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Women's Basketball Caps Off Doubleheader Saturday At American

Feb. 26, 2016

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Opponent American Eagles
Date Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Time 4 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena
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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 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.
• With a record of 9-7 in the Patriot League, Loyola has secured a bye for the first round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Tournament. This will mark the first year Loyola can finish the regular season no lower than the sixth seed.
• Senior Colleen Marshall sophomore Bri Betz-White are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Marshall with 15.0 points per game. This season, she ranks fifth in points per game among Patriot League competitors and 13th in 3-point field goals made (1.5). Betz-White is averaging 10.2 points per game, which ranks 15th in the League.
• Marshall has scored in double figures in all but two League games and is tied for first with 2.6 steals per game in those games.
Perry is grabbing a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game, which ranks third 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 American game, she has 262 offensive rebounds.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS AMERICAN
• Saturday’s matchup will mark the 21st all-time meeting between Loyola and American.
  The Eagles hold a 15-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 4-1 lead in the Patriot League.
• Earlier this season, the Greyhounds recorded their first win over the Eagles since joining the League in 2013-14.
• In a game that included six ties and 15 lead changes, Loyola topped American, 52-46, in the 2015-16 Patriot League season opener Wednesday, Dec. 30, in Reitz Arena. 
• With five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, American held a four-point lead, 44-40, but Loyola closed out the contest scoring 12 of the game’s final 14 points to pull out the win.

LAST TIME OUT
• For the second-straight game, Loyola held it’s opponent to less than 10 points in the first quarter and used strong shooting to defeat Holy Cross, 59-49, Wednesday night at the Hart Center.
• Senior Colleen Marshall and sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 16 points each, while junior Lisa Mirarchi chipped in 11. Senior Jeneh Perry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, her 10th double-digit rebounding performance of the season.
• Holy Cross took its first and only lead with the first basket of the game, but Loyola went on to score 10-unanswered points and never relinquished the lead.
• Loyola outshot Holy Cross from the floor, 40.4 percent, while also holding a shooting advantage from 3-point range, 41.7 percent.
• Defensively, Loyola recorded nine steals and two blocks. For the fourth-straight game, the Greyhounds forced their opponents to commit 15-plus turnovers.

UP NEXT
• Loyola returns home Wednesday night to host Holy Cross in a matchup that will determine seeding for the 2015-16 Patriot League Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Prior to the game, seniors Diana Logan , Colleen Marshall , Jeneh Perry and graduate student Steph Smith will be recognized for their contributions to the team in a quick ceremony at half court.