Loyola at a Glance
Three Wolfpack basketball players named to NAIA All-American team
March 27, 2009
Loyola men’s forward Ryan Brock was named All-American honorable mention by the NAIA for the 2008-09 season. For the women, Trenese Smith was named third team, while Trenell Smith was also given honorable mention.
Brock, a sophomore transfer from the University of New Orleans, had an impressive first season with Loyola. Brock led the GCAC with 19.9 points per game, which also ranked 17th in the NAIA. He scored 578 points for the season, fifth best in Loyola’s history.
Brock, who was named All-GCAC, started and played in 29 of 30 games this season, missing one due to injury. He shot 51 percent from the field and connected on 126 free throws. Brock also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
In Loyola’s second game of the season, Brock scored a career best 34 points against Southern Polytechnic State. For the game, he made 18 of 23 free throws in the 86-78 victory.
Brock was an integral part in Loyola’s success this season, leading the Wolfpack to a tie for second place in conference with a 12-6 GCAC record. Loyola finished with 19 wins, the most since 1948.
Trenese Smith, who was named honorable mention and second team in her previous two seasons, averaged 18.2 points for the year. Along with making the All-American team for the third time, Trenese was also named GCAC Player of the Year for her third consecutive season.
This season, Trenese captured the Wolfpack career scoring record. She surpassed the mark in the semi-finals of the GCAC tournament against William Carey, and finished the season with 1,925 career points. For the season, she scored 547 points which is fourth on the single-season list, trailing only her last season total of 690 and 2006-07’s total of 599; and last year’s 644 points from her twin, Trenell.
Trenell Smith was named honorable mention for the second straight season after averaging 14.7 points for the year. Trenell, who made the All-GCAC team for the third time, led the Wolfpack with 3.6 assists per game. Trenell recorded one double-double on the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Xavier. She scored a season-high 25 points in a victory over Tougaloo.
After adding 440 points to her career total this season, Trenell also moved up in the Loyola record books, taking over 3rd with 1,684 career points.
During the twins three full seasons at Loyola, the Wolfpack have an overall record of 76-23 (.767), a conference record of 49-5 (.907), three GCAC regular season championships, two GCAC tournament titles and three NAIA National Tournament bids which includes an appearance in the quarterfinals in 2007-08.
The Smith twins return next season as seniors for the Wolfpack.
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