Women's Basketball Continues Road Trip In Buffalo

Jan. 24, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Canisius Golden Griffins
Date Friday, January 27, 2012
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Buffalo, N.Y. | Koessler Athletic Center
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team makes the trip to Buffalo, N.Y., to play its third-straight road game against the Canisius College Golden Griffins on Friday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds have won two of their last three games, including recording their largest margin of victory of the season with a 14-point win at Manhattan.
  • Loyola has won four-straight games over the Golden Griffins including the last two in Buffalo. The Greyhounds defeated Canisius in overtime in the MAAC quarterfinals last season.

Scouting the Golden Griffins

  • Canisus enters Friday 8-11 overall and 2-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  • The Griffs have lost four-straight games, including a road loss at Iona last time out.
  • Jamie Ruttle leads the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game while grabbing 5.1 rebounds. Ruttle has registered double figures in 9 of the team’s last 13 games.
  • Ashley Durham leads the team in conference play, averaging 14.4 points per game. Ruttle ranks 9th in the country in free-throw percentage at 89.5-percent.
  • Canisius has no seniors on the roster this season for the first time since 2004-05.
  • The Golden Griffins were picked to finish sixth in the MAAC this season in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Series with Canisius

  • This marks the 52nd meeting all-time between the Golden Griffins and the Greyhounds, with Canisius holding a 26-25 advantage in the series.
  • The Greyhounds have won four-straight over Canisius, defeating the Golden Griffins three times last season, the last coming in overtime in the MAAC Championship quarterfinals.
  • Logan is 8-7 overall against Canisius, going 2-4 in Buffalo.
  • The Greyhounds are 8-14 all-time on the road at Canisius, but have won the last two meetings at Koessler Athletic Center.

Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • The Greyhounds are 183-180 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 63-53 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
  • Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
  • The Greyhounds are 81-136 on the road against the MAAC, including 29-29 under Logan.

Last Time They Met

  • Miriam McKenzie hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into overtime and the Greyhounds outscored Canisius 19-4 in overtime to defeat the Golden Griffins, 68-53, in the quarterfinals of the Spark Energy Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.
  • McKenzie finished with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds. 
  • Katie Sheahin notched 17 points, scoring five of the first seven in overtime to help Loyola take a 56-49 lead early in the extra session.
  • Jamie Ruttle had eight points for Canisius while Jen Morabito also tallied eight. The Griffs shots just 25.8-percent from the field in the game.

Up Next

  • The Greyhounds continue their trip in New York when they take on Niagara on Sunday, Jan. 29, at noon.

Last Time Out

  • The Greyhounds won for the seventh-straight time in Draddy Gymnaisum, defeating Manhattan, 59-45, on Sunday, Jan. 22.
  • The 14-point win was the largest margin of victory for the Greyhounds who shot a season-high 49-percent from the field while dishing out a season-best 19 assists.
  • Miriam McKenzie scored a career-high 25 points in the game while grabbing 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-double and the fourth for her this season.
  • Kara Marshall added 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while Katie Sheahin led the team with seven assists and six steals.

If The Greyhounds Win...

  • It would be the fifth-straight win for the Greyhounds over Canisius
  • Loyola would have three-straight wins at Koessler Athletic Center.
  • The Greyhounds would have won back-to-back games for the second time this season.
  • Loyola would have won three out of four games for the first time this year.

McKenzie Named MAAC Player of the Week

  • After averaging a double-double with 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, senior guard Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 22 for the first time this season and the fourth time in her career.
  • She is the second Greyhound to earn the honor this season, joining Katie Sheahin.
  • McKenzie had back-to-back double-doubles with 16 points and 12 rebounds at Marist, and followed that with a career-high 25 points and 10 boards at Manhattan.

Double Trouble

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin became the first set of Greyhound teammates to record a double-double in the same game at Marist on Jan. 20, 2012.
  • McKenzie finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Sheahin had 16 points and 11 boards.
  • McKenzie has had back-to-back double-doubles, after scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds at Manhattan.

She’s Back

  • Since missing three games prior to the New Year with an injury, senior guard Miriam McKenzie has scored in double figures in eight of the nine games, averaging 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47.4-percent from the floor. She also has three double-doubles in that stretch.
  • Overall, McKenzie has posted double figures in scoring in 13 of her 16 games this season and 10 of her last 11.

On Guard

  • Loyola’s guard trio of Kara Marshall, Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin have provided most of the offense for the Greyhounds this season, accounting for 692 of the team’s 1,074 (64.4-percent) total points.
  • The combo are the top-three on the team in scoring and steals, accounting for 137 of Loyola’s 198 steals (69.2-percent).
  • The three are averaging 38.9 points per game while shooting 38.7-percent from the floor.

Diaper Dandy

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in five of her last six games, averaging 14.0 points, 2.8 steals and 2.2 assists per game during that stretch.
  • Marshall also is shooting 43.3-percent from the floor and is coming off back-to-back 15-point performances at Marist and Manhattan

Welcome To The Club

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie became just the 4th player in Greyhound history to collect 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in her career.
  • McKenzie is the first player to accomplish the feat since Mary Anne Kirsch, who finished her career with 1,306 points and 899 rebounds in 1999.
  • McKenzie currently stands sixth all-time with 1,226 points and 11th all-time with 627 rebounds.
  • The senior has the potential to be just the fifth player in Loyola history to graduate in the top-10 in points and rebounding.

Not Your Average Joe

  • Head coach Joe Logan became the all-time winningest coach in Loyola women’s basketball history with a, 67-54, win at Siena on January 7, 2012.
  • Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins last season.

Stealing the Show

  • Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters action this week ranked 14th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.4 steals per game.
  • Sheahin has recorded a steal in 30-straight games and in 74 of her 77 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter’s
  • Sheahin notched her 61st multi-steal game against Manhattan when she had six. She has 14-straight multi-steal games
  • The Brookeville, Md., native set a career high with eight steals at Pittsburgh. It was the fifth time in her career that Sheahin had seven-plus steals in a game. She ranks first in Loyola history, averaging 3.1 steals per game and is third on the all-time career steals list with 234.

Dynamic Duo

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 19 games, with McKenzie leading the team at 15.2  points per game and Sheahinsecond at 14.4.
  • The pair are the only set of teammates to rank in the top-five in the conference in scoring. McKenzie ranks second and Sheahin ranks fifth.
  • Sheahin is also seventh in rebounds (6.4), seventh in assists (3.3), first in steals (3.4), seventh in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and fourth in blocks (1.1).
  • McKenzie is third in rebounds (8.2), fifth in field goal percentage (.457) and third in steals (2.3).

Sharing is Caring

  • The Greyhounds are averaging 14.4 assists per game in their seven wins, notching 14 or more assists in five of those victories. Loyola had a season-best 19 assists at Manhattan.
  • In the team’s losses, the Greyhounds are averaging 9.8 assists and 20.8 turnovers and did not eclipse the 14-assist mark once in those games.

Hot Streak

  • Junior Katie Sheahin has scored in double figures in nine of her last 11 games.
  • During that stretch, Sheahin is averaging 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks.

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