Jan. 4, 2010
EDISON, N.J. - Back-to-back 20-point performances in Loyola's 2-1 week earned Miriam McKenzie her first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week award, as announced Monday, by the conference office.
McKenzie helped Loyola (6-6 overall, 1-0 MAAC) to two big wins, including a conference-opening win over Iona that snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Gaels. McKenzie led the `Hounds in scoring and assists and was second behind Kaitlin Grant in rebounds and steals. In three games last week against Drexel, San Francisco and Iona, McKenzie averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
The sophomore guard out of Columbia, Md., posted her fourth double-double of the season last Tuesday against San Francisco in the second game of the Villanova Wildcat Holiday Classic with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The night before, McKenzie led the `Hounds with 16 points against Drexel in the tournament opener.
Sunday at Iona, she followed up with another 20-point performance. McKenzie finished with 20 points, extended her career-high in assists with seven, pulled down seven boards and had two steals.
McKenzie has now had 20 or more points five times this season and 10 or more in all but one game. She is the only Loyola player to average double-digit scoring numbers in both the wins and the losses.
This is the first time McKenzie has been honored by the MAAC.