Friday, January 21, 2011

MAAC Women On National Leaderboard

In a recent "ATM" .... Around The MAAC ... post you blogger identified some conference players whose individual stats ranked among the national leaders.

And, it was also noted that no individual women players appeared on the national leaderboards.

Well, a second look showed that assessment to be incorrect and your blogger is humbled by the miscue.

Indeed, there are two conference women among the national leaders in steals.

Katie Sheahin, Loyola's multi-dimensional sophomore guard, is averaging 3.6 steals per game (61 in 17 contests), an average that ranks her No. 2 nationally behind only Kevi Luper of Oral Roberts, who averages 3.8 per game.

Sheahin, an all-rookie team selection last season, has emerged as one of the conference's brightest young stars.

She also ranks first among MAAC players in assists (4.5 per game), 11th in field goal percentage (.372), 12th in rebounding (5.4) and 14th in scoring (11.0).

Sheahin and her Loyola teammates travel to Siena on Saturday afternoon, 2 p.m., for a meeting of 5-1 second-place teams. It should be a competitive contest and your blogger is looking forward not only to seeing a good, competitive game but to get a first in-person glimpse this season of Sheahin.

And, let's not overlook another MAAC player, Manhattan's senior guard Abby Wentworth who averages 3.4 steals per contest (58 in 17 games), which is 10th best nationally. Wentworth also leads the conference in scoring (14.6 points per game) thus far this season.

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