New Orleans, La.- Fifteen Loyola University New Orleans sophomores will be honored at the Wolfpack men’s and women’s basketball games on Friday night against Lee University as part of Sophomore Spirit Night sponsored by The SophoMORE Initiative. The women’s tilt is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the men slated to follow at 7:30 p.m. in The Den.
The sophomores being recognized during halftime of the women’s game include Andrew Krawcyk, Joseph “J.A.” Cunningham, Kenny Tsao, Ian Clarkson, Britney Bodin, Steve Daigle, Kimberly Buras, Mar Trujilo, and Margaret Vienne.
At intermission of the men’s contest Andrew Kozaites, Galen Westerfield, Jared Brooks, Khaled Badr, Haley Humiston, and Rachel White will be honored.
The students are being recognized for their leadership, scholarship, as well as giving back to others through service in the Loyola and New Orleans communities. All sophomores are invited to a special reception with food provided by Fresco’s Café. The reception will be held on the 6th floor of the gym during the games. The first 50 sophomores in attendance will receive a free drawstring bag.
The Wolfpack women (6-2) fell to #23 Columbia College 73-59 on Saturday. Prior to the defeat, Loyola had won six of their first seven games on the season. Rachael Nolan leads the Wolfpack averaging 15.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Lee (7-1) is ranked #7 in the latest NAIA women’s poll and fell in their last game to #1 Union 73-66 on Nov. 29.
Loyola’s men’s team comes into the match up fresh off a 70-52 victory over SUNO Tuesday night in The Castle. Ryan Brock led with 22 points and has scored in double figures in all seven games this season. He leads Loyola (5-2) averaging 21.5 points per game and has scored 20 or more points four times in seven contests. Lee (7-1) is currently ranked #12 in the latest NAIA poll. The Flames defeated Bryan College 75-54 on November 29 prior to travelling to New Orleans.
The SophoMORE Initiative is a Student Affairs-based program housed within the Career Development Center and designed to support sophomore students in answering important life questions. Through a broad range of intentional events and programs, the SophoMORE Initiative will assist students in discovering their strengths, developing their talents, and applying skills and strategies to enhance leadership development, academic and career success, and community and social well being. The SophoMORE Initiative guides second-year students through this decisive period with programs focused on self-reflection and discernment. More information on The SophoMORE Initiative can be found at http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/sophomore-initiative.
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