UCC bench

Umpqua’s Sienna Riggle (10), Brooklyn Gilbert (4), Kim Ortiz and Lainey Rincon look on from the bench during the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship game in March.

Umpqua Community College’s women’s basketball team didn’t just prosper on the court, but in the classroom as well.

The Riverhawks had an average 3.393 grade point average and earned the No. 8 spot in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honor roll.

“Mandatory supervised study hall, regular grade checks, tutors and weekly follow-up meetings with each of our players have all been put in place to give each of them the tools necessary to reach their academic potential,” longtime UCC coach Dave Stricklin said. “Parents from anywhere in the country can send their daughter to UCC with full confidence that she will be immersed in a culture that promotes both high-level basketball and high-level academics.”

UCC ended its season on the court in March with a 32-1 overall record, falling just short of the Northwest Athletic Conference title.

Umpqua was sixth in the academic ranking last year, but has a 0.019 higher GPA this season.

“We have made this list several times over the years, but this is the third straight year we have been in the Top 10,” Stricklin said.

WBCA Academic Top 5 recognized NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and two-year schools. The GPA off all student-athletes on their roster for the entire season is calculated in.

Snow College had the highest GPA in the country for two-year schools, followed by Northwest Mississippi Community College and Miles Community College.

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