March 17, 2009
(AP) Fourteen women's basketball teams in the NCAA tournament have perfect graduation rates.
That list includes the tournament's top seed, Connecticut, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.
Eight-time NCAA Champion and 2-time defending National Champion Tennessee is also on the list.
Of the other No. 1 seeds, Duke has a 90 percent graduation rate, Oklahoma is at 69 percent and Maryland is at 67 percent.
The other schools with 100 percent graduation rates are DePaul, Evansville, Florida, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Sacred Heart, Stanford, Texas, Vanderbilt and Villanova.
The graduation rates were based on whether freshmen who entered school between the 1998-99 and 2001-02 school years earned diplomas within six years.
Of the tournament teams reporting graduation rates, all but two were at least 60 percent. Fewer than half of men's tournament teams had graduation rates of at least 60 percent.
Only North Carolina A&T (38 percent) and TCU (59 percent) were below.
As on the men's side, the study noted the gap in graduation rates between white and African-American players. Nineteen tournament teams had a gap of 20 percentage points or more between the two groups.