Dec. 22, 2008
BALTIMORE - Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland have signed National Letters of Intent and will comprise the Loyola women's basketball Class of 2013, Head Coach Joe Logan announced today.
The duo gives the Greyhounds an outstanding post-guard combination who will begin playing for Loyola in 2009-2010.
"Katie and Alyssa are both high quality students and high-character people who will help us be successful in the classroom, on the court and in the community," Logan said. "Together, they will help us continue to develop the system we have laid the groundwork for here at Loyola."
Sutherland, a post player from Camillus, N.Y., has been an all-region player at West Genesee High School for Head Coach Jeff Ross. Last season, she earned all-league honors and was named to the All-Central New York Second Team, as well.
"Alyssa is a tenacious player who is going to help us continue to build a high-tempo style," Logan said. "She comes from an area of New York where a lot of our conference opponents are from, and it is an area that we focus on during our recruiting."
She has also been a high honor roll student and is a member of the National Honor Society. Sutherland recently earned the Camillus Optimist Club's Exceptional Senior Award. She is also a letterwinner for the West Genesee soccer and volleyball teams, helping the volleyball team reach the state finals in 2007.
Through eight games this season, Sutherland and the Wildcats are 6-2. She is averaging 20.3 points per game, including a 31-point effort in the year's second contest, a win over Bishop Ludden. In 2007-2008, Sutherland averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game for the Wildcats.
Sutherland, who plays AAU basketball for the Unity Wildcats and Coach Terry Mannion, is the daughter of Russ and Sandy Sutherland.
Sheahin is the fifth student-athlete from the State of Maryland to sign with the Greyhounds in the last three classes. She has earned several accolades while playing leading Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Regular-Season titles for the last three seasons. She has played for Coach Tom Splaine at Good Counsel.
"Katie is a versatile, hard-working guard who can get to the basket or shoot the three, and she is going to fit in immediately," Logan said. "It is great to get another local player from a quality program."
She helped the Falcons finish the 2007-2008 season ranked eight in the final Washington Post poll, as she earned All-Metro honors from the publication. She was an All-Montgomery County First Team honoree and a All-Montgomery Gazette First Team member, too.
This season, Sheahin and the Falcons are off to a 7-0 start, 3-0 in the WCAC. They are ranked seventh in the latest Washington Post Girls' Basketball Top 20. Sheahin is averaging 16.3 points per game in those seven games.
Sheahin, who like Sutherland is a member of the National Honors Society and a member of Good Counsel's first honor roll, has played AAU basketball for the Maryland Flames Elite and Coach Herb Krusen, helping the team finish second in the nation in 2007-2008. She is the daughter of Bob and Linda Sheahin.