Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Prior to an exciting 52-49 Southern Virginia University women's basketball victory over The Apprentice School on Tuesday, former Knight Liz Lindsey Weber was honored with Southern Virginia's Pioneer Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Pioneer Award was created by Southern Virginia's athletic department in 2012 to recognize those first administrators, coaches and scholar-athletes, who led by example and paved the way for others to follow. One pioneer scholar-athlete will be selected for each of the university's athletic programs and Southern Virginia's hall of fame committee selected Lindsey Weber as the Pioneer Award recipient for the women's basketball program.
"Liz [Lindsey Weber] was truly a pioneer for Southern Virginia women's basketball," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon, who was also honored as Southern Virginia's first Pioneer Coach on the same evening. "She helped build the program from the ground-up in its first four years of existence, and was a leader on and off-the-court."
Lindsey Weber, originally from McLean, Va., played on the 1998-99 inaugural Southern Virginia women's basketball team under then-Head Coach Deidra Dryden and assistant coach Michael Harmon.
Throughout her four-year career at Southern Virginia, Lindsey Weber was named to the USCAA All-American Team each of her four seasons (1999-2002). She also led women's basketball to the program's first two national championships in 2000 and 2002, while also earning All-Tournament honors during both title runs.
"Women's basketball would not be the program it is today if it weren't for Liz and her teammates," said Harmon. "She is one of the top athletes I have ever coached."
Lindsey Weber still holds program records for points (2,144), points-per-game (19.49), field goals made (713), rebounds (792) and assists (418). On February 23, 2002, her No. 15 jersey was retired at Southern Virginia.
"It's an honor to be presented with the Pioneer Award," said Lindsey Weber. "I feel fortunate and blessed, along with my teammates, to serve as one of the first women's basketball players and scholar-athletes at an institution I cherish in Southern Virginia University."