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Tracy Lis honored by Providence College

Yankee Shopper Staff

During the warmer weather around here we see Tracy Lis in action at Waterfront Mary's in Webster. She has owned and operated the popular waterfront restaurant on Webster Lake since 2004.

In her college career, the action was on the basketball floor at Providence College, where she became the women's program all-time leading scorer with 2,534 points. Before that she broke the Connecticut state scoring record while at Killingly High School, and her career total of 3,681 points has yet to be matched.

Lis's banner with her name and number (#22) was unveiled and presented during a half-time ceremony on January 25 at the College's Mullaney Gymnasium. That evening, the Providence College

Athletic Department  held a dinner at the Omni Hotel to honor Lis and two of its all-time greatest men's players, Kevin Stacom and Joe Hassett. All three are now part of the Friar Legends Forever Tradition, which began in 1996 to honor players and coaches who made a significant impact on Friar basketball and earned national recognition during their career at Providence.

While Lis has received many awards for her basketball achievements, she said, “This one was personally most satisfying. Many of my friends and customers from Waterfront's rented limos and came to Providence to see me receive it.”

Lis, a native of Danielson, Conn., was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15.

In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).

Congratulations Tracy! We'll see you at Waterfront Mary's.