BMC teams earn academic honors

By Blue Mountain College Media Relations

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – For the fourth consecutive year, Blue Mountain College has landed in the academic top 10 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics programs as recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Lady Toppers, who compiled a 3.620 grade point during the 2009-2010 season, finished third in the nation. BMC, seventh a year ago, is the only Mississippi team ranked among the top 25 in either division of the NCAA, NAIA and community and junior colleges.

Only Dana College of Blair, Neb. and Valley City (N.D.) State University finished ahead of BMC, which was ranked seventh a year ago.

In addition to the WBCA honor, the Lady Toppers cross country teams joined their women’s basketball cohorts in being named NAIA Scholar Teams for 2009-2010. The BMC women’s cross country team compiled a 3.61 GPA last year.

“Certainly these teams embody what we stand for at BMC and in the TranSouth Athletic Conference,” said Lavon Driskell, athletics director and women’s basketball coach. “It’s always great when your student-athletes can be honored, and to be honored for their academic achievements is just as important as any athletic honors they earn.

“They understand the importance of a good education and what it will mean to them and their future. We’re very proud of both these teams.”