The Wyoming women’s basketball team was recognized as one of the top women’s basketball programs in The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ (TIDES) 2021 Brains and Diversity study, making it to the “Sweet 16” in the study by graduate students in the University of Central Florida’s Sport Business Graduate Program.
The study provides the most comprehensive analysis of the academic performance of student-athletes on teams participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. The study examined the Graduation Success Rates (GSR) and Academic Progress Rates (APR) as reported by the NCAA for tournament teams.
This study also compared the graduation rate data of white and Black male and female basketball student-athletes. Finally, it compares graduation rates and academic progress for Division I teams that had been selected to the NCAA Tournament.
“This makes me proud of our student-athletes, and it shows the commitment to academics by the women’s basketball program and the athletics department,” said UW Senior Associate AD and Senior Women’s Administrator, Dr. China Jude, who also serves as the President of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA).
The Cowgirls had an APR of 1,000 and a GSR of 100 percent for all basketball student-athletes. Because of the academic success and diversity, the Cowgirls were a No. 3 seed in the study’s bracket and made it to the “Sweet 16” in the bracket.
“This study was a very interesting concept and added some different elements to the bracket and seeding of this year’s tournament,” said Head Coach Gerald Mattinson.
“I’m proud of the work our girls have done in the classroom and this shows not only their dedication, but the department’s as a whole, to academics, as well as the university’s continued commitment towards diversity.”
On the court, the Cowgirls finished the season 14-10 overall and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to UCLA March 22 in Austin, Texas. Wyoming won its first Mountain West Tournament in program history to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.