Walker, Rudolph Named MAAC Rookies of the Week

Feb. 11, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola freshman point guards Candice Walker and Brian Rudolph were named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookies of the Week for women's and men's basketball, the conference office announced today.

Rudolph earned the award for the second week in a row, and each player earned their fourth conference Rookie of the Week honor of the season.

Walker played all but seven minutes in two Loyola wins against teams that were tied for second and alone in third place in the conference entering the weekend.

On Sunday, she scored 15 points and had five assists against Saint Peter's. She made 7-of-8 free throws to help seal the win.

At Manhattan, Walker scored 10 points and tied her career-highs with seven rebounds and six assists. She scored eight of her points after halftime and made a pull-up jumper on the right side of the lane with 45 second left in the game to give Loyola a one-point lead.

Walker finished the week averaging 12.5 points per game (averaged 9.0 entering week), in addition to 5.0 rebounds (3.2) and 5.5 assists (2.8). She shot .471 from the field and .900 from the free throw line.

Contributing numbers in all facets of his game during Loyola's three games during the week, Rudolph was a lone honoree for the third time after sharing the award last week.

Rudolph averaged 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists during the three-game stretch while shooting 80.0 percent (12-15) from the free-throw line. In the game at Niagara, he matched his then-career best with 12 points while handing out seven assists with just one turnover.

In a win over Saint Peter's, the 5-11 guard did not take shot from the field, but impacted the game with a career-high eight rebounds with seven assists without a turnover. In the rematch with Niagara, he set a new career-high with 14 points, making all five of his free throws, with five assists and no turnovers. For the three games, he scored 29 points with 19 assists and just one turnover while playing 107 of a possible 120 minutes during the week.

The Greyhounds have won eight of 11 since Rudolph was reinserted into the starting lineup. Of Loyola's 14 wins, 12 have come when Rudolph was the starter at point guard. He is averaging 6.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists while playing 25.7 minutes per game.