Joelle Bordelon Graham (Women’s Basketball 2001-2005)
Joelle Bordelon Graham's first two seasons as the starting point guard for Loyola's women's basketball team were arduous. The Wolf Pack posted records of 6-25 and 4-27, though Graham led her team in total assists (133) and steals (60) as a freshman, and in assists (103) as a sophomore.
In her next two seasons, though, she helped Loyola jumpstart its transformation into one of the region's most respected women's basketball programs.
Graham as a junior set a school record for assists (203) and steals (78) in a season, and she ranked third in assists in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. She popped in a respectable 10.7 points per game, at the time a career high for her. Meanwhile, Loyola strung together what was by far its best season ever in women's basketball, amassing a record of 21-11 in its last year as a school that didn't offer athletic scholarships.
But Graham's senior year was even better. She not only set her career-high in scoring (11.5 points per game) -- she broke her school season marks in assists and steals, with 270 (7.7 per game) and 102 (2.9 per game), respectively. Both have yet to be matched.
In the meantime, Loyola finished with the best record in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, 11-7. The Wolf Pack (21-14 overall) lost each of its first four games in the GCAC that year, but they won 11 of their next 14 contests to become the first women's basketball team at Loyola to be invited to and play in the NAIA national tournament.
Graham landed spots on the All-GCAC and All-GCAC Tournament teams as well as an All-Louisiana honorable mention. She owns the school career records for most assists (724), most steals (372) and most free throws (417).
Graham, a graduate of Dominican High School in New Orleans, received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Loyola.