April 11, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball senior captain Lily Grenci picked up another major honor Thursday. The Mars, Pa. native was one of just 10 women's basketball student athletes to be named to the 11th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar Athlete Team.
"Our Association congratulates this year's scholar-athlete award winners," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. "We pride ourselves in honoring deserving student athletes for both their academic and athletics achievements each year and are excited to have an additional platform on which to recognize these outstanding accomplishments."
Grenci receives this prestigious national honor for a second straight season. In the classroom she possesses a 3.86 cumulative GPA while majoring in Sociology and was a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection. The first student athlete in program history to be named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award last fall, Grenci is a member of Siena College's Alpha Kappa Delta International Society in Sociology.
On the court Grenci was equally impressive where she was named a First Team All-MAAC selection each of the past two seasons. Selected to the MAAC All-Tournament Team last month, Grenci ranked second in the MAAC this season in scoring (15.9), third in rebounding (9.5), sixth in free throw percentage (79.0%) and 11th in steals (1.7). She concluded her Siena career with 1,074 career points and ranks fourth in program history in free throws made (347) and 19th in rebounding (624).
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions were eligible for this prestigious award. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar Athlete Team, a candidate must have reached junior academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the Postgraduate Scholarship, candidates must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2013.
A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors were responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.
About Division I-AAA ADA
Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 101 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.