Iona Visits Reitz For ESPN3 Women's Basketball Battle

Feb. 7, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Friday, February 10, 2012
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md.|Reitz Arena
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Television ESPN3
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team plays its third-straight home game on Friday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. when the Greyhounds host the Iona College Gaels in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team. The contest will be nationally broadcast game ESPN3. Doug Sherman and Mika Ryan have the call.
  • The Greyhounds are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, with victories over Niagara, Canisius and Rider. 
  • Junior guard Katie Sheahin is approaching a pair of milestones entering Friday's contest. She is tied for the Loyola all-time career steals lead with 250, and needs just eight more points to become the 20th player in Greyhound women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second-straight week and the third time this year on Feb. 6 after averaging 21.5 points in two games last week.

Scouting the Gaels

  • Iona enters Friday on a three-game losing streak and are coming off losses to Marist, Fairfield and Siena.
  • The Gaels are led by freshman Damika Martinez, who is second in the conference at 15.4 points per game.
  • Iona is the top scoring team in the MAAC, averaging 63.1 points per game, while ranking last in defense at 68.9 points per game.

Series with Iona

  • This is the 52nd meeting between the Gaels and the Greyhounds, with Loyola holding a 34-17 advantage in the all-time series.
  • Loyola is 15-7 against Iona at home, including 3-3 under head coach Joe Logan. However, Iona has won three of the last four meetings in Reitz Arena.
  • Logan has led Loyola to a 6-8 mark against the Gaels, going 6-6 in MAAC regular-season play.
  • The Greyhounds have won three of the last four meetings overall, including sweeping the season series last year.

Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • The Greyhounds are 186-181 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 66-54 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
  • Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
  • The Greyhounds are 109-56 at home against the MAAC, including 36-24 under Logan.

Last Time They Met

  • The Greyhounds overcame a 17-point, second-half deficit, including trailing by 11 with two minutes to beat the Gaels, 83-80, in overtime on Feb. 25, 2011.
  • Katie Sheahin had 28 points to lead all scorers while Miriam McKenzie added 23. 
  • Sheahin sank a pair of free-throws with eight seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. McKenzie hit a jumper on the first possession of overitme and the Greyhounds never trailed again. Sheahin came up clutch late in the game with two more free throws with two seconds left to provide the final difference.
  • Five Gaels scored in double figures in the game, including current players Milica Paligoric (12) and Tomica Bacic (10).

Up Next

  • The Greyhounds close out their four-game homestand on Sunday when they host the Fairfield Stags at noon. Fairfield is currently tied for first place in the MAAC with Marist.

Last Time Out

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting to help Loyola get past Rider, 71-57, on Saturday.
  • It was the third-straight win for the Greyhounds and first MAAC weekend sweep for the team this season.
  • The Greyhounds shot 53.3-percent in the firs thalf and took a 39-29 lead into the locker room. Rider cut the deficit to single digits twice in the second half, but the last time came with over 17 minutes remaining in the contest.
  • Katie Sheahin added 19 points and recorded her 250th career steal, tying her for first on the Loyola all-time career steals list.

If The Greyhounds Win...

  • It would be Loyola's fourth-straight win overall and third-straight against Iona.
  • The Greyhounds would have four-straight home wins and would move to 7-4 at Reitz Arena this year.

Stealing the Show

  • Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters Friday's game tied for the Loyola all-time career steals record with Lorrie Schenning with 250 in her career.
  • The junior has 81 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 ninth in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.5 steals per game this season.
  • The junior has recorded a steal in 34-straight games and in 78 of her 81 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter's
  • Sheahin notched her 65th multi-steal game against Rider when she had two. She has 17-straight multi-steal games

Countdown to 1,000

  • Sheahin enters Friday's game against Iona with 992 career points, just eight away from become the 20th player in Loyola history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Marshall Earns Back-to-Back Rookie of the Week Honors

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second-straight week and third time this year on Feb. 6 after averaging 21.5 points and shooting 48-percent from the floor in wins over Canisius and Rider last week.
  • Marshall scored 15 points against Canisius on 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line and followed that with a career-high 28 points and 10-of-14 shooting against Rider.

Diaper Dandy

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games.
  • Marshall is averaging 17.0 points on 46.9-percent shooting while hitting 39.7-percent of her 3-point attempts over the last 10 games and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times in the last four games.
  • Marshall ranks third in the MAAC in conference games at 14.8 points per game.
  • Overall, she ranks first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.0 per game) and free-throw percentage (81.3-percent), and second in scoring (11.4 points per game) and 3-point field goals made (1.6).

Make It Three-Straight

  • The Greyhounds are on their first three-game winning streak of the season, only trailing for a total of 3:43 of the last three games.
  • Loyola is averaging 69.7 points per game during the streatch with four players averaging double figures: Kara Marshall (21.7), Katie Sheahin (15.7), Miriam McKenzie (12.7) and Alyssa Sutherland (10.0).
  • The Greyhounds hae been impressive on the boards, outrebounding opponents by an averae of 36.0 to 24.3.

Second Time Around

  • Head coach Joe Logan is 33-17 (.660) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 5-0 this year with wins over Siena, Manhattan, Niagara and Canisius.

Afternoon Delight

  • The Greyhounds are 9-5 in afternoon games this season compared to just 1-8 when playing at night.
  • Loyola averages 60.1 points per game while shooting 41.2-percent from the floor when tipping off in the afternoon. At night the squad is scoring 55.2 points per game and hitting on just 34.1-percent of its attempts from the floor.


  • Loyola ranks first in the MAAC in conference games at 11.9 steals per game as a team.
  • Three Greyhounds rank in the top four of the conference in steals, including Katie Sheahin (1st at 3.4), Alyssa Sutherland (2nd at 2.8) and Kara Marshall (3rd at 2.6).

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 881 of the team's 1,338 (65.8-percent) total points.
  • They are the only three teammates to rank in the top six in the MAAC in scoring in conference games only. Marshall is third at 14.8, Sheahin is fourth at 14.8 and McKenzie is sixth at 14.4
  • The combo are the top-three on the team in scoring and steals, accounting for 169 of Loyola's 245 steals (69.0-percent). 
  • The three are averaging 40.2 points per game while shooting 39.3-percent from the floor.

Individual Honors

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have each been named MAAC Player of the Week this season.
  • McKenzie earned the honor on Jan. 22 after averaging a double-double with 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in games against Marist and Manhattan. She also earned ECAC and Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Player of the Week.
  • Sheahin earned the honor of Dec. 19 after matching a career-high with 28 points in a win against George Washington. She also had seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. It was her third honor this season and was named Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Player of the Week.

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.

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 1,293 points and 10th all-time with 650 rebounds.
  • The senior will graduate as just the fifth player in Loyola history to rank 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.

Dynamic Duo

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 22 games, with Sheahin leading the team at 14.5  points per game and McKenziesecond at 14.3.
  • The pair are the only set of teammates to rank in the top-five in the conference in scoring. Sheahin ranks fourth and McKenzie ranks fifth.
  • Sheahin is also ninth in rebounds (6.2), seventh in assists (3.3), first in steals (3.6), seventh in 3-point field goals made (1.7) and fifth in blocks (1.1).
  • McKenzie is second 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 eight 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.

Follow Women's Basketball on Twitter and Facebook

  • Keep up with Loyola women's basketball on Facebook and Twitter. Like Loyola University Maryland women's basketball on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (@LoyolaWBB). You can also follow Coach Joe Logan on Twitter (@CoachJoeLogan).