March 8, 2013
CHICAGO - Declan Murray (Strongsville, Ohio/Saint Ignatius) and Simone Law (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) have been selected as Loyola University Chicago's Male and Female Athlete of the Month respectively, for the month of February, it was announced today. A senior on the track and field team, Murray helped the Ramblers to their first Horizon League Indoor Championship since 1980, while Law, a sophomore, helped the Loyola women's basketball team to a 7-1 record last month.
One of the most accomplished runners in Loyola track history, Murray was a key contributor on the men's 2013 Horizon League Indoor Track & Field championship squad. Selected as the 2013 Horizon League Men's Track Athlete of the Year, the senior qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season based off of his time at the Grand Valley State Big Meet.
Murray, who last season was named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Second Team All-America, won the 800m at the Horizon League Indoor Championships for the second consecutive year by clocking in at 1:51.65. He also ran the anchor leg for the Ramblers' 4x400m relay team that captured first place at the League meet.
The numbers Law put up in February are the kind usually only seen in video games. The 6-foot forward averaged a whopping 25.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game, while connecting on 59 percent (63 for 106) of her field goal attempts, and 73 percent (50 for 69) of her tries from the foul line. In seven appearances last month, she scored 20 or more points on six occasions, and in the other, tallied 19 points. Law pumped in 33 points and collected 12 rebounds to spearhead Loyola's 92-76 victory over Milwaukee on February 28.
Named Horizon League Player of the Week on February 18 after her impressive efforts in victories against Valparaiso and at Wright State, Law produced 29 points and six boards in a 72-67 win at Cleveland State, and her 10 boards at Wright State gave her a double double.
For the year, Law is averaging team highs of 17.2 ppg and 8.7 rpg. The Ramblers close out the 2012-13 regular season Saturday (March 9) at UIC.