Four To Join Women's Basketball Roster For 2011-2012

July 22, 2011

BALTIMORE - Four student-athletes have joined the Loyola University Maryland Women’s Basketball program and will compete for the Greyhounds starting in the fall of 2011, Head Coach Joe Logan announced.

Guards Naiesha Brown (Newark, Del./Sanford School) and Kara Marshall (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg H.S.) and post players Cierra Darden (Hughesville, Md./Grace Christian Academy) and Stephanie Smith (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy) will play for the Greyhounds.

Naiesha Brown

Brown helped the Sanford School to its second-straight Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association state title in 2011, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with a team-best four steals in the championship game against Cape Henlopen. The Warriors also won conference titles in each of Brown’s four seasons on the team.

She earned All-State First Team honors in 2011 and picked up a Second Team nod as a junior in 2010. Brown was named to the All-Conference squad as a junior and senior at Sanford, and she earned McDonald’s All-America Honorable Mention honors as a senior.

Brown played for the N.Y. Gauchos AAU team, helping the squad win the Gym Rats Tournament.

Cierra Darden

Darden led the Grace Christian Academy in rebounds as a senior in 2010-2011. She was a four-year varsity player, attending Grace Christian as a senior and Calverton and St. Mary’s Ryken High Schools prior to that. A captain as a senior, Darden earned Best Defensive Player and Best Rebounder honors at the school.

Darden was a member of the Alana Beard Future AAU team and was a member of the student government association in high school.

Kara Marshall

Marshall received All-Met First Team honors from The Washington Post as a senior at Gaithersburg High School. She guided the Trojans to their first-ever Maryland Class 4A State Championship in 2011 and a state final appearance in 2010. A 1,000-plus point scorer for Gaithersburg, Marshall was the Montgomery County Gazette Player of the Year as a senior.

She led the Trojans in scoring and assists all four years of high school and helped them win back-to-back region titles the last two seasons.

Marshall played for the Maryland Flames and Lady Panthers AAU teams, helping the Flames finish second in the United States in 2008 and reach the Sweet 16 of the national tournament three-straight years.

Stephanie Smith

Smith earned All-Pennsylvania Second Team recognition in 2011 after helping Mount St. Joseph Academy win the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (AACA) and Pennsylvania District I 4A championships. A two-time AACA Most Valuable Player, Smith scored 1,129 points and grabbed more than 700 rebounds for the Magic.

During her four seasons at Mount St. Joseph Academy, the Magic compiled a 108-14 record and won the 2008 PIAA 3A state title. Smith picked up All-AACA First Team honors each of her last three seasons, as well.

Smith was a member of the Lady Runnin’ Rebels AAU program that finished 2009 ranked No. 10 in the ESPNU/Hoopgurlz poll.