Carnegie Mellon set to honor Georgiana

A former Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball standout will be enshrined in Carnegie Mellon’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class.

Lisa (Lightner) Georgiana is one of 17 individuals and one team set to be recognized during festivities Oct. 26.

Georgiana was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team from 1985-89. She ranks fourth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,346 career points, and she led the Tartans to the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1989 along with a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship.

Georgiana was a three-time All-PAC selection, earning first-team honors twice and second-team honors once while garnering two first-team All-University Athletic Association honors. She also ranks third all-time with 221 steals, fourth with 298 assists and sixth with 105 blocked shots.

The inductees were chosen from a ballot of more than 100 nominations.

“I am humbled by this recognition,” Georgiana said. “I am grateful for many wonderful people who have nurtured and mentored me throughout my life… my teammates, coaches, teachers and especially my family. This recognition is a tribute to them. My decision to attend Carnegie Mellon University to pursue my education and basketball career has shaped my life in profound ways. No doubt, my Carnegie Mellon experience is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”

Georgiana, who currently serves as director of Saint Francis University’s Community Engagement Center, will be one of three inductees speaking for the class.

“It has been exhilarating to go through our history and review the accomplishments of the giants who have made the Carnegie Mellon Athletics program what it is today,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “Our history is rich, and we are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate it in this fashion.”

Georgiana was a key player on BG’s first PIAA girls basketball championship team in 1984.

She and her husband, John, have two children.


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