WASHINGTON D.C. – Loyola University’s Keiva Council was named Jesuit Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 2 through Jan. 8, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday. This is Council’s fourth honor this week, and it is the second time she has been named Jesuit Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She earned the honor six weeks ago for the week of Nov. 21 through Nov. 27.
The 5-8 guard from Houston, Texas had one of her best weeks of her collegiate basketball career scoring double-digits in all three of Loyola’s games. In Friday’s game against Brewton-Parker, Council dropped 41 points while also adding nine rebounds, two steals, as well as a block and an assist. It was her second 40+ point game of the season, and she is the only player in Loyola’s history to score 40+ points in multiple games.
In Saturday’s game versus Southern Poly, the senior captain produced 25 points which put her over the 1,500 career point mark. Council still ranks 5th on Loyola’s all-time scoring list with 1,514 career points. She also contributed six rebounds, three assists, and a steal against the Lady Hornets.
In addition to her outstanding play in the previous week, Council also ranks nationally in the NAIA in seven categories: 1st in points per game (24.2), 3rd in total scoring (339), 21st in defensive rebounds per game (6.2), 34th in field goal percentage (47.5), 36th in three-point field goals made per game (2.1), 47th in total three-point field goals made (29), and 50th in free throw percentage (76.5).
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project is a nationwide effort to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education and mission. This project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in response to member institutions wanting to spread the word of Jesuit higher education through the more than 90 basketball games in which Jesuit institutions play each other.