CHICAGO (November 25, 2019) – Loyola University Chicago freshman guard >Sam Galanopoulos (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, it was announced on Monday by the league office.  This marks the first weekly league honor of Galanopoulos’ career.

Galanopoulos averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and a team-best 5.5 assists as Loyola picked up a pair of road wins over Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opponents this past week.

In last Tuesday’s emphatic 98-53 victory over Chicago State, the 5-foot-8 guard flirted with only the second triple-double in program history, finishing with 13 points (6-9 FGs, 1-2 3FGs), eight rebounds, and eight assists, all season-high marks.  Galanopoulos again reached double figures in scoring just three days later, adding 10 points (1-8 FGs, 8-9 FTs), five rebounds, and three assists in a thrilling 72-67 double-overtime win at Kansas City.

Galanopoulos is averaging 6.2 points across her five appearances this season.  The Niles, Ill. native currently leads all MVC freshmen in assists, handing out 3.6 helpers per game to rank eighth overall in the conference.

Currently sitting at 5-0 on the year, Loyola will be back in action on Sunday, December 1 when it concludes a season-long four-game road trip against Portland at 4 p.m. (CT) in Portland, Ore.

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