Nov. 12, 2007
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola freshman point guard Candice Walker was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Rookie of the Week for her efforts in the Greyhounds' season-opening wins, the conference office announced today.
Walker, a 5-foot-5 Baltimore native who prepped at Towson Catholic High School, started the first two games of her collegiate career and helped the Greyhounds to their first 2-0 start since 1998 with wins over Drexel and Villanova.
She finished the two games with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the victories.
In the season-opener against Drexel, Walker finished with 11 points, five boards and a game-high five assists. She did not commit a turnover in 31 minutes during her collegiate debut.
Versus Villanova, she played a game-high 35 minutes and did not leave the floor during the second half. She scored five of her eight points, and did not commit a turnover, after the break, as Loyola rallied from a one-time eight-point deficit to beat the Wildcats.
Walker made clutch plays down the stretch of both games. She sank all four of her free-throw attempts in the final 45 seconds against the Dragons, then made a layup in traffic with 3:59 to play against the Wildcats. She was fouled on the play and converted the ensuing free throw to give Loyola a two-point lead.
She was fouled again later in the game and sank both free throws to ice the game with 34 seconds remaining.
The award is the first of Walker's career and the first of the season for a Loyola player.
Loyola returns to the court on Wednesday, November 14, when it travels to Philadelphia for a 7 p.m. game at La Salle. The game can be heard live on loyolagreyhounds.com.