March 1, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - Loyola guards Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin earned season honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, as announced Monday by the conference offices in Edison, N.J. McKenzie was named first-team all-conference and Sheahin was named to the all-rookie team by the MAAC’s head coaches.
The two are now in the running to receive further honors, with McKenzie eligible for Player of the Year and Sheahin a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Those awards, along with the MAAC’s Sixth Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards will be announced at the conference’s awards reception Thursday, at 5 p.m. The reception will take place in Albany, N.Y., at the Times Union Center, the site of the 2009-2010 Citizens Bank MAAC Basketball Championships.
McKenzie had a breakout sophomore campaign, starting with a 23-point performance in Philadelphia on the opening night of the 2009-2010 season. McKenzie more than doubled her previous career-high of 11 in Loyola’s 69-55 season-opening win at La Salle. Two days later, she nearly outdid herself in the Greyhounds’ home-opener against Army when she recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
After playing in just a handful of games last season, McKenzie started and played in all 29 of Loyola’s games this season. Going into the postseason, McKenzie leads the ‘Hounds in scoring (16.6 points per game), rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game), assists (82 total, 2.8 per game) and is second on the team with 10 blocks. She led the team with nine double-doubles and had 10 performances with 20 or more points. McKenzie also scored 19 points four times.
Despite missing the first six games of the season with a high-ankle sprain, Sheahin still managed to impress in her debut season as a Greyhound. Sheahin averaged 7.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game off the bench in 15 games. After making her way into the starting lineup for the final month of play, she upped her production with 11.1 points and 5.9 boards per game as the Greyhounds’ starting point guard.
This season, Sheahin was one of the ‘Hounds top defenders and currently leads the team in blocks with 20 and is second with 48 steals.
Both players are local products that were two of the top players in Maryland during their prep careers. McKenzie, a sophomore out of Columbia, was the 2008 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year after a stellar career at Oakland Mills. Sheahin was last year’s WCAC Player of the Year and team MVP at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Brookeville.
McKenzie has previously been honored by the conference, earning a MAAC Player of the Week award on Jan. 4. This is Sheahin’s first conference honor.