May 30, 2003
CHICAGO ----- A pair of UAB student-athletes were named recipients of its 2002-03 Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards, announced Conference USA officials here Friday. Morris Finley earned the award for men's basketball, while Lisa Nowoslawski shared the award for women's soccer with Meghann Burke of Saint Louis.
C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.
Finley, a junior this past season, led the team and finished second in Conference USA in scoring and with 18.3 ppg. The Lafayette, Ala. native led the Blazers in 3-point FG percentage (.412), free throw percentage (.812) and total points (623). His 623 points during the 2002-03 campaign was the fifth-highest points scored in a single-season in school history. He was named to the second-team All-Conference USA as well as being named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team and MVP of the Sun Classic.
Nowoslawski ended her career at UAB after the 2002 season, but not before putting her name all over the Blazer record book. Nowoslawski is UAB's season leader in most saves (103 in 2001), highest save percentage (.824 in 2001), most saves per game (5.15 in 2001), least goals allowed (22 in 2001 and 1999), and best goals allowed average (1.13 in 2001). She's also the Blazers' career leader in most saves (327), most minutes played (5,836) and most wins (29).
Houston and Memphis each produced three scholar athlete award winners, while Louisville, Marquette, Saint Louis, South Florida joined UAB with two each. Eleven of C-USA's 15 institutions produced at least one scholar athlete winner.
2002-03 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS:
Baseball - Jeff Cook, Southern Miss
Men's Basketball - Morris Finley, UAB
Women's Basketball - Sara Nord, Louisville
Men's Cross Country (2) - Chris Reis, Cincinnati and David Lance, Marquette
Women's Cross Country - Susan Barth, Marquette
Football - Nick Browne, TCU
Me's Golf - Chris Cureton, Houston
Women's Golf - Cindy Pasechnik, Louisville
Men's Soccer (2) - Chris Schmidt, Memphis and Jack Jewsbury, Saint Louis
Women's Soccer (2) - Lisa Nowoslawski, UAB and Meghann Burke, Saint Louis
Softball - Lindsay Chouinard, DePaul
Women's Swimming - Yulia Pakhalina, Houston
Men's Tennis - Jorge Escallon, South Florida
Women's Tennis - Sabrina Lindemann, Memphis
Men's Track and Field - Frederick Day, Houston
Women's Track and Field - Lisa Marie Hyman, Memphis
Volleyball - Alessandra Domingos, South Florida