Dec. 3, 2012
CHICAGO - Seniors Ben Averkamp (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) and Gina Valgoi (Detroit, Mich./Regina) have been selected as Loyola University Chicago's Male and Female Athlete of the Month respectively, for the month of November. This marks the second straight month that Valgoi has garnered Loyola Female Athlete of the Month accolades.
A 6-foot-8 forward on the men's basketball team, Averkamp had a monster opening month of the season and was a vital cog in the Ramblers' strong start. By going 5-2 in November, Loyola posted five wins before December 1 for just the third time in program history, joining the 2010-11 and 2006-07 squads as teams to accomplish that feat. Averkamp put up 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game in November, hitting 54 percent (43 for 80) of his field goal attempts, 40 percent (6 for 15) of his three-point tries, and 91 percent (30 for 33) of his charity tosses.
Following a huge performance in a three-game event at the USF Invitational, Averkamp was named to the All-Tournament Team and in a 62-46 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on November 18 he totaled 27 points and eight rebounds. In the first few games of the month, Averkamp not only became the 39th player in Loyola history to score his 1,000th career point, but also became just the 19th player in school annals ever to accumulate 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Valgoi, a member of the cross country team who has earned All-Horizon League honors in each of her four seasons, became the first-ever Rambler to qualify for the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship. At the NCAA Midwest Regional, the senior helped Loyola to an 11th-place team finish by placing sixth overall in the 6K race with a time of 20:37 to earn a spot in the national championship.
Making history at the NCAA Championship, Valgoi turned in her second-fastest time ever, completing the 6K course is 20:50 to claim 104th place.