Basketball Player Liz Martin '09 Scores 2,000th Point
Senior guard Liz Martin '09 picked a great night to score her 2,000th career college point on February 21, 2009 - scoring her fifth point of the game against Bluefield College in her regular season finale, and on a Senior Night that would honor her and teammate Natalea Gulyas. Martin finished with 21 points in leading Covenant to a 73-60 victory.
Martin, from Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and Moon Area High School, played her freshman season at Seton Hill University, where she scored 302 points and finished eighth in the nation in steals.
After transferring to Covenant College for the start of her sophomore season, Martin has used her three seasons on Lookout Mountain to statistically rank as one of the greatest Lady Scot basketball players of all-time. The 5'4" point guard led the nation in assists her sophomore season, while finishing second in the nation her junior year. This season, as only one of three returning players, Martin has been called on to score more, averaging 23.13 points per game, good for fifth in the nation in scoring among NAIA Division II players.
In addition to her scoring, Martin is ninth in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (3.1), 15th in assists per game (4.97), and 48th in steals per game (2.52). The Lady Scots completed their regular season winning five straight games, to finish with a 17-12 record overall, and an 11-7 mark in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
For her Covenant College career, Martin's 1,715 points ranks sixth on the Lady Scots' all-time scoring list, and she is third in points averaged per game. She ranks second in career assists and assists averaged per game; third in free throws scored; fourth in three-point field goals made; and sixth in steals, steals averaged per game, and free throw percentage. Martin ranks ninth in field goals made and 11th in three-point field goal percentage.
"Liz Martin has obviously had a tremendous three-year career as a Lady Scot, and is one of the all-time great players," said Covenant women's basketball coach Roy Heintz. "Her play has resulted in us being in the Top 25 the last three years, but most importantly she has been a spiritual leader within our program, while performing at a high standard in the classroom, earning AAC All-Academic honors."
"Liz has personified the kind of young lady that we want in our basketball program, and in our athletic department. She is a fierce competitor that competes with great sportsmanship. Liz has been our hardest worker in practice, which has demonstrated to our young players and recruits the work ethic it takes for excellence at the intercollegiate level. She has performed at a very high level. I've felt very honored to coach her."
The Lady Scots now advance to the quarterfinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament.