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Women's Basketball Graduates Five Seniors

June 15, 2006

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Baltimore, Md.- On May 20, 2006, the five seniors members of the Loyola College women's basketball team finished their college academic careers by graduating with the Class of 2006 at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore. The five members of the class (Krystle Harrington, Kerri-Lynn Orsini, Katie Scherle, Lauren Troupe and Jackie Valderas) each received a bachelors degree after finishing their most successful basketball season with the Greyhounds.

All five had a hand in leading the Greyhounds, under first-year head coach Joe Logan, to an impressive 20-10 overall record, their best in their careers, and to the MAAC Championship game vs. Marist. The win total was the highest for any Loyola team since the 1998-99 season and the first appearance in the MAAC Finals in eight years.

"I was extremely fortunate to inherit the group of seniors that I inherited," Logan said. "Each of the five seniors had a desire to compete and win on a daily basis. This is one of the main reasons we were so successful this past season. We wish them the best and know that they will be missed. "

Harrington and Orsini each earned a degrees in Communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations while Harrington also minored in marketing. Harrington was among the team's top scorers this season, averaging 9.5 points and led the squad in assists with 144. Orsini, in her final season, appeared in 20 games while scoring a season-high 12 points against Rider.

Scherle earned a degree in the field of psychology. Scherle became the 17th player in school history to record 1,000 points and finished her career with 1,079, making her 10th on Loyola's all-time list. She also finished her career in 10th place in rebounds with 623.

Troupe was awarded a bachelors of business administration with a concentration in marketing. She was placed on the Dean's List twice in her four years and earned spots on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic team during the 2005-06 school year. Troupe recorded her best season yet as a Greyhound this season by averaging a team-high 10.7 points per game. She earned a first-team all-conference selection.

Valderas, who graduated Magna Cum Laude, earned an interdisciplinary degree in biology and psychology. She received Dean's List honors four times in her college career and earned spots on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll during both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years. Valderas was named to the MAAC Academic Team all three years she was eligible for the honor. Valderas was named the conference's Sixth Player of the Year for the second year in a row after averaging 9.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this season. She finished her career in 15th place on Loyola's all-time list with 545 rebounds.