Women's Basketball Celebrates Senior Night Versus Fairfield

Feb. 27, 2013

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Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Friday, March 1, 2013
Time 7:10 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while eight have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 349 points, 157 rebounds, 74 assists, and 66 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 209 points. 
Nneka Offodile leads the Loyola from the floor, shooting a team-high 49 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from behind the arc, making a team-high 46 shots from downtown, and setting a school record with seven three-point field goals in one contest.
• Loyola boasts a 9-3 record when outshooting its foe.
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds are 6-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage, recording 70 percent, Fairfield takes the top spot at 71 percent.
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 37 percent from the floor, and 29 percent from behind the arc. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC pre-season coaches poll. 

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds dropped their 14th consecutive contest to the Marist College Red Foxes, 79-55, in Reitz Arena Sunday, February 24 for Women In Sports Day. 
• Three Greyhounds scored double figures, including Alyssa Sutherland , Nneka Offodile , and Kara Marshall . Marshall led Loyola with 12 points, while Sutherland had a team-high four assists and three steals. Katie Sheahin grabbed a team-high nine boards and one block. 
• Marist maintained the lead for the entire contest, as Loyola trailed by as much as 26 points in the final minute of action. 
• The Greyhounds led in second chance points, 8-6, while the Red Foxes scored 14 fast break-points to Loyola’s four. 
Steph Smith played a season-high 24 minutes, tying her career-best with two field goals made. Sutherland tied her career-best, making two shots from behind the arc. 

Scouting the Stags
• Fairfield rose to 11-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, after a win at Canisius, 67-56, Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center. 
• Junior Christelle Akon-Akech tied her career-high with 14 points against the Golden Griffins, while Katie Cizynski posted her eighth double-double of the year. 
• Fairfield ranks fourth in the MAAC with 85 made three-point field goals. The Stags average 5.3 per game. 
• Alexys Vazquez leads the conference in three-point field goals made. This season the junior connected on 37 baskets from behind the arc. 
• Cizynski leads the Stags on the scoreboard, averaging 12.0 points per game, while also leading the team rebounding effort with 8.2 boards per game. 

Series with Fairfield
• Fairfield leads the series, 35-18, over 25 years of matchups. 
• Last season the two team split the series, as Loyola won 55-48 in Reitz, and Fairfield won, 44-42, on Feb. 24, 2012. 
• It has been nearly two months since the teams meet up in Connecticut, opening the 2013 conference season in Alumni Hall January 4.
• A win Friday night would give the Greyhounds a one-game advantage in Reitz Arena. The two teams are knotted 12-12 at Loyola. 
• Earlier this season the Greyhounds dropped the conference season opener, despite a strong showing by rookie Tiffany Padgett . The freshman center made her first collegiate-start recording her first double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Katie Sheahin led all scorers with 17 points and three steals.    

Up Next
• Loyola finishes the regular season with a trip to Saint Peter’s University, Sunday, March 3. Tip is set for 4 p.m. 

Senior Night
• Tonight the Greyhounds will recognize five seniors, including Alyssa Sutherland , Candice Walker , Katie Sheahin , and the two managers Erin Ferry and Katie Podlovits.
• The seniors have made an impact on the program, topping school records in four separate categories, while placing in the top-five for a number of other honors. 

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola is currently ranked eighth in the MAAC, going 5-11 in 16 contests. 
• With more than 125 thefts, the Greyhounds are tied for sixth in the MAAC recording 139 steals this season. The team shares the spot with Rider University.  
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 2.9 per game, while taking the number five spot in defensive rebounds. 
• After a program-breaking performance against Manhattan, junior Nicole Krusen ties for fifth overall in the MAAC with 30 successful three-point field goals. The guard is making 41 percent of her attempts from downtown, a percentage good enough for second place. 
• Teammate Nneka Offodile ranks twelfth with 12 blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference ranked ninth in offensive rebounds. 
• Also finishing in the top-10, Alyssa Sutherland and Kara Marshall tie for ninth among conference foes, helping their teammates with 45 assists, an average of 2.8 a contest.
• Loyola was picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Greyhounds finished only 16 points behind Niagara University. In a unanimous vote, the seven-time defending champion Marist College Red Foxes took first.  
• The Greyhounds are 194-204 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 74-68 under Head Coach Joe Logan .
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 118-80 at home against the MAAC, including 42-28 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 76-119 on the road against the MAAC, including 32-41 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.0 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• The Brookeville, Md. native grabbed the top spot in three program records, breaking the steals ceiling by more than 75 thefts. 
• Sheahin matched what was her career-best twice this season, going 8-8 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Maryland (11/11/12) and Army (12/10/12), but a month later the senior made nine free throws against Rider (1/13/13), a career-high for the senior guard.
• The guard enters her final season as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, earning a spot on the preseason conference first team. 
• Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She was the fourth player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and former teammate Miriam McKenzie.
• Sheahin scored 20-plus points three times last season, including back-to-back games against George Washington and American. She tied her career-high with 28 points at George Washington. This season Sheahin looks to break her 20-plus point game single-season record, as the guard scored 20-plus points in five games during the 2013-13 calendar year.  

New Kids on the Block
• All four freshmen made their collegiate debut in the season opener against the Hartford Hawks Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. 
Diana Logan was the first rookie to score double digits against UMBC Nov. 17, 2012. The guard went 4-8 from the field, connecting on one basket from downtown. Three weeks later, Logan would record a repeat performance, posting 10 points against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Logan has posted double figures five times this season. 
• Center Tiffany Padgett scored a double-double in the conference season opener, recording 10 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. The Laurel, Md., native was the first rookie to record a double-double during the 2012-13 season, and leads the team in single game boards, grabbing 14 this season against the Canisius Golden Griffins. 
• The freshmen class has played 1,119 minutes, scoring 275 points in 27 games. 

Toeing the Line
• During the non-conference schedule, the Hounds averaged 14.8 free throws per game. In MAAC play, the Greyhounds have averaged 15.4 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 166 of its 246 tries. 

She’s Making the List...and Checking it Twice
• Senior guard Katie Sheahin was named the 2011-12 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
• It was the second-straight year Sheahin earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
• In 2011-12, Sheahin led the conference with 3.4 steals per game, recording 102 total thefts, the second-most in school history.
• She also ranked fourth in blocks at 1.1 per game, turning back 34 last season.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 8-4 at Reitz Arena this year, and 5-3 in conference play.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 59-41 on the home hardwood.

And the Award Goes To...
Katie Sheahin was the first Greyhound to receive MAAC weekly honors during the 2012-13 season. The senior guard was awarded player of the week Dec. 17, 2012, after recording a season-high 25 points against Army in Christl Arena. 

Cruisin’ Down the Hardwood
• Junior Nicole Krusen broke Loyola’s single-game record on Friday, Feb. 15 2013 for the most three-point field goals made, connecting on seven of her 11 shots from downtown. In the same matchup, Krusen scored a career-high 21 points, the first 20-plus point game of her career. The Rockville, Md., native made seven shots from the field, while also grabbing three defensive boards against the Manhattan College Jaspers. 
• Earlier in her junior season, Krusen recorded her first double-duble against the UMBC Retrievers Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The guard posted 15 points and 10 boards, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• The junior leads the Greyhounds in shots from the line, connecting on 11 of 13 attempts from the charity stripe this season, her career-percentage ties for first at .857. 
• From three-point range, Krusen ranks second in the conference making 41 percent of her shots from downtown. She is also tied for fifth in three-point field goals made.
• Krusen led the Loyola reserves last season with 3.9 points per game. The six-foot guard connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts in 2011-12, leading the team at 34.4-percent.   

Moving Forward
• In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland , averaging 7.9 points per game.
• The senior forward averages 5.8 boards a contest, ranked third on the team in the rebounding effort. 
• Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games, recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
• With one more game under her belt, the post player will rank second with the most games played in program history. She is currently tied with four other Greyhounds with 120 career games. 
• With Sutherland’s start at Iona College, the senior took the top spot with the most starts in Loyola history. 
• Sutherland ranks seventh in program history with 191 steals, needing two more thefts to take the sixth place spot. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 11-13, or 85 percent, while Kara Marshall follow close behind at .769.
• Six Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those six, they have accomplished the feat 17 times.  
• On Nov. 20, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 92 percent from the free-throw-line, making 12 of their 13 attempts against the Navy Midshipmen. 
• In 2011-12, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts.
• The percentage ranked as the fifth-highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.

Double Digit Divas
• Eight Greyhounds have tabbed double-digit points this season, scoring a combined 1,370 points. 
Katie Sheahin started the 2012-13 season where she ended last season. The senior scored in double-figures in 11-straight games to end the 2011-12 season. This year Sheahin posted double figures for the first five games, 18 total during her senior year. 
• Two rookies scored double figures, including Diana Logan who scored 10 points after only two collegiate contests. Tiffany Padgett was the first freshman to record a double-double in the conference season opener at Fairfield University.
• Forwards Alyssa Sutherland and Nneka Offodile recorded double figures for the Greyhounds, while guard Kara Marshall recorded a game-high 18 points at Manhattan Jan. 18, 2013.
• Junior Nicole Krusen scored double-digits thanks to her strength behind the arc, shooting a program-best seven three-point field goals versus Manhattan, five at UMBC, and four against Saint Peter’s.
Nai Brown recorded her first collegiate-double figure score on Play 4Kay night, Friday, Feb. 16, 2013.  

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 119-122 career record. He has led Loyola to two MAAC Title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• 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 in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Alisha Mosley , Jill Glessner , Keith Booth , and Director of Basketball Operations Erica DiClemente .