Junior forward Allison Day headlined five members of the Loyola women’s basketball team (10-12, 8-10) named to All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) teams, the MVC announced March 10. Day was one of 11 players across the conference named to the First Team All-MVC and the only representative from the Ramblers.
As the only returning double-digit scorer from last season, Day led the Ramblers this season with an average of 11 points per game. The Russellville, Ohio native’s 54.6 percent shooting ranked second in the MVC, while her 6.6 rebounds per game ranked sixth.
Loyola senior guard Ellie Rice was one of six players to be given an Honorable Mention. Rice was Loyola’s second-leading scorer, putting up 10 points per game. She was Loyola head coach Kate Achter’s workhorse this season, playing over 100 more minutes than any other Rambler. Her 32.9 minutes per contest ranked seventh in the MVC.
First-years Maya Chandler and Sitori Tanin made the MVC All-Freshman Team, while senior guard Bre Hampton-Bey earned a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer Team.
Chandler averaged 8.1 points per game — the fourth-highest mark for Loyola — and started in all 22 games this season. The guard from Martinsville, Indiana ended the season on a high note, scoring 18 points in the regular season finale against Illinois State University March 6.
Tanin averaged 6.1 points per game and appeared in all 22 games for Loyola, but she was moved to the bench after starting the first six games. The forward from Middleton, Wisconsin gave Loyola a strong shot-blocking presence — her 24 rejections were tied for the fourth-most in the MVC.
After transferring from the University of Massachusetts over the summer, Hampton-Bey made her debut in the Ramblers’ third game of the season after the NCAA announced it was easing transfer rules in response to COVID-19. Hampton-Bey started in eight of her 16 appearances for Loyola this season, and her 8.3 points per game was the third-highest scoring average for the Ramblers.
Despite having the third-best defense in the conference this season, no Ramblers were selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team. Often guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter player, Achter had been advocating for Rice’s inclusion on the team following several games, but Rice ultimately didn’t make the cut.
Of the 32 All-Conference spots awarded, Loyola received five of them — tied for the second-most with Drake University and Illinois State. Missouri State had the most honorees, with six players named to All-Conference teams.
The winners of MVC Player of the Year and other specialty awards will be announced March 11 at 4 p.m. on the MVC Tournament Preview Show on ESPN+.
After being picked to come in eighth out of 10 teams in the MVC preseason poll, the Ramblers finished sixth in the standings.
The Ramblers are scheduled to face Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament March 12 in Moline. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN+.