Study: Graduation rates for teams in women's NCAA tourney higher than those in men's field

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By KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Women's teams competing in the NCAA tournament are graduating their players at a higher rate than their male counterparts.

A study released Tuesday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows the women graduating at a rate of 87 percent, compared to 72 percent for the men.

The women's field has 21 teams graduating at 100 percent.

Northwestern State University was the lone women's NCAA tourney team to fall below the NCAA-mandated Academic Progress Rate score of 930, or 50 percent graduation rate equivalent. Eight men's teams were below that standard.

The women also saw 1 percentage point decrease in the disparity between the graduation rates of white and African-Americans. That gap is five percentage points. It is a 24-point gap for men's teams.

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