Basketball "Dynamic Duo" Earn Academic All-America Recognition

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

All-CC basketball

Spencer Liddic Alexandra ChiliLike Astaire & Rogers, Batman & Robin, Beavis & Butt-head and other famous duos, Spencer Liddic and Alexandra Chili will always be linked. They are extremely talented performers, and they are “dynamic,” but unlike Beavis & Butt-head, they are also very smart.

For the second straight Tuesday, the record-breaking Muhlenberg senior basketball players received the same honor – both were named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

(Last Tuesday, they were named the Lehigh Valley Small College players of the year.)

In October, Liddic and Chili were both named preseason All-Americans. The only other Division III school to be represented on both the men’s and women’s teams was Wheaton (Ill.).

The only other Division III school to have a male and female Academic All-American is another instutiton from Illinois, the University of Chicago.

That means Liddic and Chili the only pair of male and female schoolmates in Division III to be preseason All-Americans and Academic All-Americans.

Only once before in Muhlenberg athletic history did athletes of different genders playing the same sport earn Academic All-America honors in the same year (soccer players David Vassilaros and Jennie Vroman in 2001).

Muhlenberg is the first Centennial Conference school to have a men’s and women’s basketball player named to the Academic All-America team in the same year.

A first-team Academic All-America selection last year, Liddic is only the second Mule basketball player to earn the honor in back-to-back years. The business administration and finance double major and CC’s all-time leading rebounder is averaging a team-leading 18.2 points per game this year.

Chili is the first Academic All-American for the Muhlenberg women’s basketball progam in 30 years. The political science major and CC’s all-time leading three-point shooter is averaging a league-leading 17.2 points per game this year.

Both players have led their teams to successful seasons and CC playoff berths. The men are 17-8 (their most wins in 10 years) and will face Dickinson in a semifinal game at Franklin & Marshall on Friday. The women, who are receiving votes in the poll, will take their 20-5 record into a semifinal match against Franklin & Marshall at Johns Hopkins on Friday.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.