(Kansas City, Mo.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team had a banner year in 2016-17. Led by Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Coach of the Year Kellie Kennedy, the Wolf Pack won a program-best 25 regular season games en route to capturing the program’s second SSAC Regular Season title.
Touting a 26-6 record after the SSAC tournament, Loyola made its fourth-straight appearance in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, marking the ninth time that the Wolf Pack have qualified for the national tournament.
Leading this history-making squad were forward Meghan Temple (SR/Houston, Texas) and guard Zoie Miller (JR/Frisco, Texas). For their efforts during the 2016-17 season, both players garnered national recognition today as Temple was named a NAIA Third Team All-American and Miller earned a spot on the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American list.
Temple was a force down low for the Wolf Pack all season, finishing second on the team in scoring (11.9/game) while leading the squad in both rebounding (9.5/game) and total blocks (49).
A 2016-17 First Team All-SSAC selection, Temple ended the season ranking second in the conference in total rebounds (305) and offensive rebounds per game (4.25) while finishing third in both blocks and double-doubles (10).
The Houston native wrapped up her senior campaign sitting fifth in the NAIA in offensive rebounds per game and 10th in total rebounds. Overall, Temple ranked amongst the national leaders in five major statistical categories.
A member of the Wolf Pack for four years, Meghan will leave Loyola as one of the most dominating forces in program history. Temple’s 1011 career rebounds tops the Wolf Pack leaderboard by nearly 100 while her 131 blocks are the most in program history by an astounding 65 rejections. Logging eight blocks in Loyola’s 81-53 dismantling of Xavier (La.) this past November, Meghan broke Loyola’s single game record (6) that stood for over 20 years.
Temple ends her time at Loyola with 1210 points (eight all-time) and as the only women’s basketball player in program history to record 1000 points and 1000 rebounds in a career.
Providing an offensive punch off the bench throughout the season, 2016-17 First Team All-SSAC selection Miller led Loyola and ranked seventh in the SSAC with 13.5 points per game. Swiping a team-high 69 steals during the 2016-17 campaign, Miller helped Loyola finish the season ranked 15th in the NAIA with 349 total steals. The Frisco native tied a Wolf Pack program record with nine steals against Selma University on December 7, in a game that also saw the guard put up a career-high 27 points to lead Loyola to the convincing 90-50 victory at home.
Against No. 3-seeded Montana State University-Northern in this year’s NAIA National Championship, Zoie led Loyola in scoring with 17 points and outscored the Skylights on her own throughout most of the first quarter. Miller’s 17 points in the tournament marked the 22nd time that she has scored in double figures this season and it was the 15th time in the final 16 games that the guard put up at least 10 points.