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Loyola Women's Basketball Signs Four to Class of 2012

Nov. 19, 2007

BALTIMORE - Loyola College's women's basketball program has signed four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent who will be freshmen in 2008-2009 for the Greyhounds, Head Coach Joe Logan announced today.

"We are excited about next year's incoming freshmen," Logan said. "Although we will be a young team again, their enthusiasm, and the fact they are coming from winning programs, will mesh well with our returning players.

"It is great to get two more players from Maryland. We want to continue to recruit locally and keep players at home as we continue to build on the winning seasons that we've had over the last two years."

Kathleen Excellent (Montreal, Quebec, Canada/Auntsic College), Kiara Henderson (Hyattsville, Md./Bladensburg High School), Mallory Lawes (Elmira, N.Y./Notre Dame High School) and Miriam McKenzie (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills High School) all inked their letters as indications of their commitment to attend Loyola.

Excellent is a 6-foot forward who has been a standout basketball player in Montreal. She will be the second Canadian post player on the Greyhounds roster, joining Melissa Bangay, a freshman on this year's squad from Mt. Albert, Ontario, Canada.

"Kathleen is an athletic post player who will give us increased depth and versatility in the post," Logan said. "She will help us when we press and cause match-up problems for opposing post players."

Henderson, a 6-foot-3 center from Prince George's County (Md.), joins the roster as a strong post player with rebounding and scoring ability. A honor roll student at Bladensburg, Henderson was named the school's Most Improved Player after a breakout junior campaign. She helped Bladensburg reach the Maryland 4A South Region Semifinals last year.

"Kiara Henderson will give us an immediate height presence in the low post," said Logan. "She is still developing on the offensive end of the court, and we think she has the potential to make an immediate impact in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)."

Lawes, a 5-foot-7 guard, led Notre Dame high school to two New York State Class C Championships during her sophomore and junior seasons. She earned All-State Class C honors following her junior year when she averaged 17.9 points per game. Lawes also earned All-Tournament honors following the state championship.

"Mallory comes from a program with a great winning tradition. She helped them win two state championships at Notre Dame," Logan said. "She is a tough, gutsy player who is a bit of a throwback in the way she plays. Mallory is going to help us win, and people will enjoy watching her play because she is such a consummate competitor."

McKenzie, a 5-foot-8 guard, was one of the top scorers in the State of Maryland as a junior. She earned All-Howard County First Team honors from The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post following her sophomore and junior seasons. She was an All-Howard County Second Team honoree as a freshman. McKenzie averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds per game as a junior and was named to the All-Metro Second Team by The Baltimore Sun and All-Metro Fourth Team by The Washington Post.

"Miriam is also a versatile perimeter player," Logan said. "She can shoot the three and take people off the dribble, so she will be a difficult person for teams in the conference to guard."