Saint Joseph's senior Alyssa Monaghan was honored as the Ellen Ryan Most Valuable Player and Amra Mehmedic '04 was inducted into the SJU Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday evening at the Hawks' 43rd Annual Awards Banquet held at Drexelbrook.
Posting a career-best year, Monaghan led the Hawks in scoring (14.4 ppg), three-pointers (66) and assists (97), while averaging 37.1 minutes per game. An Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Big 5 Second Team selection, the Hawks' co-captain ranked second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.400), third in free throw percentage (.849), fourth in three-point field goals made, fifth in scoring and sixth in assists.
A staple in the Hawks’ lineup the past four seasons, Monaghan set a new SJU record for career minutes played (4,119) and capped her career third all-time in program history in three-pointers made (220) and three-pointers attempted (626), fifth all-time in free throw percentage (.840) and 12th in points (1,257 points).
Leading SJU to three postseason appearances during her four seasons on Hawk Hill, Mehmedic established herself as one of the premier three-point threats in program history. Tied for the Hawks' program record in three-pointers (256), and ranking first in attempts (730), the Zenica, Bosnia native capped her career with 1,054 points (22nd all-time) as she helped Saint Joseph's advance to the quarterfinals of the 2004 Postseason WNIT her senior season. Garnering Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors during her first season, Mehmedic also proved to be a standout in the classroom as she was awarded Academic All-District Second Team recognition as a junior. Following graduation, Mehmedic continued her playing career professionally in Bulgaria.
Among others honored at the banquet were graduate student Avery Marz (Leadership Award), senior Kristalyn Baisden (Best Defensive Player), senior Whisper Fisher (Roosevelt Hunter Community Service Award), sophomore Lula Roig (Most Improved Player Award), sophomore Mary Sheehan (Patricia Ryan Unsung Hero Award and the Reverend Emory Ross Academic Excellence Award) and women's basketball administrative assistant Kathy MacDonald (Loyalty Award).