Kellie Kennedy becomes Loyola’s winningest coach as Wolf Pack beat Millsaps


Cissy Petty, vice president for student affairs, throws confetti on Coack Kellie Kennedy after Monday’s game, when Kennedy became the winningest coach in Loyola history. Photo credit: Loyola Athletics

Brian Wollitz and Ryan Micklin

With Loyola’s 84-53 win over Millsaps College on Monday night, women’s basketball head coach, Kellie Kennedy became the winningest basketball coach in Loyola history.

In the home victory, Kennedy gained her 174th career win and surpassed former Loyola men’s basketball head coach and Loyola Hall of Famer, Jack Orsley, according to Loyola Athletics.

“I’m excited. It’s pretty cool; I’m excited for the fact that we were able to do that and for my team,” said Kennedy.

While the win was a milestone for Kennedy and her individual accomplishments, she was quick to praise everyone who has helped her on her way.

“Its significant for the program and all of the players that have played for me before and play for me now. It’s a tribute to them because without them none of this is possible. Not to mention the staff, the people who have worked for me over the years who have been great in recruiting those kids who have come here,” said Kennedy.

The Wolf Pack came out scoring early and got up to a 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Majors however, were able to tighten the margin in the second quarter to make it 37-24 in favor of Loyola at the half.

In the second half, the Wolf Pack took over and they didn’t let up. Loyola ended the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run, securing the 84-53 victory.

Senior, Meghan Temple continued her exceptional play, leading the Wolf Pack with 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard, Di’Mond Jackson added 10 points, a team-high nine rebounds and six assists.

The Wolf Pack start Southern States Athletic Conference play on Dec.1 at Brewton-Parker.