Loyola probes allegations of player abuse in women’s hoops

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CHICAGO — Loyola University says it plans to seek an independent investigation of its women’s basketball program after allegations of player mistreatment surfaced involving the team coached by Sheryl Swoopes.

Deputy director of athletics Jermaine Truax says in a statement released Friday night that the allegations are “more than concerning.” Truax added that Swoopes is aware of the investigation and “will fully cooperate.”

Team spokesman Leo Krause says 10 players from this season’s squad have either been granted or asked for release to transfer. Swoopes has been coach at the private Chicago university for three seasons. Her teams have gone a combined 31-62.

Swoopes was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this month. She was the first player signed by the WNBA and won three Olympic gold medals.