Liddic, Chili Named Area Players of the Year

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Track honors

Last Saturday, Alexandra Chili and Spencer Liddic helped the Muhlenberg basketball teams sweep their Senior Day doubleheader against McDaniel. Alexandra Chili

They must have kept the brooms handy, because this afternoon, the senior duo swept the player of the year awards at the final Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball luncheon of the 2011-12 season at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

It’s just the third time in the 15-year history of the luncheons that one school has swept the two awards voted on by coaches, sports information directors and local media members, and the second time the Mules have done it (they also swept in 2001-02).

It was a fitting result for two players who have been grouped together since their freshman seasons for their successes both on and off the court.

In addition to each being their respective Centennial Conference scoring leaders, they are also both first-team Academic All-District selections and are on the ballot for Academic All-America honors to be released next week.

They each hold Muhlenberg single-season scoring records, as well as some impressive conference career marks - Liddic in rebounds (969) and double-doubles (43), and Chili for three-pointers (317, 11th in Division III women’s history).

All told, they’ve combined for 3,525 points, 1,393 rebounds, 145 wins, five Academic All-District selections, four All-Region selections, six All-CC selections, four Scotty Wood Tournament MVP awards and 13 CC player of the week awards.

Click here to see a graphic of their accomplishments.

But perhaps the biggest similarity between the two has been their humility in the face of so much success. Spencer Liddic

They have both remained humble while earning all of their accolades. Liddic, in fact, admitted he has even hit up Chili for advice on his game.

Primarily a low post player during his career, he has tried to extend his game a little more outside every year. And who better to go to for some shooting pointers than the player who has made more threes than any other player, male or female, in CC history?

“In order to become a better shooter, you’ve got to go to the best shooter there is, and that’s Alex Chili,” Liddic said. “But she’s more than just a great shooter; she’s a tremendous teammate and incredible player. I’ve seen her evolve so much over the years; I mean she leads her team in assists.

“If you’ve watched her the past couple years, you can tell she is so much more than just a scorer, she’s a total team player and a great leader on the court. She is more than deserving of this award and all of her other awards.”

They are two of the most decorated players in Muhlenberg basketball history and are considered once-in-a-lifetime players by their coaches.

And while they’ve both become accustomed to speaking up during games and practices to motivate their teammates, the one word you will hear them say the least is, “I.” Both Liddic and Chili are always deflecting praise to their teammates and coaches and would rather talk about team accomplishments.

Even after winning her award, Chili was much more excited to talk about her Mule counterpart. And while she did not have a vote, she wanted to give him her full endorsement.

“Spencer is an all star in every way,” she said. “He’s a leader, both vocally and by the way he plays on the court, and such a hustler. He’s always looking to make his team better, which is the sign of a true leader. I’m really impressed with how Spencer has evolved over the years; he’s improved each season and added something to his game.

“He is a great player, teammate and friend, and he definitely has my vote for Lehigh Valley player of the year.”