Dec. 12, 2011
Siena greats Dinny Cahill '75 and Liz Lops '94 will be inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll as part of the organization's first-ever class. Each MAAC school had two all-time greats tapped for the honor, and 20 of the conference's most memorable student athletes will be honored with spots in The MAAC Experience exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"We are proud to partner with the MAAC, its 2012 MAAC Basketball Championships and the MAAC Honor Roll, which will be a part of their exhibit at the Hall of Fame," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "There have been so many incredible basketball players through the years from the MAAC, and it will be great to recognize these great athletes in Springfield and throughout the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase weekend."
Cahill is Siena's eighth all-time assist leader, dishing out 372 assists in 72 games played as the Saints' point guard. During his three seasons, he registered 572 points and 180 rebounds while shooting 45.4 percent from the field (224-493) and 64.6 percent from the free throw line (124-192). The Saints owned an overall record of 49-26 (.653) during Cahill's time wearing the Green and Gold.
Lops is the Saints' fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,702 points in 111 games played. She was the team's single-season scoring leader for three years - 419 points as a sophomore, 464 as a junior and 516 as a senior. In addition, she is ranked third in Siena history for rebounds (915), fifth in free throw percentage (79.3) and eighth in field goals made (569). In her senior campaign, she helped lead the Saints to their first MAAC regular season title since joining the league in 1989-90 and earned an Honorable Mention to the 1994 Kodak All-America Team.
A private dinner event will be on Friday, March 2 at the Hall of Fame, where the honorees will be added to The MAAC Experience exhibit and receive special recognition from a Hall of Fame legend. Each honoree will be profiled in the game program for the 2012 MAAC Basketball Championships, and will also be featured in a video display at The MAAC Experience. The honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the #8 vs. #9 men's first round game set for 7:30 p.m. that night.