Jan. 1, 2013
CHICAGO - Senior Monica Albano (Park Ridge, Ill./Trinity) and freshman Devon Turk (Houston, Texas/Westbury Christian Academy) have been selected as Loyola University Chicago's Athletes of the Month it was announced today. Both student-athletes turned in phenomenal performances on the basketball court in December.
Albano, who last month became the 19th player in Loyola women's basketball to score 1,000 career points, averaged a team-best 15.5 points to go with 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists, while shooting 39 percent (15 for 39) from three-point range in four appearances in December. The sharp-shooting, 5-foot-8 guard scored in double digits on three occasions and pumped in a season-high 21 points, going 5 for 11 from beyond the arc, and hauled in six rebounds at Nebraska Omaha on December 8.
One of the top three-point shooters in Loyola annals, Albano closed out December by notching 14 points against long-time Red Line rival DePaul on December 18, then accounted for 19 points, again hitting five three-point field goals, at Marquette on December 29.
For the season, Albano is contributing 12.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg for the 4-7 Ramblers.
Like Albano, Turk excelled from long range, averaging 12.6 ppg and 1.4 rpg, while knocking down a ridiculous 58 percent (14 for 24) of his shots from three-point territory to help the Loyola men's basketball team to a 4-1 record in December. In five appearances, Turk scored in double figures four times despite coming off the bench in each contest.
In addition to becoming the first Rambler true freshman ever to open his career by hitting a three-pointer in each of his first 10 games, Turk also finished December as the second-highest scoring freshman in the Horizon League with 8.3 ppg. He got the final month of the calendar year off to a rousing start by coming off the bench to erupt for 19 points, on 7 of 10 shooting from the field, including 5 of 7 from three-point land, in only 24 minutes in a 77-50 victory over Furman on December 1.
After totaling 10 points at No. 19 Michigan State, the 6-foot-4 Houston native burned Mississippi State for 21 points, again going 5 of 7 from long distance, while adding two rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a pair of steals in a 59-51 victory on December 15. He wrapped up December by producing 10 points in only 11 minutes of action as Loyola toppled city nemesis DePaul for the first time since 1989, on December 29.
Turk is accounting for 8.3 ppg and 1.2 rpg, while shooting 51 percent (24 for 47) from beyond the arc in 12 games for Loyola, which is off to its best start (9-3) since 2009-10.