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Lisa Cermignano
Lisa  Cermignano

Women's Basketball (Inducted 2008)


Lisa M. Cermignano earned four letters in basketball at GW between 1993-97. The four teams on which she played notched a record of 103-27 and made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Her senior season (1997), the Colonials defeated North Carolina in the Sweet 16 and advanced to the `Elite Eight' against Notre Dame, just one victory shy of the Women's Final Four.

Cermignano, who played in 130 career games and started every contest as a junior and senior, is one of just 24 Colonials to score more than 1,000 points. She ranks among the program's leaders in career scoring with 1,278 points. She was a deadly scorer `behind the lines', ranking among the program's best in 3-point field goals made (270) and free throw percentage (.804, making 168 of 209 attempts) throughout her career.

Defensively, she also is tied for 14th in career steals with 194 and is one of just 16 players to capture 500 or more rebounds. Particularly in her final two seasons, Cermignano was a major factor the team's success. In addition to earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference third team honors in both `96 and '97, she also won A-10 All-Tournament Team selection each season.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and reared in Gloucaster, N.J., where she starred at Gloucaster Catholic High School, Cermignano, women's assistant basketball coach Illinois. Previously, she served as an assistant at Vanderbilt, GW (2001-05), Monmouth (N.J.), 1999-2001, and Maryland, 1997-98.