Women's Basketball Finishes Road Trip At Niagara

Jan. 28, 2012

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Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Niagara University, N.Y. |Gallagher Center
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team wraps-up its four-game road trip at Niagara University on Sunday at noon in Niagara University, N.Y.
  • The Greyhounds are 1-2 on the road trip after losing to Canisius, 65-55, on Friday.
  • Niagara defeated Loyola, 54-51, in the first meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 2.
  • The Greyhounds have won three of the last four meetings between the two squads, including a 55-44 win at the Gallagher Center last season.

Scouting the Purple Eagles

  • Niagara enters Sunday’s game 7-14 overall and 4-5 in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles have won two of their last three games, including a 69-53 win over Rider on Friday.
  • The 16-point victory for Niagara was its largest win in MAAC play since beating Rider, 71-51, on Jan. 12, 2007.
  • Kayla Stroman is the only Purple Eagle averaging double figures at 10.1 points per game. She had 19 points the first time the teams met at Reitz Arena earlier this season.
  • Niagara is 4-3 at the Gallagher Center this season, going 2-1 in conference games.
  • The Purple Eagles rank third in the MAAC in conference games in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 37.4-percent shooting from the floor.

Series with Niagara

  • This marks the 48th meeting all-time between the Purple Eagles and the Greyhounds including Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament games.
  • Loyola is 32-15 all-time against Niagara and 29-15 during the regular-season
  • Loyola has won three of the last four meetings with the Purple Eagles with Niagara defeating the Greyhounds in the first matchup this season at Reitz Arena. Niagara has won three of the last four at the Gallagher Center.
  • Head Coach Joe Logan is 9-4 in his career against Niagara, going 3-3 at on the road

Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • The Greyhounds are 183-181 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 63-54 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
  • Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
  • The Greyhounds are 81-137 on the road against the MAAC, including 29-30 under Logan.

Last Time They Met

  • The Greyhounds trimmed a 10-point deficit to two in the final two minutes but fell short in the team’s MAAC opener against Niagara on Jan. 2., losing 57-54 to the Purple Eagles.
  • Kayla Stroman scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the second half. 
  • Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 16 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the game while Miriam McKenzie added 11. Alyssa Sutherland had a career-high six assists.
  • Loyola had the ball with a chance to tie in the final minute of the game, but a five-second violation gave the ball back to the Purple Eagles. Niagara iced the game with free throws down the stretch.
  • Loyola was hurt by turnovers, committing 24 in the game.

Up Next

  • The Greyhounds return home to begin a four-game homestand against Canisius on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

Last Time Out

  • Canisius shot 46.9-percent from the field while holding Loyola to 31.3-percent shooting as the Golden Griffins defeated the Greyhounds, 65-55, on Friday night.
  • Ashley Wilkes had a career-high 19 points to lead Canisius.
  • Kara Marshall scored a career-high 21 points for Loyola while Katie Sheahin added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. 
  • Alyssa Sutherland had a career-high six steals for Loyola, which had 17 steals as a team.
  • The Greyhounds jumped out to a 13-4 lead, but a 15-0 run by Canisius from the five-minute mark of the first half until the 18-minute mark of the second half gave the Griffs a double-digit lead that Loyola could not recorver from.

If The Greyhounds Win...

  • Loyola would have won four of the last five games with Niagara.
  • The Greyhounds would have own back-to-back games at the Gallagher Center.
  • Loyola would finish its four-game road trip 2-2.
  • Head coach Joe Logan would move to 31-17 in MAAC rematches during the season.

Second Time Around

  • Head coach Joe Logan is 30-17 (.638) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 2-0 this year with wins over Siena and Manhattan.

Diaper Dandy

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in six of her last seven games, averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 steals and 2.1 assists per game during that stretch.
  • Marshall also is shooting 43.4-percent from the field and 80-percent from the free-throw line during that stretch, and scored a career-high 21 points at Canisius

McKenzie Named MAAC, ECAC and JBS 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, ECAC and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 22.
  • 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.

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 731 of the team’s 1,129 (64.7-percent) total points.
  • The combo are the top-three on the team in scoring and steals, accounting for 147 of Loyola’s 215 steals (68.4-percent).
  • The three are averaging 38.8 points per game while shooting 38.1-percent from the floor.

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 1,255 points and 11th all-time with 634 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.

It’s a Block Party

  • Katie Sheahin has had three blocks three times this season, the last time coming at Canisius.
  • She ranks fifth all-time at Loyola with 85 career blocks and is one of the top guards in the country at 1.2 blocks per game. She currently ranks fourth in the MAAC.

Stealing the Show

  • Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters action Sunday ranked 10th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.6 steals per game.
  • Sheahin has recorded a steal in 31-straight games and in 75 of her 78 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter’s
  • Sheahin notched her 62nd multi-steal game against Canisius when she had six. She has 15-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 240.

Dynamic Duo

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 20 games, with McKenzie leading the team at 14.5  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 fourth and Sheahin ranks fifth.
  • Sheahin is also eighth in rebounds (6.4), seventh in assists (3.4), first in steals (3.6), seventh in 3-point field goals made (1.8) and fourth in blocks (1.2).
  • McKenzie is third in rebounds (8.1), eighth in field goal percentage (.433) and fourth in steals (2.1).

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 10.0 assists and 20.4 turnovers and did not eclipse the 14-assist mark once in those games.

Hot Streak

  • Junior Katie Sheahin has scored in double figures in ten of her last 12 games.
  • During that stretch, Sheahin is averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.4 blocks.

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