Elizabeth Sunderhaus, Cedar Crest College, Junior, Center

Elizabeth Sunderhaus, Cedar Crest College, Junior, Center

2011 Jostens Trophy Winner

"I would certainly point to Lizzy as a role model for any student-athlete, although that might be setting the bar quite high,” said Head Women's Basketball Coach, Valerie Donohue.  “She is extremely dependable and bright, quiet at times, but warm and energetic once you get to know her.  You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with an unkind word to say about her.  She is a true representation of what a Division III student-athlete should be.”

Sunderhaus just wrapped up an impressive season at Cedar Crest.  A junior center from Hamilton, Ohio, Sunderhaus scored her 1,000th point this year and is just 12 rebounds shy of reaching the 1,000 mark in that category, which will make her just the second player in school history to achieve 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.  She is tied atop the nation’s rebounding charts at 15.6 boards per game, and she leads the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) in scoring at 19.7 points per game.  Sunderhaus is also tied for second in her conference in double-doubles with 21 in 24 games. She is a former CSAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year and Cedar Crest’s first three-time all-conference selection.   

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Sunderhaus boasts a 3.9735 grade point average as a Genetic Engineering major with a concentration in Forensic Science and a minor in Chemistry. Sunderhaus is a member of Cedar Crest’s Honors program, for which she must complete additional multidisciplinary coursework beyond her normal course requirements.  She is a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society and will be inducted this spring into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Scholar-Athlete Honor Society and the Delphi Honor Society for GPAs above 3.8.  She has been named to the Dean’s List and the CSAC All-Academic Team each semester of her career.  Sunderhaus has also been an ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection.    

Sunderhaus is also a prominent figure within the campus and community. She holds officer positions in several clubs and organizations around campus, including SAAC. In the community, she has worked with youth groups such as Head Start and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as an adult day care facility and a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. At home, she is also a parish volunteer at Queen of Peace church and a member of the Paragon Optimists Society, a service organization that holds breast cancer fund-raisers, sponsors middle school movie nights and conducts a middle school essay contest for which Sunderhaus is a judge.