Women's Basketball To Take On Manhattan In First Round

March 6, 2013

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Opponent Manhattan Jaspers | MAAC Championships Central
Date Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time 2 p.m.
Location Springfield, Mass. | MassMutual Center
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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 389 points, 176 rebounds, 80 assists, and 71 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 231 points. 
Nneka Offodile leads the Loyola from the floor, shooting a team-high 48 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from behind the arc, making a team-high 48 shots from downtown, and setting a school record with seven three-point field goals in one contest. The junior is second in the MAAC, shooting 41 percent against other conference teams. 
• Loyola boasts a 11-3 record when outshooting its foe.
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds are 7-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage at 70 percent.
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 36 percent from the floor, and 28 percent from behind the arc. 
Katie Sheahin was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshmen Diana Logan and Tiffany Padgett were the second duo in program history to both be selected for the All-Rookie conference team.   

Game Info
• The No. 8 seed Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team will take on the No. 9 seed Manhattan College Jaspers in the 2013 MAAC Championship first round game on Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m.
• The game will be available to view via live stats on the conference website. 
• Loyola finished the regular season 12-17 overall and 7-11 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 
• This is the fifth time Loyola and Manhattan will meet in the MAAC Championships, and the second time in the first round. The Greyhounds are 1-0 in the first round against the Jaspers, and 3-1 overall in the tournament. 

Loyola In The MAAC Championships
• The Greyhounds are 24-21 all-time in the MAAC Tournament, winning the title in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995. 
• Head coach Joe Logan has led Loyola to a 7-7 record in seven trips. During his tenure, the Greyhounds have lost their first game in the tournament twice, both quarterfinal games in 2010 to Fairfield and 2012 to Niagara. 
• Loyola is 4-5 all-time in the first round, and 17-3 when playing a team of a lower seed. 

All-MAAC Honors
• Senior Katie Sheahin earned her fourth-consecutive All-MAAC honor, earning a spot on the All-MAAC Second Team. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year sits among good company in Katie Cizynski (FFD), Brittany Obi-Tabot (FFD), Joy Adams (ION), Casey Dulin (MAR), and Elizabeth Beynnon (MAR). 
• Freshmen Diana Logan and Tiffany Padgett became the second duo in program history to both earn All-MAAC Rookie Team honors in the same season. The pair became the ninth and tenth rookies to earn conference honors as freshmen, while being the fifth and sixth under head coach Joe Logan
• Logan and Padgett have the chance to win the Rookie of the Year honor, which will be presented Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. during the Postseason Awards Show.  

If The Greyhounds Win...
• If Loyola wins, the Greyhounds move onto the quarterfinals to take on the No. 1 seed Marist College Red Foxes. 
• The Greyhounds would improve to 4-1 against Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament. 
• Loyola would move to 5-5 in first round play, and 3-1 under coach Joe Logan .

Last Time They Met
• The Greyhounds broke two separate single-game program records, topping the Manhattan College Jaspers, 54-34, in Reitz Arena on Play 4Kay night. 
• Junior Nicole Krusen made seven three-point field goals, breaking the previous record of six recorded by Meredith Tolley at Navy, Nov. 19, 2009. 
• The Greyhounds also grabbed 58 rebounds, surpassing the previous team-high of 56 against Rider, February 5, 2003. 
• Sophomore Nai Brown contribute two additional three-point field goals, as the Greyhounds made nine shots from downtown against the Jaspers. The total tied for eigth in program history, while Krusen’s record-breaking seven-shots tied for second in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference history.
• For the second time in the month of February, Loyola held its component to less than 40 points in a single contest. 
• The rebounding effort was led by Katie Sheahin and Tiffany Padgett . The guard and center combined for 21 of the Greyhounds 58 boards. 
• Freshman Jeneh Perry grabbed a career-high five rebounds, while Alyssa Sutherland and Steph Smith each added six apiece. 
• Brown played a career-high 21 minutes, doubling her previous rebound record of two. The sophomore guard also matched her success from behind the arc, connecting on two shots from downtown, the last occurring at Syracuse on Dec. 8, 2012. Brown posted a career-high 10 points, the first double digit score of her career. 
• Both Sutherland and Kara Marshall tied their career-high six assists during the matchup. 
• Loyola and Manhattan each recorded 12 points in the paint, but the Greyhounds’ bench scored 18 points to the Jaspers’ zero.
• Monica Roeder led Manhattan with 14 points, while Alisson Skrec grabbed four steals in Reitz Arena.

A Look Back At The 2012 Tournament
• Last season the No. 4 seed Loyola Greyhounds took on the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles in the 2012 MAAC Championship Quarterfinals. 
• Loyola lost to Niagara, 77-63, finishing fourth in the MAAC with nine wins and nine losses. 
• Last year’s quarterfinal loss was the second first-game exit under head coach Joe Logan, and seventh in program history. 

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds ended the 2012-13 regular season on the road with a victory at Saint Peter’s University 57-45, Sunday, March 3 in the Yanitelli Center. The Greyhounds secured the No. 8 seed as Siena defeated the Canisius Golden Griffins in Buffallo, N.Y.
• Loyola shot a season-best 44.4 percent from the field, helping Loyola to a 7-3 record when shooting 40-49 percent. 
• The Greyhounds tied a season-high recording 13 steals against the Peacocks. Sunday’s contest marked the second time this season Loyola recorded 13 steals versus Saint Peter’s.
• Senior Katie Sheahin recorded her thirteen 20-plus point game, going 9-14 from the floor while connecting on three shots from downtown. After her performance, the senior gurad received MAAC Player of the Week honors for the final week of the regular season. 
Steph Smith tied a career-high, grabbing eight rebounds against Saint Peters, while making a career-best four trips to the free throw line, going 4-4 Sunday afternoon. Smith became the seventh Greyhound during the 2012-13 season to connect on one hundred percent of her shots from the line. 
• Loyola took its first lead of the contest after a Sheahin jumper with just over ten minutes left in the first half. The lead changed on three separate occasions during the first 20 minutes, as the Greyhounds entered the locker room with a two-point advantage. 
• During the first two and a half minutes of the second half, Loyola quickly extended the lead to 13, after Sheahin and Nicole Krusen combined for nine points, helping Loyola to a 36-23 lead. The Peacocks were unable to regain the lead for the remainder of the contest. 
• Loyola took its largest lead with just under five minutes to play in the second half. Alyssa Sutherland connected on a layup to put the Greyhounds up by 16, 51-35 in the Yanitelli Center.   

Scouting the Jaspers
• The Manhattan College Jaspers ended the 2012-13 regular season with a win at Niagara University, 61-52, Sunday, March 3. The Jaspers halted a seven-game loosing streak with the victory in Niagara University, N.Y.
• Manhattan is led by Monica Roeder, who averages 12.3 points per game. Toni-Ann Lawrence and Shayna Ericksen lead the rebounding effort, averaging more than six boards a contest. 
• This season, the Jaspers have grabbed 174 steals, averaging 9.7 per game against conference foes. The average ranks second amid other MAAC teams.  
• Manhattan ranks fourth among the MAAC in field goal percentage, as the Jaspers are making 37 percent of their shots from the floor. 
• Recently Roeder earned All-MAAC third team honors, while Ericksen tabbed a spot on the All-MAAC rookie team. 

Series with Manhattan
• This will be the 52nd matchup between Loyola and Manhattan, as the Greyhounds lead the series 27-24. 
• This season the two teams split the series, as Loyola lost to the Jaspers in Draddy Gymnasium 62-50, and won in Reitz Arena 54-34. 
• Loyola won eight of the last ten matchups between the two teams. 
• At neutral playing sites, the Greyhounds are 3-1, winning the last three contests in neutral territory. 

 Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola is currently No. 8 seed in the MAAC, going 7-11 in 18 contests. 
• With more than 150 thefts, the Greyhounds are sixth in the MAAC recording 159 steals this season.    
• After a record-breaking performance against Manhattan, junior Nicole Krusen is second in the conference, making 41 percent of her three-point field goal attempts. The guard is tied for fifth in made three’s recording 32 baskets in 18 conference matchups. Junior guard Ashley Durham of Canisius shares the spot with Krusen. 
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 2.9 per game, while taking the number five spot in defensive rebounds. Overall, Sheahin ranks ninth in scoring offense among all other MAAC foes.
• Teammate Nneka Offodile is tied with Niagara’s Lauren Gatto with 15 blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference ranked tenth in offensive rebounds. 
Kara Marshall and Alyssa Sutherland are lending their teammates a helping hand, ranked in the top 15 among conference rivals with 52 and 48 assists, respectively.   
• The Greyhounds are 196-205 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 76-68 under Head Coach Joe Logan .
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 118-83 at home against the MAAC, including 44-28 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 78-122 on the road against the MAAC, including 32-40 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.4 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 80 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 entered 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 six 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. Padgett averages 4.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
• The freshmen class has played 1,164 minutes, scoring 283 points in 29 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 15.2 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 183 of its 275 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 9-4 at Reitz Arena this year, and 6-3 in conference play.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 60-41 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. 
• Sheahin ended her regular season career with MAAC Player of the Week honors, after leading the Greyhounds to a 2-0 victory in the final week of the regular season. The Brookeville, Md., native averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds. Sheahin recorded her seventh double-double in her final performance at Reitz Arena, against the Fairfield Stags, breaking the Senior Night curse. Two days later, she tabbed her thirteenth 20-plus point game, scoring 23 points against the Saint Peter’s Peacocks. This was Sheahin’s fifth player of the week award throughout her career in the green and grey jersey. 

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 13 of her 15 attempts from the charity stripe this season, her career-percentage is number one in program history, at 86.5 percent.
• 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 8.0 points per game.
• The senior forward averages 5.1 boards a contest, ranked second on the team in the rebounding effort. 
• Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games, recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
• The 6’1” forward tied her career-high while scoring a season-best 18 points on Senior Night against the Fairfield Stags, in her final performance in Reitz Arena.
• After senior night, the post player ranks second with the most games played in program history. In her four years in the green and grey uniform, she has played 122 games for head coach Joe Logan.
• With Sutherland’s start at Iona College, the senior took the top spot with the most starts in Loyola history. 
• Sutherland ranks fifth in program history with 195 steals, needing four more thefts to take the fourth place position. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 13-15, or 87 percent, while Kara Marshall and Diana Logan follow close behind at 75 percent.
• Seven Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those seven, they have accomplished the feat 19 times this season.  
• 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 1,393 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, 20 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.
Alyssa Sutherland tied her career-high shooting a season-best 18 points against the Fairfield Stags on Senior Night for her final appearance in Reitz Arena. 
Nneka Offodile recorded double figures in three consecutive conference contests, while guard Kara Marshall recorded a game-high 18 points at Manhattan Jan. 18, 2013.
• Junior Nicole Krusen scored double-digits on multiple occassions 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 121-122 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 .