As a four-year starting post player for the Loyola women's basketball team, Mary Anne Kirsch Terzaghi was known for her attitude. She always had the same look on her face--determined, confident, calm--no matter how well or how poorly she or the Greyhounds might have been playing at the moment.
"Mary Anne could shoot, rebound, and defend the best player on the opposing team, but her consistency was even more impressive," says Corey (Hewitt) Weible '99, the point guard on those teams, which also featured three other key players from the Class of 1999. "She got it done every single night. And to top it off, she did it with humility and grace."
Thanks to her play in the post, Loyola had plenty of great moments in Kirsch's final two years, when the Greyhounds had a 41-16 overall record, beating Maryland in both seasons, and a 26-10 mark in conference games. She was a first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection in both of those years, helping her team to the MAAC championship game in 1998 and the semifinals in 1999. As a freshman in 1996, she earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors.
The Philadelphia native had a knack for scoring around the basket--she still leads Loyola's all-time field-goal percentage list at 53 percent--and for getting fouled when she didn't--her 324 free throws rank third at Loyola. Her 899 rebounds rank second in the program's Division I history behind only Hall of Famer Patty Stoffey Edelman '95. At the time of her graduation in 1999, Kirsch's 1,306 career points were fifth in program history.
A bachelor's and master's graduate of Loyola's Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program, she is currently a speech language pathologist for the Red Clay School District in Delaware. She is married to Chris Terzaghi.