Women's Basketball Picked Seventh in Preseason MAAC Poll

Oct. 27, 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Media Day kicked off in New York City Tuesday, with Kaitlin Grant receiving preseason all-conference honors for Loyola. The Greyhounds were picked to finish the 2009-2010 season in seventh place in the preseason coaches' poll, receiving 49 points.

With 100 points, four-time defending champion Marist was unanimously picked as the conference's champs for the upcoming season and the Red Foxes' Rachele Fitz was touted as the preseason Player of the Year choice. Fitz has taken top honors in the MAAC the past two seasons and was named Rookie of the Year after her freshman season.

Iona received 90 points and was the unanimous second place pick.

Grant was nominated as a preseason third-team selection. Grant has played in all of Loyola's 90 games over the past three seasons and was last year's team MVP. The senior forward averaged 11.2 points per game and led Loyola with 8.1 rebounds per game and 55 steals and was second on the team with 97 assists. One of the MAAC's top rebounders last season, Grant had seven double-doubles and her team-high .486 field-goal percentage was fourth in the MAAC.

In the MAAC championships, Grant led Loyola to a first-round win over Manhattan with a career-high 24 points, grabbed 11 boards and went 10-for-11 at the line, which was the best single-game free throw performance in school history.

This is Grant's second time being honored by the conference. She was previously named MAAC Player of the Week on one occasion last season.