March 3, 2011
Bridgeport, CT - Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year after voting by the league's head coaches as announced this evening at the conference's annual Awards Reception. She was one of five women's major award winners announced at the event held at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on the eve of the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championship.
Sheahin had seven takeaways in three games during the season as she led the conference with 106 steals during the regular season. She also registered a block a game in all 29 of Loyola's regular season contests and grabbed an average of 5.8 rebounds.
The sophomore not only leads the MAAC in steals, her average of 3.7 steals per game ranks second in the nations, just behind Oral Robert's Kevi Luper, who has 104 steals in 28 games. She enters the MAAC Tournament having already surpassed a 22 year old record for steals in a single-season. The previous record was set by Lori Schenning, who had 75 steals in 1989-1999.
In only her second year at Loyola, Sheahin has already collected 157 steals and is just 93 shy of the program record. She has also grabbed 279 rebounds in her career and 50 blocks.
Already named MAAC Player of the Week twice this season, Sheahin is the first ever Loyola University of Maryland women's basketball player to win the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The sophomore will take the court tomorrow as second-seeded Greyhounds face the seventh seed Canisius in the semifinal round of the MAAC Championships in Bridgeport, Connecticut at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.