(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans head women’s basketball coach Kellie Kennedy announced the signing of transfer student Megan Whittaker.
Whittaker joins the Pack after spending two seasons playing for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She played in 39 games in two seasons, 30 of which came during a freshman season in which she averaged 3.7 points in 10.1 minutes per contest. She shot .290 from the three point line while totaling seven assists and seven steals. Whittaker scored a career high 12 points on four three pointers as she led the Ragin’ Cajuns in scoring. That performance came against Nicholls state on November 17th, 2011. She will have two years remaining when she joins the Pack.
Whittaker attended West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia where she was a four year letter winner on the women’s basketball team. She captained the team during her senior season. She was named All-Region 3A in 2010 and All-Region 5A Top 10 in 2011. Whittaker earned All-County recognition in both 2010 and 2011. She left West Forsyth holding school records in threes in a single game (7), season and career. She also tallied a school best mark of 1,040 career points. Whittaker played AAU basketball for the Georgia Hoopstars and coach JD Davis.
Whittaker also excels in the classroom as she graduated in the top 20 percent of her high school class with a 4.14 GPA. She earned honors in the Wolverine Circle of Excellence for posting a GPA over 4.0 all four years of high school. She also earned the Scholar-Athlete award all four years.
At Louisiana-Lafayette, Whittaker was named to the President’s List all four semesters. She also earned the student-athlete award and was a member of the UL Pace Club and the honors program. She has also participated in numerous community service projects working with Seven Bridges Ministry, Special Olympics Buddy Program, Reading in Red, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother Big Sister, Make a Wish Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana.
“Megan is an excellent outside shooter and her addition will help to open up our offense. Megan has a high basketball IQ and her experience in the Sun Belt Conference will help her succeed in our program. She is going to be an immediate contributor both for our team and the Loyola community,” said coach Kennedy.
She intends to study accounting at Loyola. She is the daughter of Brent and Martha Whittaker and has two older siblings named Michelle and John as well as a twin brother, James.
Whittaker will join the 2013 signing class which includes four freshman; Jackie Anderson, Caroline Gonzalez, Kylah Jones, and Meghan Temple.