Women's Basketball Hosts Lehigh On Play4Kay Day

Feb. 7, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Play4Kay Day
• As part of this annual Play4Kay event, Loyola will wear pink uniforms provided by Under Armour and all proceeds from the day's ticket sales and other fundraising efforts will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation.
• The first 100 fans through the Reitz Arena doors will receive free t-shirts courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.
• A gift basket containing courtside and VIP Loyola basketball tickets, Loyola athletics gear and merchandise, free and discount food coupons and other prizes will be raffled during the course of the day. 
• Anyone who makes a $3 donation to Play4Kay will receive a free Loyola basketball t-shirt, while those who donate $5 will receive a free Loyola basketball sweatshirt (while supplies last)
• These promotions will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. inside the arena.
• The 2014 Play4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
• Since its inception in 2007, the Play4Kay initiative has raised over $2.8 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
• Read more here.
• Saturday's game also is Loyola Basketball Alumnae Day, with many former Greyhound players expected to return for a 10 a.m. Alumnae game and pregame reception. For more information about this event please contact Will Johnson.

The Greyhounds
• Loyola begins a brief two-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 8, when it hosts Lehigh University at 1 p.m., for Alumnae and Play4Kay Day.
• With a win over Lehigh, the Greyhounds would win their third-straight against the Mountain Hawks.
• Loyola held American University scoreless for over five minutes on Wednesday, despite dropping a 63-38 contest from Washington, D.C.
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi moved into 12th in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.3) after handing out six on Wednesday.
• Loyola ranks third among the league in steals, grabbing 7.2 per contest. Lisa Mirarchi (1.4) and Tiffany Padgett (1.2) are eighth and 13th, individually.  

Series with Lehigh 
• Lehigh and Loyola will meet for the eighth time in program history, as the Mountain Hawks hold a one-game advantage over the Greyhounds.
• Loyola defeated the Mountain Hawks in back-to-back meeting, most recently in January from the Lehigh Valley and last year from home in non-conference action.
• The Greyhounds recorded their first ever Patriot League win, shooting a season-high 48-percent from the floor in the team's last meeting on Saturday, Jan. 11. Loyola also left Stabler Arena with its first road victory against the Mountain Hawks in series history.
• The record-breaking performance included three double-digit scorers in Nai Brown (25), Nicole Krusen (15) and Jeneh Perry (10).
• Before joining the Patriot League, the Greyhounds won a 60-48 decision against the Mountain Hawks on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
• The non-conference victory was the first win over Lehigh since the first matchup in 1981, 81-47.

What's On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 12, taking on the Lafayette College Leopards at 7 p.m.

Last Game Out
• Loyola dropped an evening contest against the American University Eagles, 63-38, from Bender Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
• Senior Nicole Krusen led with a team-best 12 points, while freshman Lauren Daugherty chipped in an additional seven points and team-high seven rebounds.
• In the first half, both teams were neck and neck from the field, as American held the slight advantage 51-50 percent. The Greyhounds shot 8-of-16 in the first 20 minutes, trailing 36-19 at the buzzer.
• Krusen shot 100-percent from the charity stripe, while the freshman duo of Daugherty and Lisa Mirarchi combined for 7-of-10 from the line. 

Put Me In Coach
• For only the fourth time all season, Loyola's bench outscored its opponent during last Saturday's matchup against the United States Military Academy. Loyola held a 20-14 advantage over the Black Knights, led by freshman Lauren Daugherty who recorded career-high minutes (33), field goals (3), free throws (9) and points (15). The rookie post player recorded a team-best 15 points, the first double-figure score in her collegiate career.
• In the following game at American, Daugherty made her first-collegiate start agaisnst the Eagles recording a career-best seven rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes. 

Lending A Helping Hand
• In six of the last eight games freshman Lisa Mirarchi has recorded five or more assists, including a career-high eight in Loyola's, 70-64, victory over Lehigh.
• The rookie guard leads the team with 78 assists, over 30 more than the second ranked assists leader on the team. 

What A Pair
• Teammates Nai Brown and Lisa Mirarchi have played a vital role in the offense this season. The pair of Greyhound guards have led the backcourt in points in the last five of Loyola's seven matchups, scoring 10 or more points during that time.
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett has added to the scoring success, contributing points for the bigs under the basket. 

Double Trouble
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett became the first Greyhound to record a double-double in 2014 Patriot League action on Saturday, Jan. 25, after the Greyhounds defeated Colgate, 61-54.
• The Laurel, Md., native matched a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday's victory in Hamilton, N.Y. 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 last Monday, Jan. 27.
• At the time, Mirarchi had scored in double figures in five consecutive matchups, including this the week before against Bucknell and Colgate. She led the team in scoring on against the Bison, tallying 16 points. 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 89-percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. She also ranks seventh in steals, averaging 1.4 a game.
• 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 games at Lehigh and Army, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 13.5 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate.
• In nine of the last 11 league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in four matchups this year.
• On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Loyola recorded a season-low seven turnovers against the Holy Cross Crusaders. The Greyhounds also held an 11-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

Take It To The Basket
Nai Brown recorded her 18th double-figure score on Wednesday, Jan. 29, after posting a career-high 28 points against the Boston University Terriers on Sunday, Jan. 19.
• The junior has recorded three or more field goals in 20-straight contests, after averaging only 2.6 points in 7.5 minutes of action last season.
• She ranks fourth among the league in points, averaging 15.9 points per game. Brown has scored 20-plus points in six games this season. 

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 4-3 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 18 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 20th nationally among all Division I women's basketball players.
• Mirarchi is one of two players from the Patriot League to sit among the nations top-20 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
• Nine of Loyola's 22 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those nine 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.
• The Greyhounds forced The United States Military Academy to two overtime matchups this season, both at home and on the road. The league's second ranked Black Knights ultimately pulled away with the victory on both occasions, but not before Loyola put up a close back-and-forth contest.  

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, 13 of Loyola's 17 loses have seen field goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-7 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-217 at home.
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-49 overall record on the home hardwood.

Meet The New Faces On The Bench
• Joining Head Coach Joe Logan on the Greyhounds' bench this season will be four-year veteran Jill Glessner, and new additions Ryan Gensler and Laura Harper.
• Gensler joins the Greyhounds' staff after spending the last two seasons at St. Bonaventure University; where he was an assistant coach to Jim Crowley. In his first season with the Bonnies, Gensler helped the women's basketball team to a program-record 31 wins and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. St. Bonaventure finished the Atlantic 10 Conference season with a perfect 14-0 record, winning the conference regular season title for the first time in school history.
• Harper, a former University of Maryland standout and WBNA post player, joined the women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in early September. Harper replaced another former Terrapins player whose jersey now resides in the Comcast Center rafters, Keith Booth.
• Harper, who played four seasons at Maryland, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
• She led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championship. At the tournament, she received the NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player award after scoring a career-high 24 points in the semifinal game against North Carolina.
• Harper sits atop the charts at Maryland with 198 blocked shots. She ranks sixth in free throws made, while scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.

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 81 stops and is one block 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.

Can't Make It To The Game...No Worries
• In August 2013, the Patriot League launched a free network featuring live and on-demand content from all 10-league schools on a free-HD platform.
• 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

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.

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 126-140 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.
• Logan is assisted by Jill Glessner, Ryan Gensler, Laura Harper and director of basketball operations Dalila Eshe.