Feb. 27, 2012
EDISON, N.J. - Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin were named to the 2011-12 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team, while freshman guard Kara Marshall earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors, the conference office announced Monday.
McKenzie and Sheahin became the first Greyhound teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season and were the only teammates to be named to the first team this season. Marshall is the eighth player in Loyola history and third under head coach Joe Logan to be to be named to the All-Rookie team.
McKenzie is just the second player in Greyhound history to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in three-straight seasons, joining Loyola all-time leading scorer Patty Stoffey who accomplished the feat from 1992-95.
The senior finished the regular-season ranked second on the team and fifth in the MAAC, averaging 14.5 points per game and eclipsed the 300-point for her third-straight year. McKenzie also was the second leading rebounder in the conference at 8.4 rebounds per game and has notched seven double-doubles during the year.
A two-time MAAC Player of the Week selection, McKenzie had a career-high 25 points in a road win against Manhattan and pulled down a season-best 13 rebounds against Fairfield. She led the team in scoring 13 times and in rebounding 18 times. She currently stands as the fourth all-time leading scorer in Loyola history with 1,384 points and the seventh all-time leading rebounder with 714 boards.
Sheahin earns her first selection to the All-MAAC First Team after finishing the regular-season ranked first on the team and third in the MAAC at 14.9 points per game. The junior was an All-MAAC Second Team selection as a sophomore and earned a MAAC All-Rookie Team nod as a freshman.
Sheahin led the team in scoring 12 times this season, but also made her mark on the defensive end, ranking first in the MAAC and ninth in the country at 3.4 steals per game. She finished the regular-season with 98 steals, the second-most in Greyhound history. She also ranked fourth in the league in blocks at 1.2 per game, swatting away 34 attempts.
The Brookeville, Md., native also reached two major career milestones this season, scoring her 1,000th career point and breaking the school career steals record against Iona. Sheahin ranks first at Loyola with 267 career steals while also standing 12th all-time in scoring (1,090 points) and fifth all-time in blocks (94).
A three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week selection, Marshall has had one of the best freshman seasons of any player in Greyhound history on her way to a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection. Marshall has scored 318 points this season, the second-most by any Greyhound freshman in program history only to Stoffey who scored 443 in the 1991-92 season.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native has been solid at the point guard position, starting all-but two games for Loyola this year. She finished 13th in the conference and second among freshman in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game overall and 13.0 in MAAC play. She ranked first among freshman and second in the league in free-throw percentage, hitting 81.3-percent from the charity stripe, while also leading freshman in steals at 2.0 per game.
The freshman also has connected on 44 three-point field goals, which is third among MAAC freshman this season and ranks fifth all-time in a single season at Loyola.
With three players honored this season, Loyola has had 14 players earn MAAC awards under Logan, including six landing on the first team.
The individual awards including Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year will be named at the Postseason Awards Show on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. It will broadcast live on MAAC.TV.
The Greyhounds continue their season on Friday, March 2, as Loyola battles No. 5 seed Niagara in the 2012 MAAC Basketball Championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
SECOND TEAM ALL-MAAC
Desiree Pina, Fairfield
Damika Martinez, Iona
Lindsey Loutsenhizer, Manhattan
Brandy Gang, Marist
Kayla Stroman, Niagara
THIRD TEAM ALL-MAAC
Jamie Ruttle, Canisius
Schyanne Halfkenny, Manhattan
Leanne Ockenden, Marist
MyNeshia McKenzie, Rider
Cristina Centeno, Siena
Kayla Hoohuli, Canisius
Damika Martinez, Iona
Aleesha Powell, Iona
Kara Marshall, Loyola
Meghan McGuinness, Niagara