Jewell Loyd

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Jewell Loyd
Jewell Loyd All-American cropped.jpg
No. 24 – Seattle Storm
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-10-05) October 5, 1993 (age 25)
Lincolnwood, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 148 lb (67 kg)
Career information
High school Niles West (Skokie, Illinois)
College Notre Dame (2012–2015)
WNBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Seattle Storm
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–present Seattle Storm
2015–2016 Galatasaray
2016–2017 Shanxi Flame
2017–2018 Guri KDB Life Winnus
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Jewell Loyd (born October 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted first overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. She played college basketball at Notre Dame.

Born in Lincolnwood, Illinois, Loyd was a four-year starter for Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, where she averaged 24.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game and scored 3,077 career points, leading the team to a 93-31 record during that time.

In her final season for Notre Dame, she was named ESPN's women's college basketball player of the year as the Fighting Irish advanced to the NCAA championship game for the second year in a row. Loyd scored 1,909 points in her college career, Notre Dame's fifth-highest total ever.[1]

Notre Dame statistics[edit]

Source[2]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Notre Dame 36 450 44.7 41.3 82.0 5.2 2.1 1.0 0.3 12.5
2013–14 Notre Dame 37 687 51.7 39.8 80.8 6.5 2.1 1.6 0.5 18.6
2014–15 Notre Dame 39 772 44.3 30.8 82.6 5.3 3.0 1.5 0.4 19.8
Career Notre Dame 112 1909 47.0 36.7 81.9 5.7 2.4 1.4 0.4 17.0

Professional career[edit]

WNBA[edit]

Loyd was drafted first overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. She would play alongside superstar veteran point guard Sue Bird. Loyd played the point guard position prior to her WNBA career, but with Bird already playing point guard for the Storm, Loyd would instead play the shooting guard. Loyd was also a back-up point guard in her rookie season for the Storm. While Bird sat out the final seven games of the regular season to rest, Loyd was the starting point guard.[3][4] Loyd played 34 games with 23 starts in her rookie season for the Storm. Her season performance would earn her the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, while averaging 10.7 ppg.

In her second season, Loyd developed into a star player and was the starting shooting guard for the Storm, averaging 16.5 ppg. During the season, Loyd scored a career-high 32 points in a win against the Phoenix Mercury. Loyd was also named to the All-WNBA Second Team. The Storm made it back to the playoffs for the first time in three years with the number 7 seed in the league. In her first career playoff game, Loyd scored 24 points in a 94-85 loss to the Atlanta Dream in the first round elimination game.[5]

In the 2017 season, Loyd's offensive scoring numbers increased. She scored a new career-high of 33 points in a 75-71 loss to the Phoenix Mercury.[6] By the end of the season, Loyd averaged a career-high 17.7 ppg. The Storm finished off the season as the number 8 seed in the league with a 15-19 record. The Storm were defeated 79-69 by the Phoenix Mercury in the first round elimination game, Loyd scored 17 points in the loss.

On July 20, 2018, Loyd scored a season-high 31 points in a 78-65 victory against the Connecticut Sun.[7] In the 2018 season, Loyd was voted into the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her first career all-star appearance. Loyd would finish off the season, averaging 15.5 ppg as the Storm finished 26-8 with the number 1 seed in the league, receiving a double-bye to the semi-finals and homecourt advantage. In the semi-finals, the Storm would defeat the Phoenix Mercury in five games, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2010. In the Finals, the Storm would defeat the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep, winning their first championship in 8 years.

Overseas[edit]

After her rookie season, Loyd played for Galatasaray in Turkey during the 2015-16 off-season. She averaged 14.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.3 apg in 17 games. As of August 2016, Loyd signed with the Shanxi Flame of the Chinese League for the 2016-17 off-season.[8] In 2017, Loyd signed with Guri KDB Life Winnus of the Korean League for the 2017-18 off-season.[9]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader
Denotes seasons in which Loyd won a WNBA championship
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2015 Seattle 34 23 25.9 .411 .208 .904 3.5 1.9 0.5 0.2 2.0 10.7
2016 Seattle 34 34 31.6 .431 .303 .891 3.4 3.4 1.2 0.2 2.2 16.5
2017 Seattle 34 34 31.1 .431 .386 .863 3.4 3.4 1.2 0.3 2.5 17.7
2018 Seattle 34 34 29.7 .423 .370 .851 4.6 3.7 1.2 0.1 1.9 15.5
Career 4 years, 1 team 136 125 29.6 .425 .341 .877 3.7 3.1 1.1 0.2 2.2 15.1

Postseason[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2016 Seattle 1 1 33.1 .444 .333 .833 4.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 24.0
2017 Seattle 1 1 30.7 .286 .333 1.000 5.0 1.0 3.0 0.0 2.0 17.0
2018 Seattle 8 8 30.7 .378 .241 .759 5.0 3.3 0.7 0.3 1.8 12.1
Career 3 years, 1 team 10 10 31.4 .377 .273 .810 4.9 2.9 0.9 0.3 1.7 13.8

Awards and honors[edit]

WNBA Champion 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jewell Loyd". Retrieved 22 Apr 2015.
  2. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 25 Sep 2015.
  3. ^ "Storm get Shell-Shocked, lose 85-67". Sonics Rising. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ "Storm guard Jewell Loyd intends to play without fear in her 2nd WNBA season". The Seattle Times. 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  5. ^ 2016 WNBA Playoffs: Dream advance with 94-85 win over Storm
  6. ^ "Mercury keeps Sue Bird from breaking assist mark, beats Storm". The Seattle Times. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  7. ^ Jewell Loyd scores 31 points to lead Storm to victory at Connecticut
  8. ^ "2016-2017 WNBA Overseas Signings - Women's Basketball 24.7". Women's Basketball 24.7. 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  9. ^ WNBA Players Playing Overseas
  10. ^ "Storm's Jewell Loyd Headlines 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team". http://www.wnba.com/. September 24, 2015. Retrieved 25 Sep 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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