KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team received 39 votes in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll, 43 less votes than the previous poll released back on Mar. 7.
The 2011-12 postseason poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups.
The Wolfpack finished the 2011-12 season losing in the first round of the NAIA National Championship. Senior Keiva Council led all scorers with a tournament-high 34 points. The 5-8 senior guard also added four rebounds, four steals, and two assists. She was the only Loyola player who had double-figures and was followed by senior Amy Sprout and sophomore Amy Moody who both added nine points each. This was Loyola’s fifth National Championship appearance and head coach Kellie Kennedy’s second.
The Wolfpack concluded the season 23-6 and 14-4 in conference play, marking the second best winning percentage in the program’s history. It was Kennedy’s third 20+ win season in her four years at Loyola. LU ranks nationally in the NAIA in a remarkable 15 categories, including no. 1 in field goal percentage (46.0 percent) since the last week of November. The ‘Pack also finished the year ranking in the top 30 in five more categories: 9th in scoring offense per game (76.3), 10th in scoring margin (14.2), 13th in three-point field goal percentage (33.3 percent), 21st in turnover margin (2.9), and 29th in total rebound defense (36.1).