NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced the 2016-17 All-MAAC Women’s Basketball All-MAAC Teams as voted upon by the league’s 11 head coaches. Senior Marina Lizarazu and sophomore Alexis Lewis of the Iona College women’s basketball program were both selected to the All-MAAC First Team.
It is the second straight year that Lizarazu earns All-MAAC first team honors and it is a first time recognition for Lewis. Being selected to the All-MAAC First Team, both student-athletes are in the running to be named the conference’s Player of the Year which will be announced on Friday, Mar. 3 at 10:30 AM.
Lewis has been named to the All-MAAC First Team after being honored with the MAAC Co-Sixth Player of the Year and All-Rookie Team distinctions in 2015-16. The Pittston, PA native led Iona and ranked third in the MAAC in scoring averaging 16.2 PPG. She finished second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 8.1 per game and ranked atop the league in offensive rebounds per game at 3.3. Additionally, Lewis ranked top-five in three-point field goal percentage (37.2) and three-point field goals per game (2.4). Her 10 double-doubles is tied for the league-lead with Rider’s Julia Duggan.
Lewis set multiple career-highs this season. She scored a career-high 27 points at Monmouth (2/12) and pulled down a personal-best 15 rebounds versus Quinnipiac (1/28). In non-conference play, Lewis knocked down 11 field goals at North Texas (11/26), made seven triples versus Saint Francis Brooklyn (12/17), and swatted away three shots at Navy (11/21).
A Preseason All-MAAC Second Team selection, Lewis Led Iona in scoring 14 times, rebounding 12 times and steals on 13 occasions. She scored double-digits 24 times and had 10 20+ scoring outings.
Lewis was named the MAAC Player of the Week twice this season, and was once named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division I Player of the Week.
Lizarazu made good on her All-MAAC Preseason Player of the Year distinction by finishing top 10 in six different categories. She finished the regular season ranking seventh in scoring (14.4), second in assists per game (4.0), fourth in steals (3.1), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1), ninth in free-throw percentage (76.9), and fifth in minutes per game (35.4).
Lizarazu was named the MAAC Player of the Week a league-leading three times and netted one Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week award.
Against Manhattan (1/20), Lizarazu scored a career-high 26 points. She pulled down a career-high nine rebounds against Duquesne (11/19), and dished out a season-high 10 assists in a crucial victory over Fairfield (2/19). As Iona’s most proficient free throw shooter, Lizarazu twice made 10 attempts from the charity stripe with the latest coming against Quinnipiac (1/28). She played a full game, forty minutes, on 13 different occasions this season.
Lizarazu had nine games of 20+ points and led the Gaels in scoring on 11 occasions. She dished out at least five assists eight times finished a game with a team-high total 16 times.
The Madrid, Spain native is the only repeat First Team selection.
Below is a full list of the All-MAAC Teams and All-MAAC Rookie Team.