Purdue junior women’s basketball player Liza Clemons has been named the recipient of the ninth-annual Methodist Sports Medicine Thomas A. Brady Comeback Scholarship Award. The honor is given each season to one female student athlete in Indiana, who has distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity or injury, and returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport.
Clemons has bounced back from a series of injuries over her first two seasons with the Boilermakers and emerged as an important contributor for the women’s basketball program during the 2013-14 campaign. She played in just 5.4 minutes per game in 2011-12 and 2012-13, averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds in 46 contests. In her junior year, Clemons has increased her contribution to 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, starting 27 of 29 outings this season and playing 27.4 minutes per game. Her 53.8 field goal percentage is ranked fourth in the Big Ten and is among the top 50 in the nation.
“The resilience that Liza has shown in her life is nothing short of amazing,” said head coach Sharon Versyp. “For to have gone through some of the things she has, both on and off the court, and to come through and put together a season like this, is a tribute to the kind of person she is. I’m proud to be her coach and we’re thrilled to see her honored.”
Past Purdue women’s basketball winners of the award are former teammate Drey Mingo and Jodi Howell, while other Boilermakers honored include men’s basketball standout Robbie Hummel and Purdue football player Jaycen Taylor.
Clemons and other Methodist Sports Medicine award winners will be honored on Thursday, April 24, in Indianapolis at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.