Western New York Road Swing For Women's Basketball

Feb. 5, 2013

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Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time 11 a.m.
Location Niagara University, N.Y. | Gallagher Center
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The Greyhounds
• All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while seven have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 285 points, 59 assists, and 48 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 172 points, and leading the team with 111 rebounds. 
• Junior Nneka Offodile leads the team from the floor, shooting a team-high 46 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from the charity stripe, making 92 percent of her shots from the line. The junior leads the program shooting 88 percent at the free-throw line.
• Loyola boasts a 8-2 record when outshooting its foe .
• When holding opponents to less than 60 points, the Greyhounds are 8-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola is tied for eighth in defensive rebounding, recording 332 boards in nine games, an average of 36.9 per game. The Greyhounds are tied with the Niagara Purple Eagles. 
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 37 percent from the floor, and 28 percent from behind the arc. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC pre-season coaches poll. 

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds won three of their four games during the two week home stretch, as Loyola defeated the Siena College Saints, 53-37, in Reitz Arena Saturday afternoon. 
• Going into Saturday’s matchup, the Saints had the third ranked scoring offense in the MAAC, but the Greyhounds held Siena to only 37 points, scoring zero field-goals in the final ten minutes. For the Saints, the final four points were made off free-throws, in the remaining ten minutes. 
Alyssa Sutherland was one point away from recording her second double-double, scoring nine points and ten rebounds. Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, recording 12 points, but it was a balanced scoring effort that helped Loyola defeat the Siena College Saints. 
Tiffany Padgett scored nine points, connecting on one shot from behind the arc. The rookie center has made four three-point field goals in her first season, including two against the Siena Saints. 
• Sheahin grabbed a season-high nine rebounds twice this season, once on Saturday against the Saints, and the week before against the Purple Eagles. 
Nicole Krusen scored nine points connecting on three shots from downtown. The junior guard also matched her career-high three assists, with the last occurring at George Washington December 18, 2011. 
• After Saturday’s game, Sheahin is tied for second in program history with field goals made, recording 491 in her four years at Loyola. One additional field goal would push Sheahin past Mary Anne Kirsch (‘95-’99) for the second place spot. 

Scouting the Purple Eagles
• Niagara University enters Thursday’s contest, 10-11, with the latest victory over Rider, 64-59, in the Alumni Gymnasium. 
• The Purple Eagles are ranked first in the conference from behind the arc, shooting 35 percent from three-point range. 
• Niagara averages 60.8 points per game, led by Lauren Gatto with 15.2. Gatto is tied for first in the MAAC scoring 174 points during conference play, an average of 17.4 ppg. 
• Shy Britton ranks third in the conference, shooting 51 percent from the floor, while Val McQuade tops the charts against all other MAAC players, shooting 45.8 percent from downtown.
• Gatto is the current MAAC player of the week, as announced by the conference office Monday, February 4.  

Series with Niagara
• Loyola leads the series, 34-16, over the past 24 years. 
• Last season the two teams split the series during the regular season, winning on the road respectively. During the MAAC Championships, the Purple Eagles defeated the Greyhounds, 77-63, in the quarterfinals at the MassMutual Center.
• This season, the Greyhounds won their first overtime contest since 2011, 71-68, in Reitz Arena taking on Niagara January 31. 
• Three Greyhounds scored double figures, while Katie Sheahin was one rebound shy of her seventh double-double. The senior scored nine field goals, helping Loyola to 42 percent from the floor. 

Up Next
• Loyola continues its western New York road swing, traveling to Canisius College for a 1 p.m. tipoff Saturday, February 9. 

Women In Sports Day
• The team will host Women in Sports Day Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
• Girls throughout the community may tour Reitz Arena and participate in a multitude of activities before watching the team take on Marist College for a 3 p.m. tipoff. After the game, spectators may come to the court and get autographs from a number of Greyhound female athletes, including the women’s basketball team. 

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola is currently tied for seventh in the MAAC, sharing the spot with the Siena College Saints. 
• Behind the Marist College Red Foxes, currently Loyola has the most consecutive-wins with three. 
• The Greyhounds are tied for fourth in the MAAC, recording 87 steals this season. Loyola shares the position with Siena. 
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 2.9 per game. 
• Junior Nicole Krusen takes the number five spot in three-point field goal percentage and shots made. The guard made 40 percent of her attempts from behind the arc. 
• Teammate Nneka Offodile is tied for 10th with eight blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference, tieing for fifth in offensive rebounds, and averaging three per contest. 
• Loyola was picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Greyhounds finished only 16 points behind Niagara University. In a unanimous vote, the seven-time defending champion Marist College Red Foxes took first.  
• The Greyhounds are 193-199 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 73-64 under Head Coach Joe Logan .
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 119-81 at home against the MAAC, including 42-27 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 78-115 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-36 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 15.0 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• Sheahin matched what was her career-best twice this season, going 8-8 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Maryland ( 11/11/12) and Army (12/10/12), but a month later the senior made nine free throws against Rider (1/13/13).
• The guard enters her final season as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, earning a spot on the preseason conference first team. 
• Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She was the fourth player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and former teammate Miriam McKenzie.
• Sheahin scored 20-plus points three times last season, including back-to-back games against George Washington and American. She tied her career-high with 28 points at George Washington. This season Sheahin looks to break her 20-plus point game season-record, as the guard scored 20-plus points in five games.  

New Kids on the Block
• All four freshmen made their collegiate debut in the season opener against the Hartford Hawks Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. 
Diana Logan was the first rookie to score double digits against UMBC Nov. 17, 2012. The guard went 4-8 from the field, connecting on one basket from downtown. Three weeks later, Logan would record a repeat performance, posting 10 points against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Logan has posted double figures five times this season. 
• Center Tiffany Padgett scored a double-double in the conference season opener, recording 10 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. The Laurel, Md., native was the first rookie to record a double-double during the 2012-13 season. 
• The freshmen class has played 901 minutes, scoring 232 points in 21 games. 

Conference Opener Opens Doors
• Despite a loss in the conference season opener January 4th against the Fairfield University Stags, three Greyhounds posted career-high numbers in Alumni Hall. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett scored her first career double-double for the inaugural start of her career. The center earned a spot on the starting lineup and proved to be an asset, recording ten points and ten rebounds. The Laurel, Md., native went 5-9 from the floor.
• Fellow classmate Jeneh Perry grabbed a career-best four boards against the Stags on their home court. The freshman also recorded two thefts, one better than her previous career-high. 
• Sophomore Nai Brown led the bench in points, tabbing a career-best nine points for the Greyhounds. The guard went 4-5 from the field, connecting on one shot from behind the arc.

Toeing the Line
• During the non-conference schedule, the Hounds averaged 14.8 free throws per game. In MAAC play, the Greyhounds have averaged 16.8 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 113 of its 168 attempts. 

She’s Making the List...and Checking it Twice
• Senior guard Katie Sheahin was named the 2011-12 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
• It was the second-straight year Sheahin earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
• In 2011-12, Sheahin led the conference with 3.4 steals per game, recording 102 total thefts, the second-most in school history.
• She also ranked fourth in blocks at 1.1 per game, turning back 34 last season.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 7-3 at Reitz Arena this year.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 58-40 on the home hardwood.

And the Award Goes To...
Katie Sheahin was the first Greyhound to receive MAAC weekly honors during the 2012-13 season. The senior guard was awarded player of the week Dec. 17, 2012, after recording a season-high 25 points against Army in Christl Arena. 

Cruisin’ Down the Hardwood
• Junior Nicole Krusen recorded her first career double-double against UMBC Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The guard posted 15 points and 10 boards, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• The junior leads the Greyhounds in shots from the line, connecting on 11 of 12 attempts from the charity stripe this season. 
• From downtown, Krusen ranks fifth in the conference making 40 percent of her shot from three-point range. She also ranks fifth in three-point field goals made.
• Krusen led the Loyola reserves last season with 3.9 points per game. The six-foot guard connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts in 2011-12, leading the team at 34.4-percent.   

Moving Forward
• In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett , averaging 8.2 and 4.5 points per game, respectively. 
• Sutherland averages 5.3 boards, and is currently second on the tream in rebounds. Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
Nneka Offodile takes the top spot in blocks, recording 17 this season, and holding a top-10 spot in the conference. She is one of four Greyhounds that have grabbed 10-plus boards this season, including Padgett, Sutherland, and Nicole Krusen .

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 11-12, or 92 percent. Freshman Diana Logan follows close behind at .778 from the charity stripe.
• Four Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those four, they have accomplished the feat 12 times.  
• On Nov. 20, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 92 percent from the free-throw-line, making 12 of their 13 attempts. 
• In 2011-12, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts.
• The percentage ranked as the fifth-highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.

Double Digit Divas
• Seven Greyhounds have tabbed double-digit points this season, scoring a combined 1,050 points . 
Katie Sheahin started the 2012-13 season where she ended last season. The senior scored in double-figures in 11-straight games to end the 2011-12 season. This year Sheahin posted double figures for the first five games, 14 total during her final season. 
• Two rookies scored in double figures, including Diana Logan who scored 10 points after only two collegiate contests. Tiffany Padgett was the first freshman to record a double-double in the conference season opener at Fairfield University.
• Forwards Alyssa Sutherland and Nneka Offodile recorded double figures for the Greyhounds, while guard Kara Marshall recorded a game-high 18 points at Manhattan Jan. 18, 2013.
• Junior Nicole Krusen scored double-digits thanks to her strength behind the arc, shooting five-plus three-pointers at UMBC, and 12 points off four-threes against Saint Peter’s. 

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 118-117 career record. He has led Loyola to two MAAC Title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• 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 in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Alisha Mosley , Jill Glessner , Keith Booth , and Director of Basketball Operations Erica DiClemente .

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open
• Once again throughout the 2012-13 season, all home games will be broadcast free of charge at “Hounds Unleashed”, and available for viewing on computers and most mobile devices. Fans can listen to the actoin online, as Brady Seabolt provides commentary during those home contests. 
• At away games, fans can stay up-to-date with the latest action and stats online and through select mobile devices.