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          Graduation rates for all Div. I women's basketball
     players "declined for the second straight year," according
     to Mark Asher of the WASHINGTON POST.  The declines, which
     were reported in the '99 NCAA Graduation Rates Report
     released today, "were sharpest among black basketball
     players, both male and female, as other rates generally
     remained constant."  One-year drops of 4% for all female
     basketball players and 6% for black female players "left
     those graduation rates equal to and two points lower than
     those for any class entering college since the NCAA
     implemented tougher standards in the fall of" '86.  In two
     years, the graduation rate of all female Div. I basketball
     players dropped from an all-time high of 67% to 62%.  Asher
     adds, "Nevertheless, female basketball players continue to
     graduate at a higher rate than all female students do"
     (WASHINGTON POST, 8/30).  The survey also shows that 58% of
     more than 14,600 athletes who entered as freshmen in '92
     "had graduated by last year."  USA TODAY's Steve Wieberg:
     "That's a percentage point higher than a year ago and
     slightly better than the 56% for the entire student body at
     the same schools" (USA TODAY, 8/30).