May 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The incoming freshmen on the women's basketball team have now wrapped up their high school careers and are ready to add to the Greyhound line-up. Those freshmen are Melissa Bangay, Alex Berlin, Meredith Tolley and Candice Walker.
Bangay, a 6-1 forward, finished her career at Huron Heights, in Ontario, Canada having been named her team's Most Valuable Player three times and Huron Heights Female Athlete of the Year twice. Bangay was recently named to the seventh annual All-Canada basketball team. She was one of 24 female student athletes chosen to represent Canada in the Rumble in the T. Dot Tournament where she played for the West team. Her team went on to win the Girls Rumble in overtime by one point and Bangay was named the Most Improved Female Player in Canada. Bangay is also a four-time member of the Nike Development Regional team member, three-time YRAA all-star basketball team member and a two-time Seneca College tournament MVP. Bangay was also a member of the Huron Heights volleyball, soccer and track and field teams.
Berlin will come to Loyola after finishing her career at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa. Berlin, a 5-8 guard, averaged 19.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, five assists and four steals a game at New Freedom. She finished her career with 1,537 points, as the second leading scorer in her school's history, the leading three-point scorer in school history and as the record holder for the most three's in a season with 46 in her senior season. She was named second-team all-state by the Associate Press, Express Times and Morning Call. Berlin earned the Express Times Player of the Year, Lehigh Valley Conference's Most Valuable Player and a conference all-star selection.
Tolley is a 5-11 guard/forward combo from Urbana High School where she set the school record for points in a career with 1,564 and rebounds in a career with 892. As a senior she was named a McDonald's All-America nominee, the Frederick News Post, Gazette News and the MVAL Chesapeake Conference Player of the Year. Tolley was also named to the Washington Post all-met team and NBC 25's first-team all-area Big School.
Walker is a local product, having spent her last four years at Towson Catholic. She is a 5-5 point guard who averaged 15 points, eight assists, 5.1 rebounds and two steals a game. At Towson Catholic, she scored a total of 1,029 points earning first and second-team all-county, second-team all-met. Walker was named to the MIAA Conference all-star team and was the Real Basketball Report All-Star Team's Most Valuable Player. She captained her basketball team all four years and was a two-time captain of the volleyball team as well.
Loyola finished the 2006-07 season with a 18-12 overall record and a 12-6 conference mark.