Lisch, Kemezys Earn All-League Honors

ST. LOUIS – The Atlantic 10 Conference today named Saint Louis junior guard Theresa Lisch (Belleville, Ill./Althoff) to its women's basketball All-Conference first team and junior center Amanda Kemezys (Fairview Heights, Ill./Belleville East) to the All-Conference third team. Voting was conducted by the league's head coaches.

The selection of Lisch and Kemezys marks just the second time that two Billikens have garnered All-Conference plaudits in the same season. Kelly George and Mandy Lueking were named to the 1998-99 All-Conference USA third team.

In addition, Lisch's first-team nod is just the second in program history. Julie Hacker-Buehne was a 1988-89 Midwestern Collegiate Conference first-team choice.

Lisch, who last month was chosen to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America, was tabbed A-10 women's basketball Student-Athlete of the Year by the league's women's basketball sports information directors. A Billiken has captured the honor in three of the four years SLU has held A-10 membership, as Tyler McIlwraith was the 2005-06 and 2006-07 recipient.

Lisch leads the A-10 in scoring (19.5 ppg) and free-throw percentage (.887), ranking 18th and ninth, respectively, in the nation. Her 165 free throws made and 186 free-throw attempts lead the conference and rank fourth nationally. Lisch is second in the A-10 (21st nationally) in 3-point field-goal percentage (.415), fourth in 3-pointers made per game (2.03) and fifth in assists (3.69 apg). The only Billiken to start every game this season, she adds 4.8 rebounds per game.

A three-time A-10 Player of the Week, Lisch set school records this year for points in a season (566) and game (37 at La Salle) as well as free throws made in a career (402) and season (165). She ranks fifth in Saint Louis history with 1,355 career points, fourth with 137 career 3-point field goals and seventh with 268 career assists.

Lisch's school-record 37-point outburst at La Salle is the highest scoring total in the A-10 this season. Her 12-of-12 free-throw effort at Wyoming ties for the league's best performance of the year.

Kemezys enjoyed a strong regular-season stretch run, averaging 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in her last four outings. She is seventh in the A-10 in offensive rebounding (2.73 orpg), eighth in total rebounding (7.6 rpg), ninth in free-throw percentage (.740) and 11th in scoring (12.7 ppg). Kemezys produced six double-doubles during the regular season. She tied her career high with 22 points and collected a career-high 15 rebounds against Ball State, and she tallied 22 points against Xavier.

In conference games, Kemezys' numbers and rankings were even more impressive. She tied for fourth in offensive rebounding (3.21 orpg), finished fifth in scoring (13.9 ppg) and total rebounding (8.6 rpg) and placed ninth in free-throw shooting (.766).

The Billikens face Dayton in the first round of the A-10 Championship Friday, March 6. Game time at Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C., is 11 a.m. (CT).


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