Oct. 26, 2010
NEW YORK - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season in the preseason poll conducted by the league's coaches, it was announced today at the MAAC Media Day function at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team earning All-MAAC First Team honors last season. She played in and started all 30 games, averaging 33.7 minutes a game, scoring 501 points, an average of 16.7 a game. She had 85 assists, 228 rebounds, 11 blocks and 35 steals.
"The challenge for her is that we have great coaches in the league," said Head Coach Joe Logan. "People know about her now and everything is going to be geared towards her. Our goal is to get her ready every night because teams are going to be coming after her."
In McKenzie's two years as a Greyhound, she has played in 39 games, averaging 28.7 minutes per game with 86 assists, 253 rebounds, 14 blocks and 38 steals. She has scored 546 points, averaging 14.0 points per game.
Marist was picked to win the MAAC title, receiving all ten first place votes for 100 points in the poll. The Red Foxes won their fifth straight MAAC Championship last season.
Following Marist was Iona with 90 points, and Loyola was picked third with 70 points. This is the highest the Greyhounds have been picked to finish under Coach Logan. Last season, they were picked seventh, and in the 2008-2009 season they were picked fifth.
"We are third this year because we are older," said Logan. "Some of the teams picked lower are younger. We are happy to be back up in the top four but we have a lot of work to do. It is the beginning of the year and hopefully we will be there at the end. "
Following the Greyhounds was a tie for fourth with Fairfield and Manhattan both receiving 64 points. They were followed by Niagara (51), Canisius (44), Siena (34), Saint Peter's (20) and Rider (13).
Sophomore Katie Sheahin was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team after earning MAAC All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman. She played in 24 games in her first year as a Greyhound, averaging 28.0 minutes a game and scoring 211 points, an average of 8.8 per contest. She shot 70 percent from the free throw line and had 110 rebounds. She also chipped in 41 assists, 21 blocks and 51 steals for Loyola.
The Greyhounds kick off their 2010-11 season on the road Friday, November 12, against West Virginia at 7 p.m. Loyola will then return home to play La Salle on Sunday, November 14, at Reitz Arena at 5 p.m.