Feb. 10, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team will add four players in the 2007-08 season. Head coach Joe Logan announced Saturday that the Greyhounds will add Melissa Bangay, Alex Berlin, Meredith Tolley and Candice Walker next season.
Bangay will come to Loyola from Ontario, Canada where she played at Huron Heights Secondary School. Bangay is a 6-1 post player who was named her team's Most Valuable Player as a freshman and junior as well as earning Athlete of the Year at Huron Heights in ninth and 10th grade.
"Melissa was the most dominant forward in our league this year," said Huron's head coach Kai Deuitch. "She has been the heart and soul of our team this year and I hate to think of next season without her."
"Melissa will provide us with some added depth at the post position," Logan said. "She is a fundamental back to the basket player and also has the ability to drive from the high post area."
Berlin, from Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa., is a 5-8 shooting guard who has scored over 1,000 points in her high school career.
"Alex is a humble leader with a tenacious and competitive attitude," said Freedom's coach Jerry Calabrese.
"We graduate two of our leading wing scorers in 2007 (Jill Glessner and Brittany Dunn)," said Logan. "To fill some of that vacancy we will look to Alex. She plays the wing spot and has the ability to score off the dribble and shoot the three."
Tolley is a 5-11 guard/forward combo from Urbana High School. She was named the Chesapeake Conference Player of the Year, first-team all-league and NBC 25's Big School Player of the Year in her time at Urbana.
"Meredith comes from a local winning high school program," Logan said. "She is a well-round scorer who can play inside with her back to the basket and step out and shoot the three."
Walker is a 5-6 point guard from Towson Catholic High School. Towson Catholic has been ranked among USA Today's Top 25 this season. Walker was a second team all-Baltimore County as a junior.
"Candice is truly a gifted point guard," Towson Catholic's head coach Matt Fisher said. "Our ranking has a lot to do with her ability to lead."
"Candice comes from a great local program." Logan said. "She will be a welcome addition to the Greyhound roster. We will look to her to provide and immediate impact at the point-guard position."