Zag women add Loyola University Chicago transfer Abby O’Connor
SPOKANE, Wash. – Abby O’Connor, a transfer from Loyola University Chicago, signed a financial aid agreement at Gonzaga University and will join the women’s basketball team. She will be eligible for the 2021-22 season after sitting out the upcoming season due to current NCAA transfer rules. O’Connor will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“Abby is a great fit for our program, and she will play an important role for us,” head women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. “She is very versatile and can stretch the defense at the forward and dominate inside as a guard. She is a very good shooter who finishes well from the paint, midrange and three-point line. She is also a really good student and will bring additional maturity to our team in two years. Abby is going to be a really good addition to our team. We are so happy to welcome her to the Zag Family.”
In her first three seasons at Loyola Chicago, O’Connor averaged 12.5 points per game shooting 40.6 percent from the floor and 34.5 percent from long range. She added 7.0 rebounds per contest, 1.5 assists per game and 0.7 steals, and she has led the Ramblers in scoring, rebounding and blocks each of the last two seasons. She is a four-time all-league performer, earning First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference and All-Defensive honors in 2018-19, honorable mention honors in 2019-20 and was selected to the MVC All-Freshman team in 2017-18.
The South Bend, Ind., native became the 25th player in Rambler history to surpass 1,000 career points this past February. She is one of two players in program history to have eclipsed 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 100 career blocks. Among the MVC, O’Connor ranked 13th in scoring, fifth in rebounding and 11th in blocked shots during the 2019-20 campaign.
Prior to her collegiate debut during the 2017-18 season, O’Connor led Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind., to a 3A State Championship, picking up Second-Team All-Northern Indianan Athletic Conference (NIAC) honors along the way. She also picked up Honorable-Mention All-State honors her senior year. O’Connor, a two-time Northern Indiana All-Star averaged 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds during her high school career.
“I chose Gonzaga because it is a great academic school where I will be able to further my degree and be part of a great basketball program under Coach Fortier and her staff,” O’Connor said. “I am excited for Gonzaga to help me grow as a person and leader while preparing me for my future on and off the court.”