March 4, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University women's basketball team had three student-athletes named to the All-Patriot League Teams, conference officials announced Tuesday. Senior guard Liz Hayes was named to the first-team while senior forward Stephanie N'Garsanet was tabbed a second-team honoree. Freshman forward Liz Leer was selected to the all-rookie squad.
Hayes earned All-Patriot League First Team honors after leading the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference. She is also first on the team in assists per game, averaging 3.28 helpers, also fourth-best in the PL. Hayes has started all 29 games for the Eagles and has a team-leading 60 three-point field goals, needing just nine more threes to tie the career record of 147. Hayes has been named PL Baden Player of the Week on three occasions during her senior year. Last year Hayes was an All-PL Second Team selection and was named the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
N'Garsanet was named to the All-PL Second Team, her first all-conference award. N'Garsanet averages 9.0 points per game and 4.9 rebounds in 29 starts for American. She posted her first-career double-double last Wednesday in a 69-37 win over Navy, scoring 15 points and picking up 11 rebounds. She earned her first-ever PL Baden Player of the Week honor in the final week of voting, following the performance against Navy and a 17 point effort in the Eagles' 60-57 overtime win at Lafayette.
Leer rounds out the AU all-conference winners, being named to the all-rookie team. Leer, a four-time Baden Rookie of the Week, averages 6.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Eagles off the bench. She leads American in blocks with 37 and free-throw percentage, connecting on 76.9 percent of her shots from the stripe. Leer scored a career-high 18 points on two occasions this year against Morgan St. and Bucknell.
The Eagles, who won their first-ever regular season Patriot League Title, have won 10 straight games, including seven on the road. The road streak is the longest in American's program history and 10 straight wins ties the AU record for consecutive wins dating back to the 1997-98 season.
The Eagles will continue their quest for the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday when they play Colgate at 12:00 noon at Christl Arena on the campus of Army. American is the first seed, while Colgate is the eighth seed. The Eagles won both contests during the regular season by scores of 88-58 and 73-46, respectively.
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