Anne Tierney had arguably the greatest career of any women’s basketball player in Lehigh history setting the school record for points with 1,807 and the school and Patriot League record with 1,129 rebounds. She was the first female in league annuals to earn First Team All-Patriot League honors all four seasons of her career and was a two time recipient of the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the sport of women’s basketball.
In 200 Tierney earned the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year award following a year in which she put together one of the most dominant seasons in Lehigh basketball history. Tierney averaged 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds, while shooting a then-school record 55.6% from the floor and 78% at the foul line. She scored a career-high 35 points vs. Holy Cross and posted ten double-doubles throughout the season on her way to becoming the first freshman in Patriot League history to receive First Team All-League recognition. Tierney also received the John S. Steckbeck Award, given annually to the top freshman female student-athlete in the Lehigh Athletics Department.
As a sophomore Tierney became the fastest player in Lehigh history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark as she totaled 522 points on the season, good for an average of 17.4 per contest. She also ripped down a school record 335 rebounds, and her 11.2 rebounds per game average ranked eighth in the nation and remains a school record. In addition, Tierney recorded 19 double-doubles en route to a second straight First Team All-League selection. Her 21 rebounds at Navy in February of 2001 established a new Lehigh record and remains tied for the all-time Patriot League mark. Tierney then averaged 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a junior, totaling 14 double-doubles throughout the course of the season. She sank a career-best 24 three-pointers that year and became Lehigh’s all-time rebounder in a win over American in January of 2002.
Tierney is one of only two Lehigh women’s basketball players to have her jersey number honored with a banner hanging in the rafters at Stabler Arena.
During her final season in the Brown and White Tierney posted averages of 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 81% at the foul line and recording 11 double-doubles. Tierney was honored with her fourth consecutive First Team All-League honor, becoming the first women’s basketball player to accomplish that feat, and she was the first player in school history to eclipse 1,500 career points and 1,000 rebounds. Tierney was a two-time captain for Lehigh and tied or established seven school records during her career, including total points, total rebounds (Patriot League record), free throw attempts, made free throws, single season field goal percentage, single season rebounds (Patriot League record) and single season points per game average. She is one of only two Lehigh women’s basketball players to have her jersey number honored with a banner hanging in the rafters at Stabler Arena.
Tierney excelled off the floor as well, graduating with a 3.90 grade point average as an Economics and Finance major. She was a Presidential Scholar, member of the Dean’s list every semester at Lehigh, a four time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a three time Academic All-District selection and the recipient of the Lehigh Athletics Department’s Scholar Athlete award, as well as Lehigh University’s Service Award and Undergraduate Merit Award. Following graduation Tierney remained at Lehigh and earned her master’s degree in Economics before embarking on a career in finance in New York City, working at Standard & Poor’s Corporate Value Consulting Practice.
Following her time in New York Tierney moved to Connecticut where she began working for Meridian Flexibility and currently she serves as President of Innovative Body Solutions where she and her business partner created the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Stretching.