Kiely Schork (Women’s Basketball 2003-2007)
All championship basketball teams need players who can score from long range. For Loyola's women's basketball team, that player was Kiely Schork.
The native of Burlingame, California, owns the school career records for most three-point field goals (501) and games played (150, of which Loyola won 104). She was also Loyola's career scoring leader (1,866 points) when she graduated in 2008, though teammate Trenese Smith subsequently surpassed that mark.
In the process, Schork was a part of the first women's basketball team to play in the NAIA postseason tournament in 2005. She helped Loyola win its first-ever GCAC tournament championship in 2007 (with a memorable 73-68 victory over Xavier at The Den) and automatically qualify for a second national tournament.
In 2008, Schork helped Loyola not only qualify for a third national tournament but also advance to the quarterfinal -- or Elite Eight -- round of the 32-team tournament. No Loyola basketball team had gone that far in a postseason national tournament since the men's squad from 1946 that made it to the semifinals.
As a freshman, Schork buried 8 three-pointers in one game and 114 for the season, both school records. She broke both of those marks as a sophomore, nailing 9 three-pointers in one game and 145 on the season. Her record of three-pointers in a season still stands.
Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans at the start of her junior year. Schork led Loyola in scoring with 12.6 points per game, earning GCAC All-Conference honors and recognition as one of the best student athletes in the region while the Wolf Pack played an abbreviated schedule due to the storm and finished 9-5.
She accepted an extra year of eligibility in the wake of the Katrina-shortened season.
After graduating from Loyola with a mass communication degree, Schork earned a master's in education at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She is now the head basketball coach at Archbishop Chapelle High School.