Loyola Women's Basketball Signees Earn State, Regional Honors

April 9, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola women's basketball signees Mallory Lawes (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame) and Miriam McKenzie (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) added to their trophy cases recently, as each student-athlete picked up more postseason awards.

"Mallory and Miriam had outstanding seasons, as did their teams," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "It is great to see them earning the recognition that they deserve, and we are excited about having them on our court next year."

Lawes, who led her Crusaders to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) regular-season and tournament titles, was named to the New York Class B All-State First Team by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.

She was named Section 4 Girls' Basketball Player of the Year by the Basketball Coaches of New York and IAC Division I Most Valuable Player and earned Player of the Year honors by the Star-Gazette in Elmira.

Lawes averaged 20.6 points per game as a senior after scoring 17.9 as a junior for Notre Dame. She was named to the New York Class C All-State First Team as a junior and led her team to Class C state titles as a sophomore and junior.

The Crusaders finished the 2007-2008 season with a 22-2 record and finished second in the Section 4 Class B playoffs. The team posted a 71-5 record over the last three years.

McKenzie, who was named The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last month, picked up All-Metro First Team honors from The Washington Post and was named Player of the Year by the Howard County Times and the Columbia Flier.

She also earned All-Metro First Team and Howard County Player of the Year laurels from The Sun.

McKenzie scored 634 points, recording 21 double-doubles and four triple-doubles during the season. During the season, she became the school's all-time leading scorer, finishing with 1,744 points, coming within 35 points of the Howard County record. McKenzie also pulled down 981 career rebounds.

In addition to the accolades McKenzie has received from the various news organizations, she participated in two all star games, playing for the Maryland All-Star Team that will play the Pennsylvania All-Stars in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 29, for the Howard County Seniors All-Star Team on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.