Oct. 21, 2013
Kalis Loyd, the leading scorer in Lamar women's basketball history, has made an immediate impact in her first year of pro basketball.
Loyd is averaging 19.3 points per game over her first three contests in the Romanian Domestic League, helping her team, SF Gheorghe, commonly called Sepsi, to get off to a 2-1 start.
"There's a bit of a language barrier, but I'm picking up things with no problem," Loyd said by email.
Loyd is the team's leading scorer, and is averaging 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
"I'm playing the shooting guard/wing position, which suits me well," Loyd said. "I also have the role of defensive stopper, which I staking some getting used to. We have a lot of plays, but my role is more to shoot than to create, so that's really nice."
Loyd, who finished her Lamar career with 1,967 points, and is the only player on the school's top-10 lists for points, rebounds, assists and steals, believes the level of play in the pros is a step up from the Southland Conference. In addition, she said the Americans in the league have to adapt to the way traveling is called.
"Fortunately, with my prior European experience, I haven't had any problems," she said.
One of the things Loyd has to get used to is the accommodations on the road.
"We have a nice bus to travel in, but the hotel standard is definitely nothing that I am used to," she wrote. "I was spoiled in my college years for sure."
For more information on Loyd's team, click here. More information on the league is available here.