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Women's Basketball Now Hosting Boston University Saturday At 11 a.m.

Feb. 13, 2015

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Time 11 a.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola University Maryland is in its 43rd season as a women’s basketball program, and its 33rd year of competition as an NCAA Division I program. Prior to 1981, the Greyhounds competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
• The 2013-14 season was Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League.
• Prior to joining the league, Loyola was a member of the Northeast Conference for nine seasons (1980-89) before joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989. The Greyhounds posted an overall MAAC record of 196-205 in conference games. During that time, Loyola claimed two MAAC Tournament Championships, in 1993 and 1994.

LOYOLA QUICK HITS
• Due to impending weather conditions in the Northeast region, the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball game against Boston University has been moved up to Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
• Saturday’s game will mark Loyola’s annual Play4Kay game in honor of breast cancer awareness.
• Freshman Bri Betz-White has played the most minutes (32.6 per game) of any Patriot League rookie this season, and has scored more points than any newcomer in the league with an average of 9.7 per game.
• Loyola is 4-0 at home when holding its opponent to less than 55 points.
• Junior Colleen Marshall has scored 10-plus points in 10 of the 13 Patriot League contests this season, including back-to-back 20-plus point games versus Holy Cross and Army.

UP NEXT
• Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Wednesday to host Bucknell University at 7 p.m.

PLAY4KAY 
• Coach Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
• Coach Yow created the Kay Yow Fund to help raise money and awareness for research and a cure for breast cancer.
• To date, the Fund has contributed over $3.9 million in support of women’s cancer research.

LAST TIME OUT
• In a contest that consisted of 12 lead changes and six tied scores, Loyola fell to Lafayette College, 69-63, Wednesday evening in Easton, Pennsylvania.
• Junior Colleen Marshall scored a team-best 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while senior Nai Brown came off the bench with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
• The Leopards held a two-point advantage at the half, 39-37, but senior Steph Smith came out of the locker room ready to shoot, knocking down a 3-point field goal early in the second half and pushing Loyola past Lafayette, 40-39.
• Loyola’s bigs (Smith, Lauren Daugherty and Jeneh Perry ) scored the team’s first three field goals of the second stanza.
• Ultimately, Lafayette used an 11-2 run to maintain control of the lead for the remainder of the contest. 

LOYOLA IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
• Loyola ranks second in the league in steals with 203 (8.5 per game). The Greyhounds are led by junior Colleen Marshall who averages 2.3 per game (the most in the Patriot League).
• Marshall is eighth in the league in points, averaging 12.8 per game, while classmate Jeneh Perry is 10th in the league in total rebounds (6.8 rpg) and first in offensive boards (3.2 rpg).

PERRY ON THE BOARDS
• Not only does Jeneh Perry lead Loyola in rebounds, but the junior guard has also grabbed the most offensive boards in the Patriot League (3.2 per game), this season.
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee native averages 6.8 total rebounds per game, 10th most in the league.
• Perry has helped Loyola record 189 total second-chance points, including 98 in the Patriot League.

PICK POCKET
• For the ninth-straight week, junior Colleen Marshall leads the Patriot League in steals, averaging 2.3 per game.
• With her help, Loyola is second in the league in steals (203 total), only trailing the United States Naval Academy with 226.
• The junior transfer helped the Greyhounds force 215 turnovers in Patriot League play, including 23 against the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 7.
• Marshall and the Greyhounds have accumulated 107 steals against conference opponents, scoring 225 points off opposing team’s misfortunes. Comparatively, challengers have recorded only 159 points off of Loyola’s turnovers.   

PUT ME IN COACH
• Freshman Bri Betz-White has started in all 24 games this season. She is looking to become the first rookie since Candice Walker in 2007 to start every game in her freshman season.
• That year, Walker started all 30 games and averaged 8.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
• Walker was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team and earned four Rookie of the Week honors that season.
• Walker set the program’s then-freshman assists record with 93, only to be broken last season by Lisa Mirarchi with 106.

LIDS TEAM SPORTS WEEKLY HONORS
• Freshman Bri Betz-White earned Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in her career after scoring a career-high 23 points on Saturday, Jan. 17, in a win over Boston University, 63-53.
• Betz-White became the first freshman since Kara Marshall in 2012 to score 20-plus points in a single contest.
• The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania native earned her first weekly honor after scoring 19 points on Saturday, Dec. 20, in Loyola’s victory over Saint Peter’s University, 59-49.
• The rookie guard sparked a 23-0 second-half run for the Greyhounds with a 3-pointer with 12:13 to go in regulation.
• She scored seven of her 12 second-half points during the stretch that saw Loyola go up by 11 with just over three minutes remaining before the final horn.
• Junior Jeneh Perry was also included among the week’s honorable mentions.

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
• Loyola’s defense has shown a big presence in Patriot League play this season.
• In 13 games, the Greyhounds have forced 215 turnovers, including 23 against the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 7.
• Loyola has accumulated 107 steals against conference opponents, scoring 225 points off opposing team’s misfortunes. Comparatively, challengers have recorded only 159 points off of Loyola’s turnovers.   

LOYOLA KNOCKS OFF LEHIGH
• Loyola used perimeter shooting and a strong defensive presence to hand Lehigh University its first Patriot League loss of the season, 64-52, Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
• Junior Diana Logan led the Greyhounds with a career-high 20 points, while classmate Colleen Marshall recorded her fourth-straight game in double digits, scoring 11 points. Sophomore Lauren Daugherty led the team in rebounds, grabbing a career-high 10 boards.
• Lehigh entered the contest as the leading Patriot League women’s basketball program in 3-point field goal percentage. The Mountain Hawks were shooting 37 percent from behind the arc, but Loyola held Lehigh to only one trey in 14 attempts. The Greyhounds also held the Mountain Hawks to their lowest overall scoring output of the season, scoring only 52 points on Saturday. Previously, Lehigh averaged 76.0 points per game.

SQUAD DEPTH
• Loyola handed Lehigh its first Patriot League loss of the season, 64-52, led by a career-high 20 points from junior guard Diana Logan , on Saturday, Jan. 10.
• The Waldorf, Maryland native scored all 20 of her points in 25 minutes of action. She went 4-for-7 from behind the arc and connected on 100-percent of her attempts from the free-throw line.
• Senior Steph Smith tied all players and led the Greyhounds in rebounds on Wednesday, Nov. 19 with 10 rebounds against the Georgetown Hoyas.
• Coming off the bench, the Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania native grabbed a game-best six offensive boards in only 20 minutes of action, and added four additional defensive rebounds against Georgetown.
• Two weeks later, in back-to-back games against Towson and Mount St. Mary’s, junior Jeneh Perry came off the bench to grab more rebounds than any other player in the game. The Chattanooga, Tennessee native pulled down 10 boards in the home opener on December 4 and came back to record nine rebounds in Loyola’s first win of the season versus Mount St. Mary’s on December 6.

CONFERENCE OPENER 
• The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team used a 7-2 run in the final two minutes to hold off Navy, 55-49, at Reitz Arena in both squads’ Patriot League opener.
Colleen Marshall paced Loyola with 13 points, and junior Nai Brown came off the bench scoring 10 points. Senior Steph Smith led all players with seven rebounds and sophomore Lisa Mirarchi finished with a game-high five assists and four steals.
• Loyola’s defense dominated the first half, as the Greyhounds kept Navy off the board for nearly seven minutes following the team’s first two field goals.
• The Greyhounds used a 12-2 run in the first half to maintain control of the lead for the remainder of the contest.
• Navy, the 2013-14 Patriot League regular-season champion, slowly picked away at Loyola’s lead, but was unable to top the Greyhounds in the 2014-15 conference opener.
• Loyola’s defense forced 21 Navy turnovers, scoring 22 points of the Mids’ misfortunes.
• Both teams knocked down six 3-point field goals, while the Greyhounds outshot the Midshipmen, 34.9 – 32.0 percent.

20+-UNANSWERED POINTS
• Behind a 23-0 second-half run, Loyola defeated former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-foe Saint Peter’s University, 59-49, Saturday, Dec. 20, in Reitz Arena.
• Loyola trailed by as much as 12 points early in the second half before Bri Betz-White hit a 3-point field goal that sparked the game-winning run. Following the matchup, Betz-White earned Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week Honors for her performance against the Peacocks.
• Throughout the streak, Loyola’s defense held the Peacocks scoreless for almost 11 minutes, as the Greyhounds’ offense turned a 42-30 deficit into a 53-42 advantage by the 1:13 mark.
• The last time Loyola scored 20-plus unanswered points was on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, against Lehigh University in Reitz Arena.

THROUGH THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
• Loyola opened the 2014-15 campaign with five-straight road games against strong non-conference opponents.
• In the season opener, Loyola faced a College of William & Mary team that was picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe is aligned in a conference with tough league opponents such as James Madison University, a team receiving AP Top 25 votes, the University of Delaware and Drexel University.
• Loyola returned to the state of Maryland to take on UMBC, a team that averaged 60.8 points in the month of November, including two 80-plus point games to open the season.
• The Greyhounds closed out the month of November with matchups against BIG EAST, Big Ten and ACC teams.
• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• Junior Colleen Marshall led the team in points, scoring double-figures in three of the first five matchups. The junior transfer led the league in steals at the end of November, averaging 2.6 per game. Junior Jeneh Perry grabbed a team-best 42 rebounds during that time, ranked fourth in the Patriot League with 8.4 rpg.
• Four Greyhounds shot over 30 percent from behind the arc, led by freshman Bri Betz-White (8-for-20).

STRONG SHOWING AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED MARYLAND
• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• The Greyhounds held the Terrapins within single digits for a majority of the first half, closing the stanza down by only 12 points. Maryland returned from the break and used a 16-2 run in the second half to ultimately win the contest, 65-43.
• Loyola held the Terps to only 15 offensive rebounds and allowed only 12 second-chance points.
• Sophomore Lisa Mirarchi scored a game-best 15 points, shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the XFINITY Center. 

STRONG NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
• Four of Loyola’s 11 non-conference games were against teams that qualified for postseason play last year, including one NCAA Final Four team.
• The University of Maryland qualified for its 22nd postseason tournament and fourth NCAA Final Four appearance in program history. The Terrapins ultimately fell to Notre Dame, 87-61, in the national semifinals in Nashville, Tennessee.
• For the second-straight year, Mount St. Mary’s accepted a bid into the WNIT tournament, dropping a first round tournament game to Duquesne, 62-52.
• George Washington and East Carolina met in the first round of the WNIT Tournament, with the Colonials advancing over the Pirates in an 86-68 decision. George Washington went on to advance to the third round, dropping a game to South Florida on Thursday, March 27 (74-59).

HOME SWEET HOME
• Loyola is 271-228 all-time at home.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 66-60 overall record on the home hardwood, in 10 seasons.
• Loyola returned to Reitz Arena after playing every game in the month of November on the road.
• On the flip side, the Greyhounds hosted seven-straight home games in December. 

DOWNTOWN DIVAS
• Loyola knocked down 10 treys in the season opener against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14. Colleen Marshall , Bri Betz-White and Diana Logan contributed two or more baskets from behind the arc to total an impressive 10 shots made against the Tribe.
• The 3-point success tied for seventh best in Loyola’s single-game record books.

FOR STARTERS
• Led by Colleen Marshall’s 28 points, Loyola’s starting five (Marshall, Bri Betz-White, Lisa Mirarchi, Steph Smith and Jeneh Perry ) scored 59 points, and several of them were key during the first half when the Greyhounds ended the period with a one-point lead against William & Mary in the season opener.
• The 2013-14 Patriot League All-Rookie Team selection, Mirarchi scored the first basket of the 2014-15 season.
• Three possessions later, rookie guard Betz-White set the tone for the Greyhounds, scoring her first career points by grabbing an offensive board and pulling it back behind the arc for the team’s first 3-point field goal of the contest. The squad went on to record 10 total treys, tied for seven most in program single-game history.
• The starters also contributed 19 of the Greyhounds’ 26 rebounds with Perry leading the team with 13. She was one point shy of recording her first career double-double. 

MARSHALL MATTERS
• Junior Colleen Marshall led Loyola’s scoring effort in the season opener, recording a career-high 28 points against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14.
• The junior transfer from East Carolina University, previously scored a career-high nine points against the United States Naval Academy on November 30, 2012.
• The last time a Loyola newcomer had 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first game of the season was on November 28, 1995, when Jennifer Bongard scored 24 points at then Towson State. 

MEET THE NEW FACES ON THE BENCH
• Joining head coach Joe Logan on the Greyhounds’ bench this season will be second-year assistant Ryan Gensler , and new additions Sarah Jones and Katie Kuester .
• Jones, a former team captain and player in the BIG EAST Conference, was a member of the Villanova University women’s basketball program from 2007-12. A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic First Team honoree, Jones guided the Wildcats to the 2009 NCAA Tournament and two WNIT appearances.
• Following her graduation from Villanova, Jones became a graduate assistant for the program. She spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at the Ohio Valley Conference’s Morehead State University. Jones was the team’s offensive coordinator and position coach for the guards and wing players.
• Kuester was most recently the video coordinator for the North Carolina women’s basketball program, helping the Tar Heels reach the Elite Eight during the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and finish ranked seventh nationally.
• Kuester is no stranger to the Patriot League. Prior to her stint at Chapel Hill, the Pennsylvania native served one season as the director of basketball operations at Lehigh University.
• She played collegiate basketball at Saint Joseph’s University, under the direction of Cindy Griffin, Loyola’s head coach from 1998-2001.
• Kuester helped the Hawks to three WNIT postseason bids and a Big Five Co-Championship in 2009.
• In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Kuester brings a lifetime of involvement in basketball through her family. Her father, John, was the head coach of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons from 2009-2011 and was the head coach collegiately at Boston University and George Washington University from 1983-1990. In addition to his head coaching experience, the elder Kuester, who was a standout player for Dean Smith’s North Carolina teams in the late 1970s and played three years in the NBA, has 19 years of experience, as an NBA and college assistant.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his 10th season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 132-166 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 record more wins than any other head coach in Loyola women’s basketball history.
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Ryan Gensler , Sarah Jones, Katie Kuester and director of basketball operations Erin Shields .