|Opponent||Holy Cross Crusaders|
|Date||Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016|
|Location||Worcester, Mass. | Hart Center|
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
• Loyola is in its 45th season as a women’s basketball program and its 35th 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 record of 196-205 in MAAC games and won two MAAC Championships, in 1993 and 1994.
THINGS TO KNOW
• Loyola travels to Massachusetts to take on College of the Holy Cross Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
• This season, three Greyhounds - sophomore Bri Betz-White and seniors Colleen Marshall and Jeneh Perry - are averaging double figures in scoring. Marshall is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game, which ranks fourth among Patriot League competitors. Betz-White and Perry are each averaging 10.0 points per game, and are tied for 16th in League.
• Loyola is one of only two schools in the Patriot League to have three players averaging double figures in scoring. Lehigh’s Lexi Martins, Quinci Mann and Kerry Kinek are also averaging 10-plus points per game this season.
• Marshall has scored in double figures in all but two League games and has grabbed 39 steals to average 2.6 per game. Holy Cross’ Infiniti Thomas-Waheed is the only other Patriot League competitor to record more steals, with 40 (2.7 per game).
• Perry is grabbing a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth among League competitors. The veteran forward is second in the Patriot League in offensive rebounds (3.4 per game) and took over as Loyola’s career offensive rebounding leader on Wednesday, Feb. 17, surpassing Patty Stoffey’s record of 247 from 1991-95. Entering the game, she has 258 offensive rebounds.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS HOLY CROSS
• Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the seventh time when the two teams take the court on Wednesday.
• The Crusaders lead the series, 4-2, while also holding a 3-1 advantage in Patriot League play.
• Last season, the two teams split the series, each winning on the road.
• Behind a 57-51 victory at the Hart Center, Loyola recorded its 500th program win on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
• In their first year as Patriot League foes, the Crusaders swept the Greyhounds, winning on the road, 80-65, and at home, 59-49.
• Loyola and Holy Cross first met in 1990 as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Crusaders topped the Greyhounds, 82-50, in Massachusetts.
• Nine years later, Loyola defeated Holy Cross, 64-57, at the First Union Hawk Classic Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola recorded its third wire-to-wire victory of the year Saturday afternoon, completing the season sweep of Colgate University, 55-38.
• With the win, the Greyhounds secured a spot as one of the top six team in the League, earning a bye for the first round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Tournament.
• Senior Jeneh Perry led Loyola with 11 points and 14 rebounds, recording her seventh double-double of the season. Graduate student Steph Smith chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
• Loyola took advantage of Colgate’s early ball-handling misfortunes, as the Raiders committed seven turnovers in the first six minutes of the contest. During that time, Loyola scored nine-unanswered points to secure the lead for the remainder of the game.
• Loyola closes out the month of February with a trip to Washington, D.C., to face American University at 4 p.m.
• The game is part of a doubleheader series with Loyola and American, as the men’s teams tipoff at noon from Bender Arena.