Lisch To Forgo Senior Season

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis junior guard Theresa Lisch (Belleville, Ill./Althoff), who was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team after enjoying a record-setting 2008-09 season, has announced that she will not return for her final year of eligibility.

Lisch, a communication sciences and disorders major, will graduate from Saint Louis University in May.

"After completing my undergraduate studies and receiving a degree from Saint Louis University later this spring, I will forego my fourth year of eligibility," Lisch said. "I will leave the University with nothing but wonderful memories.

"I have been blessed to be a part of this University, which has fostered my spiritual, academic and athletic growth from day one," Lisch added. "I consider myself privileged, and I will be forever grateful for having had the chance to share in the lives of second-to-none teammates, coaches, professors and other members of the Saint Louis University community. I am excited about my upcoming marriage and the opportunity to support and encourage my future husband as he pursues a professional basketball career overseas."

"We are happy for Theresa as she moves on to the next phase of her life," head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller said. "She is an exceptional student-athlete, and we are appreciative of her commitment and dedication to the University and Billiken women's basketball. Although she will be missed, her teammates and coaches are excited for her and wish her nothing but the best."

This season, Lisch became the second Saint Louis women's basketball player selected to an All-Conference first team and the first to earn that distinction in the A-10. She also became the first SLU women's basketball student-athlete to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. In addition, Lisch was tabbed A-10 women's basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and collected three A-10 Player of the Week honors, bringing her career total to four.

Lisch claimed five school records and tied another this season. She set SLU standards for points in a season (574), free throws made in a career (406) and season (169), career free-throw percentage (.869) and points in a game (37 at La Salle), and she tied the school mark for best perfect game from the free-throw line (12-for-12 at Wyoming). On the Billiken career charts, Lisch ranks second in scoring average (17.0 ppg), fourth in 3-point field goals made (137), fifth in points (1,363), fifth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.364) and seventh in assists (270). She averaged 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals in her 80-game career.

Lisch led the A-10 in scoring (19.1 ppg) and free-throw percentage (.889) this year. She ranks seventh in the nation in free-throw percentage and 25th in scoring in the most recent NCAA report. Lisch tied for fourth in the conference in 3-point field goals made per game (1.97) and was fifth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.404) and assists (3.63 apg).

As a sophomore, Lisch was a third-team All-Conference pick, a second-team Academic All-District honoree and one of 10 players named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team. She was an A-10 All-Rookie choice as a freshman.

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