Feb. 22, 2012
|Date||Friday, February 24, 2012|
|Location||Fairfield, Conn. | Alumni Hall|
|Online Media||Free Audio|Video|Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team plays its final road game of the 2011-12 season as the Greyhounds head to Fairfield to battle the Stags at 7 p.m.
- The Greyhounds can clinch as high as the No. 4 seed in the MAAC Championships with a win.
- Loyola had its six-game winning streak snapped last time out, falling at Iona, 72-65, on Sunday afternoon.
- The Greyhounds have won the last three games in the series with the Stags.
- The contest will be part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. Jesuit Basketball Spotilight is in its third year of existence and has been an effort that the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has spearheaded in order to use basketball to promote Jesuit education at the 28 Jesuit schools spread out around the United States.
Scouting the Stags
- The Stags have clinched the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championship, entering play on Friday with a 20-7 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the MAAC.
- The Stags are 10-1 at home this season, with their only loss coming against Marist back on Jan. 12. Fairfield has won five-straight games at home since that loss.
- Fairfield enters the game ranked first in the conference and 19th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 53.0 points per game.
- Taryn Johnson leads the Stags, averaging 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Series with Fairfield
- This is the 51st meeting between the Stags and the Greyhounds, with Fairfield holding a 32-18 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Greyhounds swept the season series against the Stags for the first time since 1996.
- Loyola had lost nine-straight in the series before sweeping in both games from Fairfield last year.
- The Greyhounds are 5-17 on the road against the Stags in MAAC regular-season play.
- Under Logan, Loyola is 4-10 all-time against Fairfield, including 2-4 on the road.
Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- The Greyhounds are 193-188 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 69-55 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 31-31 under Logan.
Last Time They Met
- Miriam McKenzie scored eight of her game-high 18 points in the final 3:20 as the Greyhounds won their fifth-straight game, beating Fairfield, 55-48, on Sunday afternoon.
- McKenzie had a steal and score, picking off a pass from Taryn Johnson and scoring a fast-break layup with 1:24 remaining.
- Katie Sheahin sealed the game with 29 ticks left, draining a pair of free-throws that put Loyola up five after a turnover by Fairfield.
- The Greyhounds went 18-of-21 from the free-throw line, including eight-of-eight in the final minute to close out the victory.
- Katie Sheahin added 13 points while Nneka Offodile and Kara Marshall each had nine.
- The Greyhounds close out their regular-season at home when they take on first-place Marist at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Loyola will celebrate Senior Day as well as Women in Sports Day.
Last Time Out
- Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin combined for 38 points, but Loyola had its six-game winning streak snapped by Iona, 72-65, on Sunday.
- The Greyhounds had a three-point lead with 4:56 left in the first half, but Iona closed the frame on a 15-4 run to take an eight-point lead at halftime.
- A 15-1 Gaels’ run opened the game up in the second half, leading by as many as 21 in the second half.
- Loyola trimmed the deficit to five in the final minute, by Iona connected on its final 10 free throws to clinch the victory.
- Four Gaels scored in double figures, including Damika Martinez who had 17 to lead Iona. Martinez scored all 17 of her points in the second half.
If The Greyhounds Win...
- They would extend their winning streak against the Stags to four.
- They would clinch no worse than the No. 4 seed in the MAAC Championship.
- Loyola would improve to 7-1 when playing teams for the scond time this season.
- Loyola ranks first in the MAAC in conference games at 11.4 steals per game as a team.
- The Greyhounds own the top three spots in the conference individually, with Katie Sheahin first at 3.3, Alyssa Sutherland second at 2.5, and Kara Marshall third at 2.5.
- As a team, the Greyhounds have 285 steals this season which ranks second all-time only to last year’s squad that collected 301 steals.
- Loyola has connected on 145 3-pointers this season, which is the third-most in a single season in Greyhound history.
- Katie Sheahin and Kara Marshall have each made 43, which ties them for the fifth-most in a single season in Greyhound history. Sheahin ranks fourth all-time at Loyola with 104 made 3-point field goals.
Hitting the Free Ones
- The Greyhounds currently stand fourth in the MAAC, hitting 73-percent (362-of-496) of their free-throw attempts this season.
- The percentage currently stands as the second best single-season team percentage in Loyola history.
- Kara Marshall is the top free-throw shooting on the team, hitting 81.6-percent (71-for-87) from the line. That currently stands as the ninth-best single season percentage in Loyola history.
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 144-for-187 (77.0-percent) from the charity stripe.
- 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.
- 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 262 in her career.
- The junior has 93 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 3.4 steals per game this season.
- The junior has recorded a steal in 38-straight games and in 82 of her 85 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter’s
- Sheahin notched her 68th multi-steal game against Iona when she had four.
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.
- Freshman guard Kara Marshall has scored in double figures in 11 of her last 14 games.
- Marshall is averaging 15.4 points on 41.2-percent shooting while hitting 83.1-percent of her free-throw attempts over the last 14 games and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau three times.
- Marshall ranks sixth in the MAAC in conference games at 14.0 points per game.
- Overall, she ranks first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.1 per game) and free-throw percentage (81.6-percent), and second in scoring (11.4 points per game) and 3-point field goals made (1.6).
Second Time Around
- Head coach Joe Logan is 34-18 (.654) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 6-1 this year with wins over Siena, Manhattan, Niagara, Canisius, Rider and Saint Peter’s.
- 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 1,057 of the team’s 1,585 (66.7-percent) total points.
- They are the only three teammates to rank in the top six in the MAAC in scoring in conference games only. McKenzie and Sheahin are tied for third at 15.0 and Marshall is sixth at 14.0.
- The combo are the top-three on the team in steals as well, accounting for 200 of Loyola’s 285 steals (70.2-percent).
- The three are averaging 40.8 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 1,360 points and eighth all-time with 690 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 1.1 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 27 games, with the pair tied for the team lead at 14.7 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 seventh in assists (3.1), first in steals (3.4), ninth in 3-point field goals made (1.6) and fourth in blocks (1.1).
- McKenzie is second in rebounds (8.1) and fourth in steals (2.1).
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