Dec. 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C - Head coach Joe Logan earned his 100th career victory as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team defeated George Washington, 70-62, on the road Sunday afternoon at the George E. Smith Center in Washington D.C.
The victory moved Logan to 100-93 in his career with the Greyhounds, tying him with Patty Coyle for the most all-time at Loyola.
Katie Sheahin led all scorers, matching a career high with 28 points, while Nicole Krusen notched a career-high 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Nneka Offodile also had a career day, setting new highs in points (11) and blocks (4).
Sheahin also finished with a game-high seven assists and added three steals, giving her 201 for her career and putting her alone in third-place on Loyola’s all-time career list. Alyssa Sutherland led the Greyhounds with nine rebounds.
It was the first win in program history for the Greyhounds (4-5) over the Colonials in 13 tries, while also giving Loyola its first road win of the season.
George Washington (5-5) was led by Tara Booker, who scored 12 points in the loss. Tiana Myers (11), Danni Jackson (11) and Shi-Heria Shipp (10) also notched double figures.
As a team, the Greyhounds had season highs in points (70) and 3-point field goals, connecting on 10 as a team. Krusen hit five for the second time this season, while Sheahin hit a season-best four.
Loyola outshot the Colonials 44.7-perent to 36.4-percent from the floor in the contest.The team also had 18 assists on 21 made field goals while shooting 75-percent (18-of-24) from the free-throw line in the game.
Loyola threw several different defensive looks at the Colonials, holding GW to 9-of-33 (27.3-percent) shooting in the first half, but the home side still held a 26-23 lead at the break. Offodile was the star in the paint, recording three blocks in the first half.
Sheahin accounted for almost all of Loyola’s points, scoring 12 of the team’s final 18 points of the half while assisting on the other two field goals.
The Greyhounds broke an 18-18 tie with a 5-0 spurt that gave Loyola the biggest lead for either team in the first half at 23-18 with 1:47 remaining. Sheahin drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing to break the tie, while Offodile capped the run with a layup off a great dish from Sheahin.
The Colonials reclaimed the lead with 31 seconds remaining on a jumper by Chakecia Miller that put the score at 24-23. GW finished the half on an 8-0 run, with four different players scoring to take a three point halftime lead.
The Greyhounds answered quickly to start the second half, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Krusen and Offodile on their first two possessions to take a 29-26 lead. Loyola would not trail the rest of the contest. Offodile’s trey was a desperation shot at the shot clock buzzer from the right corner that hit nothing but net for her first career 3-pointer.
The Greyhound lead fluctuated between one and six points until the 5:58 mark, when Krusen drilled her fourth 3-pointer of the half, hitting from deep on the left wing to give the Greyhounds’ their largest lead of the game at 51-44.
GW closed within three, scoring four-straight points with less than a minute to go, as Jackson hit a driving lay-up and Shipp stole the ensuing inbounds pass and finished with a two to put the Greyhound lead at 59-56 with 50 seconds to go.
Sheahin was fouled on the next inbounds’ play, and connected on both her attempts to put Loyola up five at 61-56with 49 ticks left on the clock.
Loyola was clutch at the free-throw line over the final two-plus minutes, hitting on 13 of their final 16 attempts from the charity stripe.
Booker hit a short jumper for the Colonials on the next possession, closing the Loyola lead to three with 37 seconds left.
Sheahin was once again fouled on the inbounds play. After making the first to give Loyola a four-point advantage, the Brookeville, Md., native missed the second, but grabbed the offensive rebound on her own miss and finished a difficult lay-up while getting fouled by Shipp to basically seal the victory. Sheahin converted on the free-throw attempt to make it a three possession game at 65-58 with less than 30 seconds to go.
Shipp got the Colonials within five on the next possession, but Sheahin and freshman Kara Marshall hit four-straight from the line for Loyola to close out the win for the Greyhounds.
Loyola returns to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, December 21, for a road game against preseason Patriot League favorite, American, at 7 p.m.