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Women's Basketball Closes Weekend At Iona Sunday

Feb. 18, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Sunday, February 19, 2012
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location New Rochelle, N.Y. | Hynes Center
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team brings a six-game winning streak into the Hynes Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., as the Greyhounds battle the Iona College Gaels for the second time in nine days.
  • The Greyhounds' six-game winning streak is the second longest of head coach Joe Logan's tenure. Loyola won nine-straight last season which tied a program record.
  • With Manhattan's loss on Friday night, the Greyhounds stand alone in third entering play on Sunday.
  • Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in her career on Feb. 13.

Scouting the Gaels

  • The Gaels are on a seven-game slide coming into Sunday and stand 10-16 overall and 6-9 in the MAAC.
  • Iona is coming off an 80-76 loss at Rider on Friday night. Damika Martinez had 34 points in the contest to lead Iona.
  • Martinez, a freshman, is the leading scorer in the MAAC, averaging 16.5 points per game overall and 19.6 in conference games. 
  • Kristina Ford and Tomica Babic lead the team in rebounding at 6.9 each per game.
  • The Gaels are the second-ranked offense in the MAAC, scoring 62.8 points per game. But Iona is also last in defense, allowing 68.8 points per game.

Series with Iona

  • This is the 53rd meeting between the Greyhounds and the Gaels, with Loyola holding a 35-17 advantage in the all-time series.
  • Loyola is 32-12 all-time against the Gaels in MAAC regular-season play including 16-6 at the Hynes Center.
  • Head coach Joe Logan has led Loyola to a 7-8 record against Iona, going 3-3 in New Rochelle.
  • Loyola has won each of the last three meetings and four of the last five between the two teams. The Greyhounds have won the last two contests at Iona.

Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • The Greyhounds are 193-188 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 68-54 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
  • Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
  • The Greyhounds are 78-110 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-30 under Logan.

Last Time They Met

  • 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.

Up Next

  • Loyola plays its final road game of the season when the Greyhounds head to Fairfield to battle the Stags on Friday, Feb. 24.

Last Time Out

  • Four Greyhounds scored in double figures as the Greyhounds used a 23-5 run in the second half to get past Saint Peter's, 61-54, in Jersey City, N.J. on Friday night.
  • Kara Marshall led Loyola with 14 points while Katie Sheahin had 11, Alyssa Sutherland had 10 and Nicole Krusen had 11 off the bench.
  • The Greyhounds trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and eight in the second before taking their first lead of the game with just over 13 minutes left in the contest.
  • Loyola went 16-of-19 from the free-throw line in the game, going 10-for-10 in the last two minutes to seal the win.

If The Greyhounds Win...

  • Loyola would have a seven-game winning streak, which would be tied for the second longest in school history. Loyola won seven straight in 1997-98 and 1998-99.
  • They would improve to 8-0 on Sundays this year.
  • The Greyhounds would improve to 7-0 when playing teams for the second time this season.

Off the Bench

  • Sophomore Nicole Krusen scored 11 points off the bench for Loyola in the team's win at Saint Peter's.
  • Krusen went 2-for-2 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line while grabbing four rebounds.
  • The 11 points match the most for any Greyhound off the bench this season. Miriam McKenzie also had 11 at Towson.

Coming Up Clutch

  • The Greyhounds have been an excellent free-throw shooting team in the final five minutes of games, going 141-for-182 (77.5-percent) from the charity stripe.
  • During the teams current six-game winning streak, Loyola has closed out games by shooting 89.7-percent (52-of-58) from the free-throw line in the final five minutes.
  • The Greyhounds went 8-of-8 from the line against Fairfield in the final minute and 10-of-10 in the last two minutes against Saint Peter's.

More MAAC Honors

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week for the second time this season and fifth-time in her career on Feb. 13.
  • McKenzie averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in wins over Iona and Fairfield. She has a game-high 22 points to go with 11 rebounds vs. Iona, and followed that with a game-high 18 against Fairfield.
  • McKenzie is the fourth-straight Greyhound to earn MAAC honors. The senior started the run by being named Player of the Week on Jan. 22, followed by back-to-back Rookie of the Week honors for Kara Marshall
  • Katie Sheahin also earned a Player of the Week honor this season on Dec. 19.

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 258 in her career.
  • The junior has 89 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 9th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.5 steals per game this season.
  • The junior has recorded a steal in 37-straight games and in 81 of her 84 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter's
  • Sheahin notched her 67th multi-steal game against Fairfield when she had three.

Sheahin Reaches 1,000

  • Katie Sheahin scored her 1,000th career point against Iona on Feb. 10, becoming the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the plateau.
  • It is the second season in a row that the Greyhounds have had a junior reach the 1,000-point mark after Miriam McKenzie did it last season.

Diaper Dandy

  • Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in 11 of her last 13 games.
  • Marshall is averaging 16.0 points on 43.0-percent shooting while hitting 83.1-percent of her free-throw attempts over the last 13 games and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times.
  • Marshall ranks fifth in the MAAC in conference games at 14.4 points per game.
  • Overall, she ranks first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.2 per game) and free-throw percentage (81.6-percent), and second in scoring (11.5 points per game) and 3-point field goals made (1.6).

Six-Straight

  • The Greyhounds are on their longest winning streak of the season, winning each of their last six games.
  • Loyola is averaging 65.2 points per game during the stretch with three players averaging double figures: Kara Marshall (17.2), Katie Sheahin (15.2) and Miriam McKenzie (14.3). 
  • Loyola is holding teams to 54.8 points per game.

Second Time Around

  • Head coach Joe Logan is 34-17 (.667) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 6-0 this year with wins over Siena, Manhattan, Niagara, Canisius, Rider and Saint Peter's.

Afternoon Delight

  • The Greyhounds are 11-5 in afternoon games this season compared to just 2-8 when playing at night.
  • Loyola averages 61.3 points per game while shooting 41.2-percent from the floor when tipping off in the afternoon. 
  • At night, the squad is scoring 55.8 points per game and hitting on just 34.2-percent of its attempts from the floor and posting a 2-8 record.

Sunday Funday

  • Loyola is 7-0 in Sunday games this season, with an average margin of vcitory of 9.8 points per game.
  • The Greyhounds are averaging 58.7 points while allowing just 48.9 points on Sundays. The team is shooting 42.1-percent in those games and 80.3-percent from the free-throw line.

Pick-Pockets

  • Loyola ranks first in the MAAC in conference games at 11.7 steals per game as a team.
  • The Greyhounds own the top three spots in the conference individually, with Katie Sheahin first at 3.3, Kara Marshall second at 2.7 and Alyssa Sutherland third at 2.5.

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 1,011 of the team's 1,520 (66.5-percent) total points.
  • They are the only three teammates to rank in the top five in the MAAC in scoring in conference games only. McKenzie and Sheahin are tied for third at 14.7 and Marshall is fifth at 14.4.
  • The combo are the top-three on the team in steals as well, accounting for 195 of Loyola's 277 steals (70.4-percent). 
  • The three are averaging 40.5 points per game.

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 fourth all-time with 1,341 points and eighth all-time with 682 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 90 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.

Dynamic Duo

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin have carried the Greyhound offense through the first 26 games, with the pair tied for the team lead at 14.5 points per game.
  • 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 (6.1), seventh in assists (3.2), first in steals (3.4), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.6) and fourth in blocks (1.2).
  • McKenzie is second in rebounds (8.1) and fourth in steals (2.2).

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 (www.facebook.com/wbbloyola) and following us on Twitter (@LoyolaWBB). You can also follow Coach Joe Logan on Twitter (@CoachJoeLogan).