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Sheahin Named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year

Katie Sheahin led the MAAC with 3.4 steals per game.

Katie Sheahin led the MAAC with 3.4 steals per game.

March 1, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland women's basketball junior Katie Sheahin was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year as announced by the conference at the Postseason Awards Banquet held at the National Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday night in Springfield, Mass.

Sheahin is only the second player in the history of the conference to earn the honor in back-to-back years, joining former Marist standout Alisa Kresge. Kresge won the award for three-straight years from 2004-07.

The Brookeville, Md., averaged 3.4 steals per game during the regular season, good for first in the MAAC and ninth in the nation. She has recorded a steal in 40-straight games entering the MAAC Championship and has had 27 multi-steal games this year, including a career-high eight at Pittsburgh.

Her 98 steals this season rank second on the Loyola single season list only to her own record of 118 that she set last season. She set the program all-time steals record earlier this season, passing Lorrie Schenning who had held the mark since 199. Sheahin currently has 267 thefts for her career.

Sheahin also ranks fourth in blocks at 1.2 per game, recording 34 this year which is the ninth-most in Loyola single-season history. She has 94 career blocks which also ranks in the top-five all-time at Loyola.

Sheahin was also joined by Nicole Krusen, Miriam McKenzie, Julie Smith and Alyssa Sutherland on the MAAC All-Academic team.

The junior will take the court tomorrow as fourth-seeded Loyola faces-off with the fifth seed Niagara in the quarterfinal round of the MAAC Championship at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.