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Finlandia Women at Top of Academic Honor Roll

July 10, 20092008-09 Women's Basketball Team

HANCOCK, MI - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2008-09 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll this week.

With an average cumulative 3.592 grade point average, the Finlandia University women's basketball team is ranked third among the top 25 NCAA Division III teams.

The Finlandia women have received this third place national academic recognition two years in a row.

"Among all the NCAA Division teams - I, II, and III - Finlandia is eighth in the nation," said Curtis Wittenberg, Finlandia's head women's basketball coach. "I'm proud of the team for working so hard. It is one of our main goals every year to make this top 25 list."

"I always emphasize academics first," Wittenberg said. "I know that the students' academic success will in large part determine their future career success. All the players will tell you that I'm always harping on them to study."

The Academic Honor Roll is based on nominations submitted by WBCA-member head coaches. It is awarded to teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages (GPA) for the entire season.

Maryville University-St. Louis and York College took the first and second NCAA Division III academic spots with GPAs of 3.625 and 3.624, respectively.

For additional information about the Finlandia University women's basketball program, please contact Curtis Wittenberg at 906-487-7214 or


Finlandia University is a baccalaureate degree-granting, co-educational learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service. Founded in 1896, Finlandia is the only private, not-for-profit institution of higher education in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is one of 24 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Finlandia offers degrees in the disciplines of liberal studies, health sciences, business administration, and fine art and design. Finlandia is a member of NCAA Division III. Visit the university's website at

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, visit