Women's Basketball Closes Out First Half Of Patriot League Play

Jan. 28, 2014

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Opponent College of the Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the final game of the first half of Patriot League play. 
• The Greyhounds will host College of the Holy Cross for the first time in program history on Wednesday, Jan. 29, for a 7 p.m. matchup.
• Loyola looks to record its first home victory since defeating the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 21, 56-49. 
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 61-54 victory over Colgate on Saturday, Jan. 25, where the team scored 60-plus points for the third-consecutive contest. 
• Following Saturday’s road win freshman Lisa Mirarchi was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her performances against Bucknell and Colgate. The honor was the second for Mirarchi. 

Series with Holy Cross
• Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the first time as Patriot League foes and the third time overall when the teams meet in Reitz Arena on Wednesday.
• The teams have not played in 15 years and split the previous two meetings.
• In the last meeting, Loyola grabbed a 64-57 decision at the First Union Hawk Classic on Dec. 28, 1999. Nine years earlier the Crusaders won the first meeting between the two teams, 82-50. 

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola opens the second half of Patriot League play with a trip to West Point, N.Y., to face the United States Military Academy on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Last Game Out
•Throughout the entire second half Loyola refused to relinquish its lead defeating Colgate, 61-54, from Hamilton, N.Y., Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds improved to 5-14 on the season and 2-6 in the Patriot League. 
Nai Brown scored a game-high 23 points, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett recorded her second-career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points, leading the team with five assists.
• For the second game in a row, Loyola led at the break after shooting 40-percent or better for the majority of the half. The Greyhounds kept the Raiders scoreless for more than seven minutes, taking advantage of the time and scoring 11-unanswered points, 23-17. Brown and Padgett attributed for all 11 points during that time, six and five, respectively.
• In the final two and a half minutes, Colgate got within five points on two separate occasions, but Loyola shot 100-percent from inside the arc for the remainder of the game and pulled out the seven-point margin of victory over the Raiders.
• Loyola forced a game-high 14 turnovers, helping the team to 15 points off the Raiders’ misfortunes. Comparatively, Colgate only scored nine points off turnovers.
• The Greyhounds outrebounded Colgate, 40-34, grabbing nearly 30 defensive boards in 40 minutes.  Sophomore Brittany Butler grabbed a career-high five rebounds, four alone in the first half.

Double Trouble
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett became the first Greyhound to record a double-double in 2014 Patriot League action.
• The Laurel, Md., native matched a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday’s victory over Colgate. She tied a career-high shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Padgett also led the team in steals (3). 
• The duo of Nneka Offodile and Nai Brown were last Greyhounds to record a double-double, as the pair conquered the feat on Saturday, Dec. 21, against the UMBC Retrievers. 

This Girl Is On Fire
• Freshman guard Lisa Mirarchi was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the League office announced Monday.
• Mirarchi has scored in double figures in five consecutive matchups, including this past week against Bucknell and Colgate. She led the team in scoring on Wednesday, tallying 16 points against the Bison. She made 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
• Three days later, Mirarchi led the Greyhounds to a 61-54 victory over Colgate. The rookie guard scored 10 points, while contributing five assists for the third-consecutive contest.
• The West Chester, Pa., native ranks third among the league in free-throw percentage, hitting 87-percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. She is also tied for eighth in steals with teammate Tiffany Padgett .
• Mirarchi earned her first Patriot League honor after making the first start of her collegiate career in a 72-62 victory over Howard University on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

Turnover Trends
• Since starting Patriot League action in January, and excluding the Lehigh game, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 13.9 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate. 
• In seven of the last eight league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in three matchups this year.

Take It To The Basket
Nai Brown recorded her 16th double-figure score on Saturday, after posting a career-high 28 points against the Boston University Terriers last week. 
• The junior has recorded three or more field goals in 19-straight contests, after averaging only 2.6 points in 7.5 minutes of action last season.
• She ranks fifth among the league in points, averaging 16.0 points per game. Brown has scored 20-plus points in six games this season. 

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 4-1 when shooting more free throws than their opponent. 
• In a 70-64 victory over Lehigh University on Saturday, Jan. 11, Loyola shot a season-high 83-percent from the charity stripe. 
• The Greyhounds are averaging 17 free throws per contest this season. 
• In program history, freshman Lisa Mirarchi and senior Nicole Krusen have left their mark at the charity stripe. The two guards are ranked first and fourth, respectively, in free-throw percentage. 

Mirarchi On The National List
• Not only does freshman Lisa Mirarchi hold the program record for best free-throw percentage at Loyola, she has also made her way onto the national stage. 
• She enters this week ranked among the top-30 nationally among all Division I women’s basketball players.
• Mirarchi is one of three players from the Patriot League to sit among the nations top-50 free-throw percentage shooters. 

Continued Action From The Charity Stripe
• Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 34 times against UMBC on Dec. 21, 2013, and Nai Brown took 20 of the 34 attempts.
• Her 20 free throw attempts are second most in school single-game history, four shy of tying the March 4, 1990, mark set by Patty Stoffey against Saint Peter’s.
• Brown made 13 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for eighth in single-game history. Stoffey holds that record, as well, with 18.
• Her performance from the line contributed to 13 of her 23 points against the Retrievers. Following the career and program record performance, Brown was named to the Patriot League’s Honorable Mention weekly list. 

Glass Half Full
• Senior Nneka Offodile has not had a recording-breaking career performance recently, but her small victories are filling up the stat sheet and proving beneficial to the Greyhounds.
• On January 15 versus Lafayette, she tied a career-high four steals against the Leopards. In three of the last five games Offodile has led the team in thefts.
• In the last eight games, the senior forward has lent a helping hand on one or more occasions and continues to build up her blocks count, rising on the career-blocks chart in Loyola history.

A Story of Comebacks
• On Sunday, Dec. 1, Loyola overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Saint Peter’s University, 66-65, in non-conference action. 
• The last time the Greyhounds overcame a 10-plus point deficit came against the Peacocks on January 6, 2013, when Loyola defeated Saint Peter’s, 56-47, in Reitz Arena. The last 14-plus point deficit was on February 25, 2011, when Loyola defeated Iona College in overtime in New Rochelle, N.Y. 
• Twenty days later, the Greyhounds overcame an even greater deficit, 15-points to be exact, to win their final non-conference matchup at home, 56-49, against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Close Calls
• Eight of Loyola’s 19 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those eight contests, the Greyhounds have come out victorious on three occasions, most recently defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 70-64, from Stabler Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

Action From The Floor
• In four of Loyola’s five victories, the Greyhounds shot 40-percent or better from the floor. In the third win on Dec. 21, 2013, Loyola recorded a .315 (17-54) field-goal percentage when defeating the UMBC Retrievers.  
• Comparatively, 11 of Loyola’s 14 loses have seen field goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-6 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-216 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-48 overall record on the home hardwood.

Offodile On The Blocked Shots List
• In addition to leading the 2012-13 squad in blocked shots, senior Nneka Offodile is leaving her mark on the program’s all-time blocked shots list. 
• The 6-0-foot forward is currently ranked 8th all-time with 79 stops and is three blocks away from passing Erica Rath (‘77-’01), who recorded 81 during her time in the green and grey uniform. 

Strong Non-Conference Action
• Four of Loyola’s 11 non-conference games will be against teams that qualified for postseason play last season, including one NCAA Tournament team. 
• The University of Maryland has qualified for 10-straight postseasons after going 26-8 last year and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2013.
• The University of Hartford made it to the first round of the WNIT last season, qualifying for postseason play for the ninth consecutive year.
• East Carolina University made its second appearance in the WNIT, after going 22-9 last season. 
• The 2013 season marked the second-consecutive year Howard University played in the postseason, getting invited to participate in the Women’s Basketball Invitational in Philadelphia. The Bison held a 20-11 overall record in 2012-13, but dropped the MEAC Championship title game to the No. 1 seed Hampton Pirates.

Sheahin Signs Overseas
Katie Sheahin, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in Germany’s Division I League for the Giro Live Panthers. 
• A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sheahin will play in the top basketball league in Germany. Last year, the team went 16-13-1 and made it to the semifinals of the league playoff.
• Sheahin joins Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente, Vika Sholokhova, Siobhan Prior and current Greyhound assistant coach Jill Glessner as players coached by Joe Logan who have continued their basketball careers professionally.

The Baltimore 500
• Women’s basketball is six wins away from joining men’s basketball and men’s soccer in earning 500-program wins in their respective sport. 
• This excludes Loyola programs that do not record a traditional head-to-head overall record.   

Welcome the Class of 2018
• Head Coach Joe Logan and the Loyola women’s basketball team announced the addition of five high school seniors to the class of 2018. 
• Forwards Karley Kolberg (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah), Madelene McDonald (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Carly Monzo (Flourtown, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) along with guards Bri Betz-White (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and CaLee Gelbaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) will join the 2014-15 roster next fall.

Book Worms
• The Loyola women’s basketball team recorded a 100-percent graduation success rate score, according to the NCAA graduation success rate numbers that were published in the fall. 
• Women’s basketball was one of eight Loyola programs to record a perfect score, as the Greyhounds achieved a 95-percent cumulative graduation rate for all sports for the 2003-2006 cohorts that make up this year’s report. That rate is tied for 20th among the 346 NCAA Division I schools included in the report.

Can’t Make It To The Game...No Worries
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• All of Loyola’s home games, and conference road contests, will be streamed live and for free of charge on the network. 
• No log-in or subscription is required, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at

What’s Missing
• The Greyhounds lost Katie Sheahin, Alyssa Sutherland and Candice Walker to expired eligibility. 
• Sheahin ended her career as the all-time leader in steals in Greyhound history with 347 thefts. The two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year left as Loyola’s third-leading scorer of all-time with 1,513 points. She also has the most minutes played in Loyola history with 3,980 minutes.  
• Sutherland finished with the most games started in Loyola history with 100. She also ranked fifth in steals at 195, and second in minutes played with 3,518.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his ninth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 126-137 career record. He has led Loyola to two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• With a 67-54 win at Siena College on January 7, 2012, Logan picked up his 101st win to become Loyola’s winningest coach by all-time wins. 
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record best 21 wins in 2010-11.