New Orleans, La.- Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball player Keiva Council was named the National Jesuit Player of the Week by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight for her record setting performance last week.
Council, a 5-8 guard from Houston, carried the Wolfpack to a perfect 2-0 record on the week and extended the Loyola win streak to four games. She averaged 29.0 points and 9.5 rebounds and scored a school record 43 points against cross-town rival Dillard. She made 13 of her 32 field goal attempts (5-11 on three pointers) and 25-33 from the free throw line on the week.
Council leads the Wolfpack in scoring (16.8 ppg) and is in the top 15 in the nation in NAIA Division I in assists (4.8). It is the third honor of the week for Council, who was also named Southern States Athletic Conference and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week.
Loyola (17-8, 5-3 SSAC) is currently in second place in the SSAC West, 2.5 games out of first place behind Belhaven University. With four conference games remaining on the schedule, the Wolfpack will be in action on Thursday against Belhaven in Jackson with a 5:30 p.m. tip off. Loyola will also play Auburn-Montgomery on Saturday with tip off in The Den slated for 2 p.m.
Out of the 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Loyola is one of only eight schools to be undefeated in games against fellow Jesuit opponents. The Wolfpack defeated Spring Hill twice this season. Gonzaga (4-0), Loyola-Maryland (4-0), Xavier OH (3-0) are the only other schools that are undefeated and played more than one JBS game. Boston College, Creighton, Loyola-Chicago, Rockhurst and all are 1-0 against Jesuit schools.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight pilot project is a nationwide effort to 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 (men and women) this year. You can find more information on the project at http://www.ajcunet.edu/jesuitbasketball.
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