Kelly Loughney, a member of the women’s basketball team at New York University (NYU) – and an athlete with local roots – was recently named to the University Athletic Association Honorable Mention team after her freshman seasons playing for the Violets.
Loughney, the granddaughter of Ann Loughney of Havery’s Lake, and the late Joe Loughney of Pittston, became the first Violet freshman to earn All-UAA status since Lauren D’Ambrosio in 1999-2000. In UAA play, she ranked first in blocks (20) and second in both rebounding (7.1) and field-goal percentage (55.7%). The 6-foot forward added 9.2 points per game, second among freshmen.For the season, Loughney averaged 8.6 points and 7.5 boards per game while shooting a team-best 55.4 percent from the floor. She entered the starting lineup nine games into the year, finishing with 16 starts in NYU’s 25 games to become the first Violet freshman to start more than half of the team’s games since Adrienne Rochetti in 2003-04.NYU finished the season fifth in the ultracompetitive UAA, which sent three of eight teams to the NCAA Tournament, with a record of 6-8. The Violets went 12-13 overall, with three of those victories coming against squads that went on to the NCAA Tournament.
Loughney is the daughter of Kevin and Debbie Loughney of Clinton, NJ, and the niece of Jerry Loughney of Pittston.