Take a quick glance through the Lehigh women's basketball record books and you'll find one person's name prominently displayed. Saying the name and spelling it are at times difficult, but ask any of Sherie Androlewicz's opponents what was most difficult and they would say guarding her.
The numbers are indeed impressive, 1,699 career points and 581 assists. Both marks are school records. As a senior, "Sherie A." as she would become known as, scored 534 points, averaged 18.4 ppg. and dished out 190 assists, all single season school records.
But more than the numbers that Androlewicz put up it was her desire to win and her ability to hit the big shot in "crunch time" that separated her from the rest of the players.
"Sherie was the consumate team player, doing what-ever she had to do to make her team and teammates successful: whether it be passing, scoring or shutting down the opponents best player," current Lehigh women's basketball head coach Sue Troyan says. "Sherie was a selfless player who led by
example every time she walked on the court. Sherie set a standard for the women's basketball program here at Lehigh and what we aspire to be about."
Androlewicz led Lehigh to its second-best record ever in the 1989-90 season. Lehigh finished 21-8 and it marked the biggest one-year turnaround in the NCAA that year. The recognition she received almost equalled the records she set. Sherie A. earned All East Coast Conference honors and was named the ECC Player-of-the-Year as a senior and Second Team All-League honors as a sophomore and junior.
A three-year captain Androlewicz is the only women's basketball player to have had her number retired and it hangs from the Stabler Arena rafters.
"It is an honor to be inducted into the Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame," Androlewicz says. "I feel privileged to be in the company of the many great athletes who are in the Hall and also to have been part of the continued development of women's basketball at Lehigh. I was fortunate to compete with talented individuals who made this achievement possible. I especially want to thank my family and friends for this support and I share this achievement with them."
Sherie continues to be involved with basketball, volunteering time at local basketball camps and workshops. She also serves as a part-time assistant coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Androlewicz is currently a Mutual Funds Supervisor for Brown Brothers Harriman and resides outside of Boston in Charlestown, Massachusetts.