Four garner 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete honors

Tue, 03/25/2014

(Frankfort, Ky.) Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball juniors Rebekah Greer, Callie McNally, Janeicia Neely and Megan Whittaker have been named to the 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes list.

A 5-8 guard from Hammond, Rebekah Greer appeared in all 35 games played this season. She averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, and shot 39.5% from the field on the year. Greer turned in a season-high three three-pointers and notched a season-best 11 points at the NAIA National Tournament in Loyola’s 72-67 victory over Our Lady of the Lake. Last season, she was named to the SSAC All-Academic Team.

McNally, a 6-2 forward from Long Beach, Miss., started in 27 contests this season. She ranked fifth on the team in total rebounds and third in offensive rebounds. McNally averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She bucketed a career-high 13 points this season versus Faulkner University on Nov. 15. McNally received SSAC All-Academic honors last year.

A 5-5 guard hailing from Kenner, Neely started in all 35 games of the 2013-14 season. She ranked first on the team in assists, dishing out an average 4.29 per game. Neely closed the season ranked 10th in Division I in total assists (150), 27th in assists per game and 47th in total three-point field goals made (59). Additionally, she sits fifth on Loyola’s all-time individual career assists list and is two steals shy of cracking the top 10 on the program’s all-time individual career steals list. Neely ranked third on her squad in free throw percentage (0.783) and second in points scored (470). She averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Neely earned SSAC All-Academic honors last season. This year, she was named to the SSAC All-Conference Team.

In her first year with the Wolf Pack, 5-8 guard from Cumming, Ga., Whittaker started in all 35 games for Loyola. She paced the Wolf Pack from behind the arc with 103 three-pointers on the season and ranked second on the team in three-point field goal percentage with a 0.402. Whittaker ended the year ranked 2nd in Division I in total three-point field goals made, 6th in three-point field goals made per game (2.943) and 19th in three-point field goal percentage. Whittaker tallied a season-best 24 points via a career-high eight three-point field goals made in Loyola’s postseason defeat of Our Lady of the Lake, and broke a NAIA National Tournament record in the same game with 19 three-point attempts. She ended the season averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

This is a first-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor for all four student-athletes. The 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes from Loyola form the second largest class in Wolf Pack women’s basketball history. Catherine Blanchard, Dani Holland, Christine Mainguy, Kim Rigg and Katie Hernandez formed the largest class in 2007.

In order to qualify for the honor, student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, having achieved junior academic status.

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