Jan. 31, 2012
|Opponent||Canisius Golden Griffins|
|Date||Thursday, February 2, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md.|Reitz Arena|
|Online Media||Free Video|Free Audio|Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team returns home after playing four-straight on the road to take on the Canisius College Golden Griffins on Thursday at 7 p.m.
- Loyola finished its four-game road trip with a 2-2 record and is 3-3 over its last six games.
- This is the second meeting between the Greyhounds and the Golden Griffins in the last six days. Canisius defeated Loyola, 65-55, in Buffalo on Friday, Jan. 27, snapping a four-game losing sreak in the all-time series.
Scouting the Golden Griffins
- Canisus has won back-to-back entering Thursday’s matchup after sweeping Loyola and Rider last weekend. The Golden Griffins are tied with the Greyhounds and three other teams in fifth-place in the MAAC standings.
- The Golden Griffins are 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the MAAC.
- Jamie Ruttle leads the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game while grabbing 5.2 rebounds. Ruttle was the 2010-11 MAAC Rookie of the Year.
- 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 53rd meeting all-time between the Golden Griffins and the Greyhounds, with Canisius holding a 27-25 advantage in the series.
- Canisius snapped a four-game winning streak for the Greyhounds in the all-time series when they defeated Loyola, 65-55, six days ago at Koessler Athletic Center.
- Loyola is 11-11 all-time at home against Canisius, with the team’s splitting the last four games at Reitz Arena.
- Logan is 8-8 overall against Canisius, with a 3-3 record at home.
Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- The Greyhounds are 184-181 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 64-54 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
- Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
- The Greyhounds are 107-56 at home against the MAAC, including 34-24 under Logan.
Last Time They Met
- 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.
- The Greyhounds play their second of four-straight at home when they welcome Rider on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
- The Greyhounds went on a 21-3 run over the final 7:38 of the game to take home a, 68-48, win at Niagara on Sunday.
- Loyola led by only two points with under eight minutes to go, but limited the Purple Eagles to just one field goal for the remainder of the game to notch its first 20-point victory in almost a year.
- Kara Marshall and Alyssa Sutherland each registered career-highs as four Greyhounds scored in double figures. Marshall had 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting, while Sutherland had 18 points on six-of-nine shooting.
If The Greyhounds Win...
- Loyola would have back-to-back wins for the second time this season and the first time since defeating Howard on Nov. 27 and Army on Dec. 3.
- The Greyhounds would have won five of the last six against the Golden Griffins, including the last two at Reitz Arena.
- Loyola would improve to 2-3 at home in MAAC games this season.
Second Time Around
- Head coach Joe Logan is 31-17 (.646) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 3-0 this year with wins over Siena, Manhattan and Niagara.
Marshall Named MAAC Rookie of the Week
- Freshman guard Kara Marshall was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second time this year on Jan. 30 after averaging 21.5 points an 2.5 steals per game against Canisius and Niagara.
- Marshall scored a career-best 21 points against Canisius and followed that with 22 points the next game at Niagara on eight-of-12 shooting.
- Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in seven of her last eight games.
- Marshall is averaging 15.9 points on 46.6-percent shooting while hitting 38.5-percent of her 3-point attempts over the last eight games.
- Marshall ranks eighth in the MAAC in conference games at 13.5 points per game.
- Overall, she ranks first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.0 per game) and second in scoring (10.3 points per game), free-throw percentage (78.3-percent) and 3-point field goals made (1.5).
Stealing the Show
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin is just five steals away from breaking Loyola’s all-time career steals record. She enters this week second on the list with 246 career steals.
- The junior has 77 steals this season, the second-most in a single season in Loyola history. Sheahin owns the single-season school record of 118 steals set in 2010-11.
- Sheahin is currently ranked sixth in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.7 steals per game this season.
- The junior has recorded a steal in 32-straight games and in 76 of her 79 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter’s
- Sheahin notched her 63rd multi-steal game against Niagara when she had six. She has 16-straight multi-steal games
Career Day For Sutherland
- Junior forward Alyssa Sutherland had a career game at Niagara, scoring a career-high 18 points on six-of-nine shooting while hitting all five of her free-throw attempts.
- Sutherland also grabbing seven rebounds and handed out five assists.
Countdown to 1,0000
- Sheahin enters Thursday night’s game against Canisius with 956 career points, just 44 away from become the 20th player in Loyola history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
- Loyola ranks first in the MAAC in conference games at 12.3 steals per game as a team.
- Three Greyhounds rank in the top four of the conference in steals, including Katie Sheahin (1st at 3.7), Alyssa Sutherland (2nd at 3.0) and Kara Marshall (4th at 2.5).
- 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 774 of the team’s 1,1197 (64.7-percent) total points.
- The combo are the top-three on the team in scoring and steals, accounting for 156 of Loyola’s 225 steals (69.3-percent).
- The three are averaging 38.9 points per game while shooting 38.4-percent from the floor.
- 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.
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 1,265 points and 11th all-time with 641 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 1.1 blocks per game. She currently ranks fifth in the MAAC.
- Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 21 games, with McKenzie leading the team at 14.3 points per game and Sheahinsecond at 14.2.
- 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 (6.3), seventh in assists (3.3), first in steals (3.7), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.7) and fifth in blocks (1.1).
- McKenzie is third in rebounds (8.1) and fourth in steals (2.1).
Sharing is Caring
- The Greyhounds are averaging 14.9 assists per game in their eight wins, notching 14 or more assists in six 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.
Can’t Make it to the Game?
- Beginning this season, Loyola University Maryland will offer free video of most home athletic events for the 2011-12 season.
- Loyola will partner with Stretch Internet to provide the content. The department also will continue to offer free audio of games, and it will provide live stats through the Stretch Internet portal.
- Loyola games that are being broadcast will be available on a variety of smart phones.
- Loyola will broadcast all non-televised home men’s and women’s basketball contests.
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