ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Loyola University Chicago junior Katie Salmon (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wauwatosa East) has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference's Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday morning. Salmon, who was tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection, is the second Rambler to earn Scholar-Athlete accolades after Lyndsey Booker was honored following the 2013-14 campaign.
Salmon has enjoyed a breakout junior campaign this season. The Wauwatosa, Wis. native is the only Rambler to have started in all 29 games for first-year head coach Kate Achter's team. Salmon wrapped up the regular season as Loyola's top scorer (8.9 ppg) and rebounder (6.1 ppg). The 6-foot-1 guard/forward has reached double figures in scoring nine times this season and has ripped down at least 10 rebounds on five different occasions.
Away from the hardwood, Salmon, who majors in statistics, sports a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average.
The criteria for the Missouri Valley Conference's Scholar-Athlete Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution. He must have played in 75 percent of his team's games. Voting for the teams is conducted by the league's sports information directors.
Tenth-seeded Loyola opens play at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday evening when it takes on seventh-seeded Bradley. Tip-off from the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. is set for 7 p.m.