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Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee - 1998

MaryLee Legried '88
1987-88 Basketball All-American

(From New York Mills High School)
MaryLee Legried is the most successful point guard in Concordia basketball history.  She was a brilliant floor general and an artist as a passer.

After an outstanding high school career at New York Mills, MaryLee came to Concordia in the fall of 1984.

As a freshman she helped the Cobbers advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

In her sophomore season, MaryLee helped lead the Lady Cobbers to a 25-3 record, the NCAA Regional Finals and set a single-season Concordia assist record with 190.

In 1986-87, her junior year, she led the Cobbers to a second-consecutive MIAC title, a 26-5 record, and a runner-up finish in the NCAA National Tournament. In the process, she established a single season NCAA Division III record for assists - 328 - that still stands.

As a senior she helped guide the Cobbers to their third-consecutive MIAC Championship, a 29-2 record, and Concordia's first NCAA Championship. She earned her second All-MIAC award that year, was named Academic All-MIAC and earned All-America honors.

Her 926 career assists are the second-most of any player in the history of NCAA Division III basketball. She posted six games in which she had 16 or more assists, and still holds every MIAC assist record. Her defense and passing were instrumental in that 1987-88 team shooting 54 percent as a team for the season.

In her three years as a starting point guard, the Lady Cobbers compiled a record of 80-10, 62-4 in the MIAC.

After graduating magna cum laude from Concordia in 1988, MaryLee graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1993 and is now an independent physician.

Notes By Jerry Pyle, 1996

MaryLee Legried, from New York Mills, is the best and most successful point guard to ever play at Concordia. She may well be the best point guard ever in NCAA Division III basketball. Her 926 career assists over a 4 year period are but one measure of her excellence.

In her three years as a starter her teams won three MIAC titles, made two NCAA final four appearances and won the NCAA title in 1998. While she was a starter her teams compiled a record of 80-10, 62-4 in the MIAC.

Her understanding of the game and her ability to see the floor and then deliver the perfect pass was simply breathtaking. She could also lead, inspire, shoot, defend and rebound.

And she was an Academic All-MIAC Honoree, graduating with honors from Concordia and then graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

If you are choosing sides and she is available, pick her. You'll win and have a ball doing it.

by Jerry Pyle


I had the good fortune to help coach MaryLee for her final three years at Concordia. She was a big part in making them three of the happiest years of my life.

MaryLee played the game the way I always wish it could be played:  with great joy and total unselfishness.

She had all the attributes usually associated with a champion: Hard working, meticulous in her preparation, intelligent, God-given athletic skill, a special ability to focus on the task at hand, and a burning passion to be the best. And feisty.

She had other attributes that are more rare. A loving respect for her teammates, and her opponents, and the game she played.  And she is a person of deep integrity.

More rare still was her unselfishness.

She knew she had to play the role of passer, one that would be seen by the casual fan as something secondary. And she played it.  But she also knew that those who knew the game and loved the game, knew that what she did was central, essential, and beautiful.

And she played that role better than anyone in NCAA Division III basketball history.

Rarest of all was was her vision and her artistry.  She was the kind of player that brought you out of your chair 10 times a game. Her passing was majestic.

She saw everything. and not just everything at this moment, but how the floor would look three seconds from now, and seven seconds from now, and later when defenders tired.

She saw the game in slow motion, making defenses commit, reading that commitment and then executing the perfect response.

And she delivered passes so perfectly, so well timed, so surprisingly, so efficiently, and with such artistry... that the shot that followed was often a mere detail.

She is a woman with the skill of a special artist, and the heart of the finest champion I have ever known.  I am greatly honored that she asked me to read this citation.

by Jerry Pyle, 10/3/98

Career Stats
86-87  2.8  71  25  51 49.0  21  32 65.6  32 102  -   -  --  28   --
85-86  3.5  98  35  96 36.0  28  58 48.0  77 190  -  58  --  28   --
86-87  4.7 145  53 134 39.5  39  61 63.9 111 328  5  61 864  31 27.9
87-88  4.6 144  48 114 42.1  34  48 70.8  90 306  5  87 762  31 24.6
Total  3.9 458 161 395 40.7 122 199 60.3 310 926 10 203  -- 118   --

Women's Basketball All-Americans

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