Council earns All-America honors

Sat, 03/19/2011

ATLANTA, Ga. - Loyola University New Orleans women's basketball player Keiva Council was named a 2011 NAIA State Farm Coaches' All-America Honorable Mention recipient, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Council was the top scorer for the Wolfpack this season, scoring 16.9 points per game. She had a knack for drawing fouls and converting on free throws, shooting 201-for-254 (79.1 percent) from the line.

"Keiva had a tremendous season for the Wolfpack and she is very deserving of this honor. I am so proud of her and very proud that she is part of our program. She has been a great leader for us, not only in statistical categories, but also as our emotional leader. She has the heart and determination of a lion and wants to win more than anything," said Loyola head coach Kellie Kennedy.

A junior from Houston, Texas, Council led her team in points, assists, steals and blocks, and was named to the SSAC's All-Conference and All-Academic Teams.

On Feb. 8 against Dillard, Council scored a school-record 43 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Council shot 5-for-8 from three point range and 16-for-22 from the free throw line to help LU erase a 14-point halftime deficit to win in overtime, 75-72. During that game, Council reached the 1000-point mark in career scoring.

Council helped guide the Wolfpack to a Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament championship game appearance after the 'Pack upset top-seeded Lee University in an overtime semifinal game. She scored 20.3 points per game in LU's three games, earning her a place on the All-Tournament Team.

This marks the third season out of the last four that at least one Wolfpack women's basketball player has been named to the All-America team. Trenese Smith was named to the list in 2008 and 2010.

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