No. 23 Women’s Basketball Lands Four on the SSAC All-Academic Team, Sprout Named to Character Team

Mon, 03/05/2012

ROME, Ga. – The 23rd ranked Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team landed four student-athletes on the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference office. Senior Keiva Council (Houston, Texas), senior Amy Sprout (Harahan, La.), sophomore Jasmine Brewer (Houston, Texas), and sophomore Amy Moody (Arlington, Texas) garnered the honors for the Wolfpack. To be eligible for the honor, each student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25. In addition, Sprout was named to the SSAC Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team for the second consecutive year.

Sprout has been active off the court and displayed the five core values of the Champions of Character program which are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The award is considered one of the most prestigious honors by the SSAC. Sprout has volunteered at the Ozanam Inn as well as the Elevate Program. She was also co-chair of the Department of Athletics and Wellness Annual Cancer Awareness Event in February.

This is Sprout’s second consecutive year to be selected to the All-Academic List. The psychology/ pre-med major has started in every game for the past two years. She averages 3.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Sprout also averages a remarkable 56.1 percent from the floor. She scored a career-high 18 points this season against the University of New Orleans off of a 75.0 percent shooting effort (6-for-8).

Council, a psychology and criminal justice major, leads the Wolfpack in per game scoring (22.9), assists (3.6), and steals (2.2). This is her second consecutive year to be named to All-Academic. Her 22.9 points per game is second in the NAIA and her 618 total points is third. The 5-8 guard also ranks third on Loyola’s all-time scoring list with 1,793 career points as well as third on LU’s individual season scoring list with 618 points this season.

Brewer, also a psychology major, leads the ‘Pack on boards averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. The Houston, Texas native follows Council in scoring with 16.4 points per game off of a 57.9 shooting percentage which ranks fourth in the NAIA. In her most recent outing against Mobile, the 5-9 forward scored 16 points pushing her into the top 10 on Loyola’s all-time scoring list with 885 career points.

Moody rounds out the four All-Academic honorees. The business management major leads the Wolfpack in free throw percentage shooting 88.2 percent and is second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (35.2 percent). Her 35.2 three-point field goal percentage ranks sixth in the conference and 40th in the NAIA.

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