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Patriot League Semifinal Versus Bucknell Friday For Women's Basketball

March 9, 2016

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Opponent Bucknell Bison | Patriot League Championships
Date Friday, March 11, 2016
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location West Point, N.Y. | Christl 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 will make its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championship Semifinals Friday night, when it faces Bucknell in Army West Point’s Christl Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the Lehigh-Army West Point matchup at 5 p.m. 
• On Monday, Loyola recorded its first-ever Patriot League Championship victory, defeating Navy, 44-42, in the quarterfinal round in Baltimore, Maryland.
• This will mark the first year since the 2010-11 season that the Greyhounds have played in a semifinal game. That year, Loyola went on to play for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, ultimately falling to Marist College, 63-45.
• With a record of 11-7 throughout the Patriot League regular season, Loyola earned the third seed and secured a bye for the first round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Championship.
• Loyola is 8-6 as the No. 3 seed in conference championships, while going 6-6 all-time in the semifinal round.
The Greyhounds have put together five-straight victories for the first time since the 2011-12 season when Loyola won six-consecutive MAAC games through the months of January and February.
  Seniors Colleen Marshall and Jeneh Perry were named to All-Patriot League teams at the close of the regular season. Marshall garnered spots on both the first team and All-Defensive Team, while Perry was voted to the League’s third team.
• Marshall, a unanimous first-team selection, became Loyola’s first-ever All-Patriot League First Team honoree and the first Greyhound to earn first-team honors since 2012. She was also the only League player to earn a spot on the first team and the defensive team after picking up All-Patriot League Second Team accolades last season.
• Perry, making her first-ever appearance on an all-League team, became Loyola’s first forward to earn an all-conference honor since Lauren Troupe (2002-06) garnered All-MAAC First Team accolades in 2005-06.

SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BUCKNELL
• Loyola is looking for its first win against Bucknell since joining the Patriot League in 2013-14, as the Bison hold a 6-0 advantage in League matchups.
• Bucknell also leads the all-time series that dates back to 1983, 11-5. 
• In the last meeting, senior Jeneh Perry broke Loyola’s career record for offensive rebounds, but the Greyhounds fell to Bucknell, 64-42, in Reitz Arena.
• Loyola didn’t look back after its loss to the Bison, as the Greyhounds began a five-game winning streak which they carry into Friday’s semifinal-matchup.
• Prior to joining the League, Bucknell and Loyola traded games each season, winning each respective road game.

LAST TIME OUT
• Senior Colleen Marshall drove the length of the floor and pulled back for the game-winning field goal as time expired to give Loyola a 44-42 victory over Navy in the quarterfinal round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Championship Friday night in Reitz Arena.
Marshall’s game-winning jumper was featured on SportsCenter Top 10 that night and the following morning.
• With the win, the Greyhounds recorded their first-ever postseason victory as a member of the Patriot League.
Loyola trailed by as many as 14 points, 23-9, in the second quarter, but the Greyhounds’ defense held Navy to less than 10 points in the final three frames to push ahead and take a fourth-quarter lead.
• Loyola shot 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the floor in the final frame.
• Senior Jeneh Perry and sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 13 points each, while the pair grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively. Graduate student Steph Smith dished out four assists, while Marshall recorded seven points, three assists and three steals.

LOYOLA IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
• On Monday, Loyola recorded its first-ever championship win as a member of the League, defeating Navy, 44-42.
• For the first time since joining the League in 2013-14, Loyola finished third and earned a bye for the first round of the championships. Prior to this year, Loyola had only played in the first round of the tournament, falling 58-46 last year to Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania and 40-35 at Boston University the previous season.
• The winner of Friday’s Loyola-Bucknell matchup will go on to the championship game to face the winner of the Army-Lehigh game on Saturday at 6 p.m. The title game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Leah Secondo on the call.