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Basketball players named to NAIA

March 26, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans junior forward Ryan Brock was named Third-Team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American on March 23, becoming the first player since the program was reinstated in 1991 to make one of the three teams.

Brock, who garnered a honorable mention last season after leading the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in scoring, led the conference once again and was eighth in the NAIA, averaging 21.2 points per game. He was also one of the best in the country at causing turnovers, ranking 23rd in the NAIA in steals with 2.1 per game.

Since joining Loyola in the 2008-09 season, Brock has been rapidly moving up the all-time scoring list, where he sits at 15th with 1,150 points in 56 games played. He finished with 572 points on the year, sixth best for a single season at Loyola, falling six points short of last year’s mark.

Brock helped lead Loyola to 13 wins this season, the fifth most since the reinstatement.

Senior Trenese Smith of the women’s basketball team was named NAIA All-American honorable mention, marking the fourth time in her career she has garnered NAIA All-American honors.

Smith, who was recently named Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American, took honorable mention for the second time in her career after leading the GCAC in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She scored in double figures in all but two games and reached the 20-point plateau 13 times this season including a season-high 28 points in a win over No. 7 Lambuth University.

Smith, a four-time All-GCAC recipient and three-time conference player of the year, leaves Loyola as the all-time leading scorer with 2,439 points. Along with the individual accolades, she guided the Wolfpack to an overall team record of 104-39 (.727), three regular season GCAC championships, and three appearances in the NAIA National Tournament.

For the second consecutive season, basketball players Matt McCabe and Nick Tuszynski have been named to the NAIA Men’s Basketball Daktronics Scholar-Athlete list.

McCabe, a senior guard from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, appeared in 24 games for the Wolfpack including two starts. McCabe, majoring in international business and Spanish, will receive his degree in May.

Tuszynski, a senior forward from Dallas, started all 30 games for the ‘Pack, averaging 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Along with leading the team in rebounding, Tuszynski finished the year shooting 53.1 percent from the field. He closed out his career with 800 points which ranks 30th on Loyola’s all-time list. Tuszynski will graduate this spring with a degree in economics.

In all, 67 men’s basketball players were named 2009-10 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Loyola was one of 18 schools that featured more than one player, and this season marks the fifth straight year the team has had at least two players on the list. In order to be named to the Scholar-Athletes list, a player must be at least a junior in academic standing and maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

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