March 11, 2008
WASHINGTON - American's Liz Hayes was named the Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday by Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. This is the second-straight year Hayes has earned the honor. The scholar-athlete of the year award is voted on by the Patriot League's women's basketball sports information directors.
Hayes carries a 3.61 grade-point average into the second half of her senior year as a public communications major. She was named a to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District Academic All-America list.
The senior guard was named First-Team All-Patriot League this season after averaging 12.9 points per game to lead the Eagles to a No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Hayes ranks second in the League with 64 three-pointes made, is fourth in free throw percentage (.762) and sixth in assists (3.13). The Easton, Pa., native scored in double digits 22 times this season and reached 20 or more points on three occasions. Since American joined the Patriot League in 2001, Hayes has accounted for both of the Eagles' Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, 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 are not eligible for this honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.