Liz Leer of the American University women's basketball team has been selected to the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team, conference officials announced Tuesday.
A Public Communication major, Leer has registered a 3.395 cumulative GPA. She has been named to the Dean's List in four semesters and a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice. Earlier this year, she was named a Capital One Academic All-District Second Team honoree.
On the court, Leer is a two-time All-Patriot League First Team honoree, only the second AU women's basketball student-athlete to ever earn that distinction. The Glenside, Pa., native leads AU in both scoring and rebounding this season with 13.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg, both of which rank fifth in the Patriot League. She leads the conference in field goal percentage (51.8 percent) and three-point percentage (45.3 percent). She was the key force in American's program-record 11-game winning streak during the middle of the season, which was the sixth-longest winning streak in Division I at the time.
Leer has set her mark in AU history with 1,347 career points, the fourth-most in school history, along with 721 career rebounds, the third-most at AU. She is the career leader in blocked shots with 205, which ranks sixth in Patriot League history. She also ranks as the most prolific three-point shooter in program history at 42.3 percent, second all-time in career FT accuracy (81.4 percent), and fifth all-time in career FG proficiency (51.7 percent). For her career, she has eight double-doubles, and has registered 25+ points on three occasions, including twice this year.
Leer has played an instrumental role in American's team success over the past four years, leading the squad to a program-record three straight WNIT appearances. She has made a program-record 123 career appearances (every game during her four years), including 86 starts, with the team earning a 79-44 overall record during her four seasons. This includes a 43-13 record in Patriot League play and three regular season titles. She is part of the winningest senior class in program history.
Additionally, Leer interned last summer at the Becky Lee Women's Fund, an organization that raises awareness for domestic violence. Through this, she has assisted with public relations for the Bethany House of Northern Virginia, which provides shelter and support for women and their children that are affected by domestic violence.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. The Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Liz Leer, American
Erin Anthony, Army
Joyce Novacek, Bucknell
Whitney Fremeau, Holy Cross
Erica Prosser, Lehigh