Kelly Loughney to Join Women's Basketball Program
June 8, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Kelly Loughney, a freshman standout at New York University, will be joining the Lafayette women's basketball team, as announced today by Head Coach Dianne Nolan. Loughney, an All-University Athletic Association talent for the Violets, will matriculate to Lafayette as a sophomore in the fall of 2011 and will regain full eligibility as a student-athlete for the 2012-13 season.
A 6-0 forward from Clinton, N.J., Loughney ranked second among UAA freshmen with 8.6 points per game and finished second in the association with 7.5 rebounds per contest in one season at NYU. She also finished second in field goal percentage (55.4 percent) and blocked shots (34) en route to garnering Honorable Mention All-UAA status. She scored a career-best 19 points at Emory on Feb. 6, one of 12 games in which she scored in double figures, and ripped down a career-high 18 rebounds in her collegiate debut against York on Nov. 15. Loughney compiled six double-doubles in 25 games and paced the Violets in field goal percentage and blocks.
Loughney played scholastically at North Hunterdon High School, where she was the West Jersey Player of the Year as a senior as her team won the Group 4 New Jersey State Championship and advanced to the semifinals of the state's Tournament of Champions. Also an accomplished softball and volleyball player at North Hunterdon, Loughney was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Wendy's High School Heisman.
"Kelly will increase our depth at the forward position," said Nolan. "She is a versatile player who will help us as a rebounder as well as a scorer down low and from the perimeter."
Though NCAA rules regarding transfer students will not permit Loughney to play for the Leopards in the upcoming 2011-12 season, she will be allowed to practice and join her teammates on the bench for home contests.
"It will be beneficial for Kelly to learn our style of play and to integrate herself as a member of our team next season," Nolan said. "This transition period will allow her to make an immediate impact on the court as a junior."
Loughney joins nine returning Leopards as well as a highly-touted incoming freshman class in the 2011-12 season. Lafayette is tentatively slated to play 12 games within the familiar confines of Kirby Sports Center in the upcoming campaign.