Feb. 11, 2012
|Date||Sunday, February 12, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md.|Reitz Arena|
|Online Media||Video|Audio|Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team closes its four-game homestand on Sunday when the Greyhounds host the Fairfield University Stags at 12 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
- Loyola will take part in Play 4Kay on Sunday, an initiative that was brought to life in 2007. The mission of the initiative is: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. All proceeds from the game will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
- The Greyhounds enter the contest alone in third-place in the MAAC after a, 66-60, win over Iona at Reitz Arena on Friday evening.
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin broke the career steals record and became the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach 1,000-career point plateau in the contest.
Scouting the Stags
- The Stags had their best 20-game start since the 2000-01 season, and stand second in the MAAC with an 18-6 overall record and an 11-2 conference mark.
- Fairfield is the best defensive team in conference and is one of the best in the country, only allowing 53.2 points per game which ranks 17th in the nation.
- Alexys Vazquez entered the weekend ranked first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 50 of her 100 attempts from downtown.
- Taryn Johnson is the top scorer for Fairfield, averaging 13.3 points per game.
- Fairfield had its seven-game winning streak snapped on Friday night against Marist, falling to the Red Foxes, 60-54.
Series with Iona
- This is the 50th meeting between the Stags and the Greyhounds, with Fairfield holding a 32-17 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Greyhounds swept the season series against the Stags for the first time since 1996 when they beat Fairfield twice last year.
- Loyola had lost nine-straight in the series before sweeping both games from Fairfield last year.
- The Greyhounds are 11-12 all-time at home against the Stags, including 9-12 in MAAC play. The two teams played twice before Loyola had joined the MAAC.
- Under Logan, Loyola is 3-10 all-time against Fairfield, including 1-5 at Reitz Arena.
Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- The Greyhounds are 187-181 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 67-54 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
- Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
- The Greyhounds are 110-56 at home against the MAAC, including 37-24 under Logan.
Last Time They Met
- The Greyhounds had four players reach double figures as they defeated the Stags, 70-56, at Webster Bank Arena.
- It was Loyola’s first road win against Fairfield since the 2005-06 season.
- Miriam McKenzie led the ‘Hounds with 23 points, while Katie Sheahin chipped in 14 and grabbed eight rebounds.
- Taryn Johnson led the Stags with 20 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Desiree Pina added 13 points and seven rebounds.
- The Greyhounds hit the road to take on Saint Peter’s on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
- The Greyhounds overcame a 14-point second-half deficit, outscoring Iona, 41-23, in the second half to defeat the Gaels, 66-60.
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin broke the all-time steals record in the contest along with scoring her 1,000th career point.
- Miriam McKenzie scored a team-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds in the contest. Sheahin added 19 points and eight rebounds, and Kara Marshall had 15 points (all in the second half).
- Nneka Offodile pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds, pacing Loyola on the boards as the Greyhounds outrebounded Iona 45-37 in the game and 27-12 in the second half.
- It was Loyola’s fourth-straight win and third-straight over the Gaels.
If The Greyhounds Win...
- It would be Loyola’s first three-game winningsstreak over Fairfield since beating them three-in-a-row from 1995-1996.
- It would be Loyola’s first set of back-to-back home wins over the Stags since beating them in 1995 and 1996.
- The Greyhounds would have five-straight win and move to 8-4 at Reitz Arena this season.
Stealing the Show
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin passed Lorrie Schenning (1986-1990) to become the all-time career steals leader at Loyola after having four against Iona. She has 254 in her career.
- The junior has 85 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 10th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.5 steals per game this season.
- The junior has recorded a steal in 35-straight games and in 79 of her 82 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter’s
- Sheahin notched her 66th multi-steal game against Iona when she had four. She has 18-straight multi-steal games
Sheahin Reaches 1,000
- Katie Sheahin scored her 1,000th career point against Iona, becoming the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the plateau.
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.
- Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in 10 of her last 11 games.
- Marshall is averaging 16.8 points on 45.3-percent shooting while hitting 37.5-percent of her 3-point attempts over the last 11 games and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times in the last five games.
- Marshall ranks fifth 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 (81.0-percent), and second in scoring (11.5 points per game) and 3-point field goals made (1.6).
Make It Four-Straight
- The Greyhounds are on their longest winning streak of the season, winning each of their last four games.
- Loyola is averaging 68.8 points per game during the streatch with three players averaging double figures: Kara Marshall (20.0), Katie Sheahin (16.5) and Miriam McKenzie (15.0).
- The Greyhounds hae been impressive on the boards, outrebounding opponents by an average of 38.2 to 27.5.
- Loyola is dominating in the paint over the last four games, outscoring opponents 27.5 to 17.5.
- The Greyhounds are 10-5 in afternoon games this season compared to just 1-8 when playing at night.
- Loyola averages 60.5 points per game while shooting 40.7-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 is 6-0 in Sunday games this season, with an average margin of vcitory of 10.3 points per game.
- The Greyhounds are averaging 59.3 points while allowing just 49.0 points on Sundays. The team is shooting 42.9-percent in those games and 79.3-percent from the free-throw line.
- Loyola ranks first in the MAAC in conference games at 12.1 steals per game as a team.
- The Greyhounds own the top three spots in the conference individually, with Katie Sheahin first at 3.5, Alyssa Sutherland second at 2.8 and Kara Marshall third 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 937 of the team’s 1,404 (66.7-percent) total points.
- They are the only three teammates to rank in the top five in the MAAC in scoring in conference games only. Sheahin is third at 15.1, McKenzie is fourth at 15.0 and Marshall is fifth at 14.8.
- The combo are the top-three on the team in steals as well, accounting for 179 of Loyola’s 259 steals (69.1-percent).
- The three are averaging 40.8 points per game while shooting 39.7-percent from the floor.
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 fifth all-time with 1,315 points and eighth all-time with 669 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 four times this season, the last time coming against Iona.
- She ranks fifth all-time at Loyola with 88 career blocks and is one of the top guards in the country at 1.2 blocks per game. She currently ranks fourth in the MAAC.
- Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 24 games, with Sheahin leading the team at 14.7 points per game and McKenziesecond at 14.6.
- The pair are the only set of teammates to rank in the top-five in the conference in scoring. Sheahin ranks third and McKenzie ranks fourth.
- Sheahin is also ninth in rebounds (6.2), seventh in assists (3.3), first in steals (3.5), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.7) and fourth in blocks (1.2).
- McKenzie is second in rebounds (8.2) and fourth in steals (2.1).
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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