Veterans boost hopes for Hounds hoops

By Ryan Eigenbrode

Loyola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have a host of veteran players returning to the court this season, inspiring high hopes for the year in head coaches Jimmy Patsos and Joe Logan, ’96. Their colleagues agree; the coaches’ peers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) picked the Greyhounds women second and the men third in the preseason league poll.

All-MAAC First Team guard Miriam McKenzie, ’12, and second team guard Katie Sheahin, ’13, return for the women after helping the Greyhounds reach the MAAC championship game last season.

Their team also won the first basketball postseason game in Loyola history, defeating Old Dominion in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament before bowing out to Virginia in the second round.

In addition to McKenzie and Sheahin, guard Candice Walker, ’12, and post players Alyssa Sutherland, ’13, and Nneka Offodille, ’14, return with standout talent and greater experience.

On the men’s side, All-MAAC Third Team forward Shane Walker, ’12, and the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year, guard J’hared Hall, ’12, lead a seasoned squad that finished 15-15 in 2010-11 and advanced to the MAAC Quarterfinals.

Guards Justin Drummond and Dylon Cormier are back for their second seasons in Reitz Arena, where they are joined by fellow perimeter player Robert Olson, ’13. With junior forward Erik Etherly’s development as one of the conference’s top post players, Patsos’ team boasts a solid inside-out game this year.

Single-game and season tickets are available at www.loyolagreyhounds.com and 410-617-1420.

Loyola athletics will provide free live video streaming of all non-televised men’s and women’s home games this season. Fans can follow the Hounds online from their computers and most smartphones.

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