director Adam Samson. "Our student-athletes had a phenomenal year academically and this recognition reinforces that. Day in, day out, these young women navigate through numerous life challenges all while displaying an excellence and dedication to both their studies and their sport."
The competitive dance team, after competing in the NAIA Nationals for the second consecutive year, finished with the highest cheer and dance GPA out of 34 eligible teams with a 3.53 GPA.
Softball placed fifth in their sport out of 124 eligible teams, finishing the year with a 3.61 GPA. Women's basketball tied for fifth place out of 49 with a 3.49 GPA.
Sporting a department high 3.67 GPA, the cross country team tied for 12th place out of 130 teams.
Tennis finished in a three-way tie for 13th with their 3.58 GPA. Volleyball held a 3.44 GPA and fell 51st on the list out of 141 teams. Golf completed the year with a 3.13 GPA.
As a department, the Stars held a 3.38 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. Individually, the Stars had 21 NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the academic year.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes through the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
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