Ramblers looking for first trip to semifinals since 2003
Pair earn Horizon League recognition after stellar rookie seasons in Rogers Park
Chicago native Keisha Collins begins her second season on the bench at her alma mater. After a stellar playing career at Loyola, Collins served as the program's Coordinator of Basketball Operations for six months prior to her appointment as an assistant coach. She becomes the first Loyola alumna to join the program's coaching staff since Sue Busiel (1990-93). Collins is one of the program's primary recruiters and works with the team's guards in addition to scouting and practice duties.
Under Collins' teaching, Loyola's guards put together a terrific campaign, led by standouts Monica Albano and Patrice King. King, a transfer from Ball State, earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors after finishing second on the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and assists while Albano continued her assault on the Loyola record book and she enters her senior season third on Loyola's all-time three-point field goals list and just 20 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Collins was a three-year starter at point guard for the Ramblers, transferring in after one season at Southern Indiana, and making a name for herself as both a scorer and a playmaker. She finished her Loyola career with 957 points and 345 rebounds and sits seventh on the Ramblers' all-time assists list with 371 helpers. A team captain each season, Collins started all 87 games in which she played, including 30 her first year at Loyola when she was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, a figure that ranked second in the Horizon League. That season, Collins became the first player since Tracy Hoffmann (2001-02) to record 300 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season and her all-around game continued to improve. She led the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) and assists (4.8 apg) again as a senior, helping the Ramblers to their best season since 2001-02.
Collins, who went to high school at Marian Catholic, graduated from Loyola in 2010 with a degree in Marketing.