NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced its postseason awards Monday, and two members of the Iona College women’s basketball program earned recognition. Senior Marina Lizarazu and sophomore Alexis Lewis have been named to the All-MBWA Third Team. It is the second straight season that Iona has two representatives amongst the All-MBWA honorees.
Lizarazu is a two-time All-MAAC First Team selection and a two-time All-MBWA Third Team member. She was named the MAAC Player of the Week a league-leading three times (Dec. 26, Jan. 23, Feb. 6). In addition, she earned one mention as the College Sports Madness Player of the Week (Jan. 23) and MBWA Player of the Week (Jan. 24).
Lizarazu played in 30 games, starting in 27 contests. She averaged 14.9 PPG, 4.1 APG, and 2.5 STL/G while maintaining a 1.2 AST/TO ratio. In a model of durability, she played 35.6 minutes per game, including playing a full 40 minutes on 13 different occasions.
On Jan. 20 against Manhattan, Lizarazu scored a career-high 26 points on a personal-best 10 FG made. She had one double-double on the year, collecting 12 points and 10 assists at home on Feb. 19 against Fairfield. In nonconference competition, the Madrid, Spain native scored 23 points and swiped up a season-high seven steals at Penn State.
Her 2.5 steals per game average and total of 74 steals both rank fifth most in a single season.
At the conclusion of her career, Lizarazu ranks 19th all-time in Iona history with 1,122 points scored donning the Maroon & Gold. She assisted on 470 field goals, fourth most in Gael history; her 5.1 assists per game average ranks number one all-time. Defensively she averaged 1.8 steals per game, tied for ninth most all-time. In reference to her durability, Lizarazu averaged 35.2 minutes per game, the highest amount in program history.
Lewis was named to the All-MAAC First Team after being honored as the Co-Sixth Player of the Year and All-MAAC Rookie team honoree in her freshman campaign. This year she averaged 15.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.4 APG and 1.8 STL/G. She shot 40.3% from the floor and 37.7% from beyond the arc.
She attempted 442 field goal attempts, tied for eighth most all-time in a single season. She made 75 three-point field goals on 199 attempts, both of which rank fifth-most in a single season.
Appearing in 31 games, Lewis earned two MAAC Player of the Week (Nov. 18, Feb. 20) honors and one College Sports Madness (Dec. 19) weekly accolade. She scored a career-high 27 points at Monmouth (Feb. 12) and pulled down a personal-best 15 board at Quinnipiac (Jan. 28).
Thus far in her career, Lewis has scored 803 career points, ranking 34th most all-time. She has made 122 career long-range attempts, ranking 10th all-time, connecting on 36.9% of her long range attempts, the sixth highest percentage all-time.
Camille Zimmerman of Columbia has been named the All-Met Division I women's basketball player of the Year. Rider University Head Coach Lynn Mulligan has voted the Coach of the Year, and Marist rookie Rebekah Hand was named the Rookie of the Year.
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