Orlosky returns home as Irish take on Loyola Atholton grad leads Notre Dame scorers

December 19, 1992|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

This weekend will be a homecoming for University of Notre Dame junior Sherri Orlosky.

Orlosky, who played four years of basketball and volleyball for Atholton High School, will return to the area today as Notre Dame's basketball team plays at Loyola at 3 p.m.

Last year when the Fighting Irish played host to the Greyhounds, Orlosky had the best performance of her career, scoring 27 points (12-for-19 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range).

And from the way she has started this season, a repeat performance isn't out of the question.

Orlosky enters today's contest leading the Irish (2-2) in scoring with 13.5 points and in shooting (42 percent).

"She's got a great shot and great form," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "She's the best shooter we have."

In addition to her accuracy from the field (41.9 percent career average), Orlosky has increased her range, improving on her three-point shot.

"She's made some refinements to her game," McGraw said. "Her rebounding and ball-handling have also improved."

Orlosky hopes to show some of those improvements against Loyola (3-3).

"There is a little incentive to play against a hometown team," Orlosky said. "It's nice to come home and play and see what you've been a part of and what you've been working for."

Orlosky finished her career at Atholton as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,339 points) and rebounder (1,124). She was a two-time Player of the Year selection by The Sun in basketball.

Orlosky was awarded a full scholarship to Notre Dame, and contributed 100 points as a freshman.

"Initially it was a very tough decision because I love both volleyball and basketball, but in the end I decided to play basketball for Notre Dame," Orlosky said.

Notre Dame is coming off a 14-17 season in which it won the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. The Irish fell in the first round to UCLA.

Off the court, Orlosky is an accounting major who has aspirations of working at a top firm after graduation.

"She's almost a 4.0 student," McGraw said. "She's very competitive and intense in practice, she's a great role model for our team and she still has a bit of fun."

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