Edision, N.J. - Manhattan College junior guard Maggie Blair and Siena College junior forward Lily Grenci were named to the 2012 Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete team on April 3rd in Cleveland, Ohio. There were a total of 22 athletes (11 men, 11 women) to receive the honor.
Blair appeared in all 34 contests during the 2011-12 campaign, as Manhattan advanced to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) for the second straight season. A team captain, she averaged 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds per game while also ranking third on the squad with 1.9 assists per contest. Blair handed out a career-high eight assists in a win over East Tennessee State on Nov. 19.
A double-major in finance and management, Blair was one of two honorees to boast a perfect 4.00 GPA, joining UMBC's Michelle Kurowski. She has the highest GPA in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and is a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection. Blair is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She was selected to represent the MAAC at the NCAA's annual SAAC convention this summer. In addition, Blair is one of 10 student-athletes featured in the "A Day In the Life" video presentation as a part of the MAAC exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A native of Mars, Pa., Grenci had a phenomenal year both on and off the court for the Saints. She finished second in the MAAC in scoring (15.2) and third in rebounding (7.8) in addition to shooting 76.3% from the free throw line which ranked sixth. She was the only player in the conference to score in double figures in all 18 regular season MAAC games and scored nine points or more in 26 of 28 games overall.
Academically, Grenci was also recognized by the MAAC as a member of the conference's All-Academic Team. Grenci currently boasts a 3.83 GPA while majoring in Sociology.
About Division I-AAA ADA
Now in its 11th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.