Limestone College sophomore guard Maurissa Lester (Marietta, Ga.) has been named the winner of the prestigious NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite 89 A...ward. The NCAA announced the major recognition on Monday, March 24, at the Championship Awards Banquet as part of the 2014 NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Maintaining the tradition of excellence in the classroom and on the court, Lester becomes the third Limestone College student-athlete to pick up the award in as many years. Maia Czarnecki earned the 2013 Division II Women's Lacrosse Elite 89 Award while Todd Nakasuji was named the 2012 Division II Men's Lacrosse Elite 89 Award winner.
Lester, who is majoring in Biology, currently carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average through 45 credit hours completed.
Before being sidelined with an injury, Lester played a key role in Limestone's success early in the season. She averaged 8.6 points per game through the first 13 games of the year while playing just over 20 minutes per contest. She made five starts for the Saints as a sophomore and has two 20-point games to her credit this year. Lester shot 38-percent from the field during that span and was 16-of-48 (33%) from behind the arc.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
The Saints (ending the year at 27-6 overall) lost to West Texas A&M in Tuesday's Elite Eight game in Erie, PA.
(Article by Limestone College Sports Information Department)