Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

It's individualized "on how they did, and whether it was good or whether they have to improve in certain parts", Schmidt said.

"Our team is so great and they don't care who makes the points as long as we win the game", Sr. After all, who doesn't love seeing underdog teams going deep into the tournament thanks to an upset or two?

A former basketball player before becoming a nun, she was once a grade school teacher and ran girls sports programs.

From the TNT broadcast: "The team found out that Sister Jean has a bracket, but she got Loyola-Chicago losing in the Sweet 16".

They were stopped so frequently by adoring fans on the sidewalk, it was almost impossible to make it more than a few steps before another one approached.

"I said we want to get the big "W" up there and we did", Smith told the network's reporter.

UMBC may have stolen the most attention from the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but Loyola became the early talk of Saturday's games by advancing to the Sweet 16 with another dramatic finish.

"For her to be doing what she's doing at her age, it's fantastic, and it's inspiring", guard Clayton Custer said. "She just has so much spirit". Despite being 98 years old, she makes it a point to attend as many home games as possible and was committed to traveling to Dallas, Texas, where the team began its NCAA tournament journey. But that's what people tell me, but we have God on our side. Take a look at some of the best reactions to Loyola's team chaplain. "The way she prays for us, the way she smiles".

"She's like another coach", senior Donte Ingram told SB Nation.

A religious sister who is the longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team credited the pregame prayer and the players' solid teamwork for the Ramblers' thrilling, last-second 64-62 win over the University of Miami in the NCAA Tournament on March 15. "The first game (as a freshman), it caught me off guard".

In an interview via Skype with the entertainment program, she deflected praise and lauded the team: "I think the stardom rests with the coach and with the team".

College basketball fans, no matter which team they like, apparently can't get enough of Smith, either.

Loyola plays in Atlanta next Thursday night against No. 7 seed Nevada (29-7), whose 75-73 second-round game win over No. 2 seed Cincinnati was Sunday night. He also discussed other teams still left in the "Big Dance" along with the conclusion of the IHSA title games in Peoria this past weekend.

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