May 20, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College women's basketball signee Miriam McKenzie (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills High School) earned the loftiest honor of many she has received following her senior season.
The 5-foot-8 guard was named a MaxPreps All-American as one of the top 30 players in the nation. She was one of only two players - Jazmine Jackson (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral - of the 30 selected for the honors who will be attending a school in a non-BCS conference. Jackson has signed to play at Pepperdine.
"This is a tremendous honor for Miriam," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "She showed during the season that she was highly though of in the State of Maryland, and this honor demonstrates her prominence has reached a national level."
McKenzie averaged 28 points and 13 rebounds as a senior, garnering area Player of the Year honors from the Baltimore Examiner, The Baltimore Sun, the Howard County Times and the Columbia Flier. She also earned all-area first team laurels from those publications, as well as The Washington Post, and was a finalist for the Gatorade Maryland Girls' Basketball Player of the Year award.
She was named the Howard County Player of the Year after scoring 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.
McKenzie has dual nationality in the United States and Gyuana, and has played internationally for the Guyanese National Team.
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 played the Pennsylvania All-Stars in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 29, for the Howard County Seniors All-Star Team against the Montgomery County Seniors All-Star Team on April 1.
McKenzie will be joined by three others in Loyola's Class of 2012 - Kathleen Excellent (Montreal, Quebec, Canada/Auntsic College), Kiara Henderson (Hyattsville, Md./Bladensburg High School) and Mallory Lawes (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame High School).