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Women's Basketball Set To Embark On First Round Of PL Tournament

March 3, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette College Leopards | Patriot League Championships
Date Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Easton, Pa. | Kirby Sports Center
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ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola University Maryland is in its 43rd season as a women’s basketball program, and its 33rd 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 MAAC record of 196-205 in conference games. During that time, Loyola claimed two MAAC Tournament Championships, in 1993 and 1994.

LOYOLA QUICK HITS
• Loyola will play in the first round of the 2015 Patriot League Tournament Wednesday evening, as the Greyhounds take on the Lafayette College Leopards at 7 p.m.
• Junior Colleen Marshall earned second-team All-Patriot League honors, while freshman Bri Betz-White was named to the league’s all-rookie team.
• The Greyhounds are averaging 53.7 points on the road this season and shooting a better percentage from behind the arc (29.3 percent) than inside Reitz Arena.
• Loyola has handled the ball better than its opponents in seven of the last eight contests, as the Greyhounds have recorded fewer turnovers and more steals than their Patriot League opponents.  
• Loyola was 5-1 at home when holding its opponent to less than 55 points or less.
Marshall scored 10-plus points in 13 of the 18 Patriot League contests this season, including a career-high 35 points against Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 14. 

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola scored the second half’s first nine points to turn a 29-22 deficit into a two-point advantage, but Navy came back to hold off the Greyhounds for a 59-50 decision Saturday night at Alumni Hall.
• The lead changed hands eight times in the first half before the Midshipmen scored eight of the stanza’s last 10 points to build a seven-point advantage at the break.
Nai Brown gave the Greyhounds a final advantage, 33-32, at 16:49, but Taylor Dunham pulled up for a jumper at 16:19, and Navy regained the lead for good.
• Brown led all scorers with a season-high 18 points, and Jeneh Perry logged her second career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
• Loyola did have a 44-33 advantage in the rebounding column. In addition to Perry’s 13, Kara Marshall grabbed a career-high 10 boards for the Greyhounds.

ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS
• Prior to the start of the tournament, junior Colleen Marshall was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and freshman Bri Betz-White was voted to the rookie team.
• Marshall leads the team in points and steals, while ranking 31st nationally with 2.6 steals per game.
• Betz-White earned Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week honors twice this season, and is second on the team in points.
• Marshall became the ninth Greyhound under head coach Joe Logan to earn an all-league honor, while Betz-White was the eighth rookie to be coached by Logan to earn the post-season award. 

TOURNAMENT TIME
• Loyola enters the Patriot League Championships as the No. 9 seed and will face the eighth-seeded Lafayette College Leopards. The Greyhounds finished the regular season 5-13 in the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds are making their second appearance in the Patriot League Championships after joining the conference prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. Last year, Boston University defeated Loyola, 40-35, in the first round
• Prior to joining the Patriot League, Loyola competed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for 24 years.
• The Greyhounds compiled a 24-22 overall record in the MAAC Championships, and a 7-18 record when selected as the lower seed.
• Loyola took the MAAC tournament title in 1994 and ‘95 under head coach Pat Coyle. 

LOYOLA IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
• Loyola ranks second in the league in steals with 260 (9.0 per game). The Greyhounds are led by junior Colleen Marshall who averages 2.6 per game (the most in the Patriot League).
• Marshall is seventh in the league in points, averaging 13.3 per game, while classmate Jeneh Perry is eighth in the league in total rebounds (6.8 rpg) and first in offensive boards (3.3 rpg).

DOWNTOWN DIVAS
• After an East Carolina game on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2015, where Loyola did not record a single 3-point field goal for the first time since 2006, the Greyhounds recorded 10 3-point field in contests against Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, and in the season opener at the College of William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.
• The 10 3-pointers made is tied for seventh best in Loyola’s single-game record books.
Colleen Marshall scored a career-high 35 points and tied a school record with seven 3-pointers, leading Loyola to a 66-55 victory over Boston University. Former Greyhound Nicole Krusen also holds the record, hitting seven treys versus the Manhattan College Jaspers on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
• In the season opener, Marshall, Bri Betz-White and Diana Logan contributed two or more baskets from behind the arc to total an impressive 10 3-pointers made against the Tribe. 

MARSHALL SCORES 35 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER BU
Colleen Marshall scored a career-high 35 points and tied a school record with seven 3-pointers Saturday afternoon, leading Loyola to a 66-55 victory over Boston University Saturday, Feb. 14, in Reitz Arena.
• Boston University went up four, 28-24, with the first basket of the second half, but Marshall sparked a 20-4 run with her sixth 3-pointer of the contest, which put the Greyhounds in front for the remainder of the contest.
• Marshall became the first player since Patty Stoffey (1991-95), Loyola’s all-time leading scorer, to score as many as 35 points in a game. Stoffey, who remains the state of Maryland’s all-time leading scorer in both men’s and women’s college basketball, scored 35-or-more points six times during her career with the Greyhounds.
• In going 7-of-11 from 3-point range, Marshall tied Nicole Krusen’s 2013 record for 3-pointers made in a game.
• Marshall became the first Greyhound since Jennifer Mitchell in 2001 to score 30-plus  points in a single contest. Mitchell tallied 30 points against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 24, 2001.

500 WINS
• On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Loyola recorded its 500th program victory, defeating College of the Holy Cross, 57-51, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
• In 43 seasons, the Greyhounds have compiled more than 500 victories.
• Head coach Joe Logan was a part of 40.6 percent of the 500 wins during his 10 years at the helm of the Greyhounds and his four years as an assistant coach for head coaches Pat Coyle (1997-98) and Cindy Anderson (1998-01).

PERRY ON THE BOARDS
• Not only does Jeneh Perry lead Loyola in rebounds, but the junior forward has also grabbed the most offensive boards in the Patriot League (3.3 per game), this season.
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee native averages 6.8 total rebounds per game, 11th most in the league.
• Perry has helped Loyola record 225 total second-chance points, including 147 in the Patriot League.

PICK POCKET
• For the 12th-straight week, junior Colleen Marshall leads the Patriot League in steals, averaging 2.6 per game.
• On the national scale, Marshall ranks 31st amongst NCAA Division I women’s basketball players, averaging more steals than players from the American Conference’s University of Connecticut and the SEC’s University of Tennessee.
• With her help, Loyola is second in the Patriot League in steals (260 total), only trailing the United States Naval Academy with 270.
• The junior transfer helped the Greyhounds force 316 turnovers in Patriot League play, including 24 against the Colgate University Raiders on Saturday, Feb. 21.
• Marshall and the Greyhounds have accumulated 164 steals against conference opponents, scoring 305 points off opposing team’s misfortunes. Comparatively, challengers have recorded only 218 points off of Loyola’s turnovers.   

LIDS TEAM SPORTS WEEKLY HONORS
• Freshman Bri Betz-White earned Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time in her career after scoring a career-high 23 points on Saturday, Jan. 17, in a win over Boston University, 63-53.
• Betz-White became the first freshman since Kara Marshall in 2012 to score 20-plus points in a single contest.
• The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania native earned her first weekly honor after scoring 19 points on Saturday, Dec. 20, in Loyola’s victory over Saint Peter’s University, 59-49.
• The rookie guard sparked a 23-0 second-half run for the Greyhounds with a 3-pointer with 12:13 to go in regulation.
• She scored seven of her 12 second-half points during the stretch that saw Loyola go up by 11 with just over three minutes remaining before the final horn.
• Junior Jeneh Perry was also included among the week’s honorable mentions.

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
• Loyola’s defense has shown a big presence in Patriot League play this season.
• In 18 games, the Greyhounds have forced 316 turnovers, including 24 against the Colgate University Raiders on Saturday, Feb. 21.
• Loyola has accumulated 164 steals against conference opponents, scoring 305 points off opposing team’s misfortunes. Comparatively, challengers have recorded only 218 points off of Loyola’s turnovers.   

LOYOLA KNOCKS OFF LEHIGH
• Loyola used perimeter shooting and a strong defensive presence to hand Lehigh University its first Patriot League loss of the season, 64-52, Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
• Junior Diana Logan led the Greyhounds with a career-high 20 points, while classmate Colleen Marshall recorded her fourth-straight game in double digits, scoring 11 points. Sophomore Lauren Daugherty led the team in rebounds, grabbing a career-high 10 boards.
• Lehigh entered the contest as the leading Patriot League women’s basketball program in 3-point field goal percentage. The Mountain Hawks were shooting 37 percent from behind the arc, but Loyola held Lehigh to only one trey in 14 attempts. The Greyhounds also held the Mountain Hawks to their lowest overall scoring output of the season, scoring only 52 points on Saturday. Previously, Lehigh averaged 76.0 points per game.

CONFERENCE OPENER 
• The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team used a 7-2 run in the final two minutes to hold off Navy, 55-49, at Reitz Arena in both squads’ Patriot League opener.
Colleen Marshall paced Loyola with 13 points, and junior Nai Brown came off the bench scoring 10 points. Senior Steph Smith led all players with seven rebounds and sophomore Lisa Mirarchi finished with a game-high five assists and four steals.
• Loyola’s defense dominated the first half, as the Greyhounds kept Navy off the board for nearly seven minutes following the team’s first two field goals.
• The Greyhounds used a 12-2 run in the first half to maintain control of the lead for the remainder of the contest.
• Navy, the 2013-14 Patriot League regular-season champion, slowly picked away at Loyola’s lead, but was unable to top the Greyhounds in the 2014-15 conference opener.
• Loyola’s defense forced 21 Navy turnovers, scoring 22 points of the Mids’ misfortunes.
• Both teams knocked down six 3-point field goals, while the Greyhounds outshot the Midshipmen, 34.9 – 32.0 percent.

20+-UNANSWERED POINTS
• Behind a 23-0 second-half run, Loyola defeated former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-foe Saint Peter’s University, 59-49, Saturday, Dec. 20, in Reitz Arena.
• Loyola trailed by as much as 12 points early in the second half before Bri Betz-White hit a 3-point field goal that sparked the game-winning run. Following the matchup, Betz-White earned Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week Honors for her performance against the Peacocks.
• Throughout the streak, Loyola’s defense held the Peacocks scoreless for almost 11 minutes, as the Greyhounds’ offense turned a 42-30 deficit into a 53-42 advantage by the 1:13 mark.
• The last time Loyola scored 20-plus unanswered points was on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, against Lehigh University in Reitz Arena.

THROUGH THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
• Loyola opened the 2014-15 campaign with five-straight road games against strong non-conference opponents.
• In the season opener, Loyola faced a College of William & Mary team that was picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe is aligned in a conference with tough league opponents such as James Madison University, a team receiving AP Top 25 votes, the University of Delaware and Drexel University.
• Loyola returned to the state of Maryland to take on UMBC, a team that averaged 60.8 points in the month of November, including two 80-plus point games to open the season.
• The Greyhounds closed out the month of November with matchups against BIG EAST, Big Ten and ACC teams.
• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• Junior Colleen Marshall led the team in points, scoring double-figures in three of the first five matchups. The junior transfer led the league in steals at the end of November, averaging 2.6 per game. Junior Jeneh Perry grabbed a team-best 42 rebounds during that time, ranked fourth in the Patriot League with 8.4 rpg.
• Four Greyhounds shot over 30-percent from behind the arc, led by freshman Bri Betz-White (8-for-20).

STRONG SHOWING AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED MARYLAND
• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• The Greyhounds held the Terrapins within single digits for a majority of the first half, closing the stanza down by only 12 points. Maryland returned from the break and used a 16-2 run in the second half to ultimately win the contest, 65-43.
• Loyola held the Terps to only 15 offensive rebounds and allowed only 12 second-chance points.
• Sophomore Lisa Mirarchi scored a game-best 15 points, shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the XFINITY Center. 

STRONG NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
• Four of Loyola’s 11 non-conference games were against teams that qualified for postseason play last year, including one NCAA Final Four team.
• The University of Maryland qualified for its 22nd postseason tournament and fourth NCAA Final Four appearance in program history. The Terrapins ultimately fell to Notre Dame, 87-61, in the national semifinals in Nashville, Tennessee.
• For the second-straight year, Mount St. Mary’s accepted a bid into the WNIT tournament, dropping a first round tournament game to Duquesne, 62-52.
• George Washington and East Carolina met in the first round of the WNIT Tournament, with the Colonials advancing over the Pirates in an 86-68 decision. George Washington went on to advance to the third round, dropping a game to South Florida on Thursday, March 27 (74-59).

HOME SWEET HOME
• Loyola is 272-230 all-time at home.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 67-62 overall record on the home hardwood, in 10 seasons.
• Loyola returned to Reitz Arena after playing every game in the month of November on the road.
• On the flip side, the Greyhounds hosted seven-straight home games in December. 

FOR STARTERS
• Led by Colleen Marshall’s 28 points, Loyola’s starting five (Marshall, Bri Betz-White, Lisa Mirarchi, Steph Smith and Jeneh Perry ) scored 59 points, and several of them were key during the first half when the Greyhounds ended the period with a one-point lead against William & Mary in the season opener.
• The 2013-14 Patriot League All-Rookie Team selection, Mirarchi scored the first basket of the 2014-15 season.
• Three possessions later, rookie guard Betz-White set the tone for the Greyhounds, scoring her first career points by grabbing an offensive board and pulling it back behind the arc for the team’s first 3-point field goal of the contest. The squad went on to record 10 total treys, tied for seven most in program single-game history.
• The starters also contributed 19 of the Greyhounds’ 26 rebounds with Perry leading the team with 13. She was one point shy of recording her first career double-double. 

MARSHALL MATTERS
• Junior Colleen Marshall led Loyola’s scoring effort in the season opener, recording a then career-high 28 points against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14.
• The junior transfer from East Carolina University, previously scored a career-high nine points against the United States Naval Academy on November 30, 2012.
• The last time a Loyola newcomer had 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first game of the season was on November 28, 1995, when Jennifer Bongard scored 24 points at then Towson State. 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his 10th season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 133-170 career record. He has led Loyola to two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• With a 67-54 win at Siena College on January 7, 2012, Logan picked up his 101st win to record more wins than any other head coach in Loyola women’s basketball history.
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record 21 wins in 2010-11.
• On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Logan guided Loyola to its 500th program victory. He was a part of 40.6 percent of the 500 wins, including his 10 years at the helm of the Greyhounds and his four years as an assistant coach for head coaches Pat Coyle (1997-98) and Cindy Anderson (1998-01).
• Logan is assisted by Ryan Gensler , Sarah Jones, Katie Kuester and director of basketball operations Erin Shields .