Loyola’s Kennedy named SSAC Coach of the Year, five players honored by league

Thu, 03/06/2014

(Montgomery, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team collected seven awards at the SSAC Championship Banquet on Wednesday evening.

Head coach Kellie Kennedy was named the Women’s Coach of the Year. En route to leading her squad to the Women’s West Division Regular Season Championship, Kennedy closed the 2013-14 season with a 20-10, 14-6 SSAC record. This season marks her fourth 20-win season in her six years with the Pack. Under Kennedy’s tutelage, Loyola defeated six ranked teams this season. Kennedy earned her 100th victory with the Wolf Pack on Nov. 23 when Loyola took down Southern Polytechnic State University. The Pack qualified for their third NAIA National Championship Tournament with Kennedy at the helm.

Senior Jasmine Brewer and junior Janeicia Neely earned SSAC All-Conference honors. Brewer was named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team and garnered SSAC Player of the Week and National Jesuit Player of the Week Honorable Mention earlier this season. Brewer paces her squad in average points (13.70) rebounds (7.90) and steals (1.77) per game. She ranks 10th in Division I in field goal percentage (0.539) and has made her mark on the Loyola record books. Brewer sits second, 25 boards shy of first, on the Loyola all-time individual career rebounding list, fifth in individual career scoring and eighth in individual career steals. Brewer also received the Loyola Champions of Character award.

Neely leads the passing effort for the Pack, turning in an average 4.37 assists per contest. She ranks second on the team in points, steals, field goals made and three-point field goals made this season. Neely ranks 16th in Division I in total assists and recently surpassed Dani Holland to sit fifth on the Loyola all-time individual career assists list.

Caroline Gonzalez, Kylah Jones and Meghan Temple were named to the SSAC All-Freshmen Team. Gonzalez is averaging 3.73 points and 3.04 rebounds per game. She ranks second on the team in free throw percentage, third in three-point field goal percentage and fourth in blocks. Jones is turning in 8.73 points, 2.53 rebounds and 2.40 assists a night. She sits second on the squad in assists, third in steals and fourth in total points and points per game. Temple tops Loyola in blocks on the season. Averaging 5.3 points and 5.27 rebounds per game, she is second on the Wolf Pack in total rebounds and sixth in total points and points per game.

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