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Women's Basketball Faces Off Against Virginia Sunday

March 19, 2011

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Baltimore, Md. - Loyola University Maryland will host the University of Virginia Cavaliers in the Second Round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Sunday, March 20, in Reitz Arena. Tip- off is set for 4:00 p.m.

FAST TRACK TO THE GREYHOUNDS

•Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin hit a three point shot with 3.1 seconds left to help the Greyhounds defeat Old Dominion in the First Round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament in Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday.

•With a win over Old Dominion, The Greyhounds picked up their 21st win, matching the program's record set by the 1998-1999 team.

•Sheahin had a game-high, 27 points in the win, scoring 11 of those points over the final eight minutes of the game.

•Over Loyola's last seven games, Sheahin has an average of 18.9 points, 3.85 steals, and 7.3 rebounds.

•This is the second time Sheahin led Loyola back from a late-game deficit. She scored her career-high, 28 points, on February 25, when the Greyhounds erased a 17 point deficit to beat Iona, 63-60, in overtime.

•Sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland had a flawless shooting performance against the Lady Monarchs, going 3-for-3 from the floor.

•Graduate student Erica DiClemente had 16 points in Wednesday's win, while fellow senior Meredith Tolley hit three shots from the perimeter for nine points.

•In the MAAC Championship game, McKenzie knocked down a three-pointer at the 16:39 mark of the first half to score her 1,000th career point.

•DiClemente now holds the record for games played, appearing in 129 games over her five years at Loyola.

•She has also scored 1,114 points and is now 9th on Loyola's All-Time scoring list.

•Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as announced at the conference's annual Awards Reception.

•Three Greyhounds also earned post season accolades: McKenzie was named to the All-MAAC First Team while both Sheahin and DiClemente were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

•Sheahin and McKenzie were named to the 2010-2011 Spark Energy Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team during the award ceremony following the Championship game.

Series History

Today is only the fourth meeting between Loyola and Virginia in women's basketball. The Cavaliers have won in all three of their previous contests against Loyola. The two teams met for the first time in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 1994, but have not played since 2000.

WHO ARE THE HOOS?

Virginia defeated Morgan State in its first round game at home on Thursday night, 69-56 to advance to today's second round match up against the Greyhounds. The Cavaliers are 17-15 on the year and had a 5-9 record in the ACC this season. The Cavaliers were the eighth seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and lost to Wake Forest in the first round, 74-68.

Virginia is led by Ariana Moorer who averages 9.4 points per game and Ataira Franklin with 9.2 points per game.

Head Coach Debbie Ryan is in her 34th season with the Cavaliers.

Last Time Out

Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin drained a three-point shot with just over three seconds left to lift the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team to a 67-65 win over Old Dominion in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

With 20 seconds remaining in the game and trailing by one, Sheahin knocked down a fade away three-pointer to give Loyola a two point lead, 67-65, with just 3.1 seconds left on the clock.Old Dominion had one more opportunity to score but the shot bounced off the backboard to seal the victory for the Greyhounds.

Leading 31-29 at the intermission, Loyola opened up the second half scoring five straight points to extend its lead to seven, 36-29, in just over a minute.

The two teams continued to battle as neither team led by more than 5 in the contest.

Sophomore Alyssa Sutherland scored on an offensive rebound and graduate student Erica DiClemente added two free throws to give Loyola the edge, 64-63, with 2:22 remaining.

Old Dominion scored at the 1:03 mark to go up one, leading to Sheahin's game winning shot.

Sheahin led all scorers with 27 points and DiClemente also added 16 for Loyola.

Uncharted Territory

This is the first time in history that the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team has received a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament

The Greyhounds have not made a postseason appearance since the 1994 and 1995 teams captured MAAC tournament titles and made consecutive NCAA trips. The three postseason bids are the only three in school history.

What You Missed...The Greyhounds had a 20-12 record after suffering a defeat to nationally ranked Marist in the championship game of the 2010-2011 Spark Energy MAAC Basketball Championship. Loyola was seeded second in the tournament after posting a 15-3 conference record.

A Look Back at the MAAC Tournament

Quarterfinals-

Loyola vs. Canisius Junior guard Miriam McKenzie made a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the score at 49-49, sending the game to overtime, and Loyola outscored Canisius in overtime to defeat the Griffs, 68-53, MAAC Conference Quarterfinals.

Down three with 3.7 seconds to go, McKenzie took an inbounds pass from under Loyola's own basket, dribbled the floor and launched a 21-foot shot, sinking it to tie the score. Loyola held Canisius to just four points in overtime while scoring 19.

McKenzie finished with a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Sheahin chipped in 17. The Greyhounds, who made just 7-of-13 free throws in regulation, knocked down all 16 of their attempts at the charity stripe in overtime. Canisius cut Loyola's overtime advantage to five with 2:03 remaining on the clock, but the Golden Griffins did not score from that point forward, and the Greyhounds made 10 free throws in a row.

MAAC Semifinal-

Loyola vs. ManhattanJunior guard Miriam McKenzie hit her second straight late-game basket to put the Greyhounds up, 48-47, with just 38 seconds left, and the Loyola went on to defeat the Manhattan Jaspers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals, 60-57.

McKenzie once again pulled through late in the game for the Greyhounds, driving through the paint for the go-ahead lay-up with just 38 seconds left, to put Loyola up by one. After scoring six straight points for Manhattan, Wentworth missed a jumper on the following possession forcing the Jaspers to foul for another opportunity to get the ball back. The Greyhounds' graduate student guard Erica DiClemente knocked down two free throws to extend Loyola's lead to three with 11 seconds to go to seal the victory.

Loyola hit the first basket of the game as McKenzie drove the baseline for a reverse lay-up to put the Greyhounds up 2-0. Manhattan senior guard Abby Wentworth scored five straight and freshman guard Monica Roeder swished a three from the top of the arc to put the Jaspers ahead by two with 12:47 left to go. Over the next four minutes of the half, Loyola's backcourt took over as McKenzie and Sheahin combined for a 10-2 run that put the Greyhounds out in front, 18-12, for their largest lead. Over the next 5:46, Roeder single-handedly erased the Loyola advantage as she scored her third straight basket to put the Jaspers in front for the first time since the 12:38 mark. Manhattan outscored the Greyhounds 10 to 1 over the final 6:07 of half to go into the break with a 22-19 advantage.

Loyola was led by McKenzie, who scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Sheahin added 16 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Greyhounds.

MAAC ChampionshipLoyola took a nine-point lead early in the first half but Marist surged back to overcome the deficit and defeat the Greyhounds, 63-45, in the final round of the 2010-2011 Spark Energy Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

Loyola jumped out to a 12-3 lead only 4-minutes, 32-seconds into the contest. Marist hit its second field goal of the game but graduate student Erica DiClemente put in a layup for the Greyhounds to extend the lead back to nine, 14-5, at the 12:45 mark.

DiClemente and Sheahin scored back-to-back three pointers to give the Greyhounds a five point lead, 23-18, with 4:20 left in the half. The Red Foxes then scored seven straight points to take the lead at the half, 25-23. Marist scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half to go ahead, 41-27. Loyola managed to cut the lead to ten, 46-36, with 6:31 remaining in the game, but the Red Foxes outscored the Greyhounds, 11-4, over the final 3:38 to seal their seventh MAAC Tournament Championship

Loyola was led by Sheahin who scored with 17 points and DiClemente tallied 11 for the Greyhounds.

Loyola in MAAC Championship GamesThe Greyhounds have appeared in six MAAC Championship games since joining the league in 1989. Loyola has a 2-4 record in MAAC title games. The Greyhounds made their 12th trip to the MAAC Semifinals this season. Loyola improved its overall record to 6-6 in Semifinal games as they beat Manhattan, 60-57, in this year's match up.

Loyola had only entered the MAAC Tournament as the second seed one other time in program history. The only other time the Greyhounds were seeded second was in 1994 when Loyola won its first MAAC Championship and advanced to a First Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Logan led the Greyhounds to an appearance in the MAAC title game in 2006, but has never won a conference championship.

Top 5-Most MAAC Championship AppearancesThe Greyhounds have appeared in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship Game six times. With six appearances in the finals, Loyola has appeared in the fourth most Championship games out of all 10 programs in the conference.

McKenzie's MilestoneWith a three pointer at the 16:36 mark first half of the MAAC championship game against Marist, junior guard Miriam McKenzie scored the 1,000th point of her career. She is just the second player in women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point mark as a junior. McKenzie has scored 462 of her 1,008 career points this season. McKenzie's 462 points this season ranks fifth on the all-time single season scoring list. While she is fifth on the list, McKenzie only trails one other Loyola women's basketball player, Pat Stoffey (1991-1995), who hold the top three spots. McKenzie's 501 points last season ranks fourth on the list, just above her point total so far this season.

Sheahin Is Loyola's First Defensive Player of the YearSophomore guard Katie Sheahin was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as announced at the conference's annual Awards Reception. She was one of five women's major award winners announced at the event held at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on the eve of the 2011 Spark Energy MAAC Championship.

Sheahin had seven takeaways in three games during the regular season and she led the conference with 110 steals. She also registered 1.1 blocks a game and grabbed an average of 5.8 rebounds. Sheahin was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year this season, the program's first-ever women's basketball player to garner the award. She was named MAAC Player of the Week twice during the season and was also named to the conference's All-Tournament Team following the Championship game in Bridgeport, Conn.

Not The Average Joebecome Loyola's all-time winningest head coach. Coach Logan, the 11th head women's basketball coach, is the second-winningest head coach on Loyola's all-time coaching register with a record of 96-87. He trails former Greyhounds coach Pat Coyle, who amassed 100 wins during her seven-year tenure at Loyola.Logan served as an assistant under Coyle from 1998-1999 and remained on staff for two more years under Cindy Griffin from 1999-2001. In his first year as an assistant under Coyle (1998-1999), Logan was part of the second of back-to-back seasons with 13-5 conference records. In his final season as an assistant, Loyola went 21-7 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC. The 21 wins set a new program record for wins in a single season, while the 13-5 MAAC record matched the record for most conference wins.

This year, Logan coached the Greyhounds to nine straight victories for only the second time in program history, matching the previous record set by the 1993-1994 women's basketball team for consecutive wins. This year's team finished 15-3 in the conference, the most conference wins in the regular season for either a men's or women's team in Loyola basketball history.

In his six years at the helm of the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball program, Logan has had seven players that have received All-MAAC team honors. Three players have been named to the All-MAAC first team: Lauren Troupe (2006), current assistant coach Jill Glessner (2007) and junior guard Miriam McKenzie earned the honor for a second time this season (2010, 2011). Two players have earned All-MAAC Second team honors as graduate student guard Erica DiClemente and sophomore guard Katie Sheahin were selected for the honor this season. Two players have also been named All-MAAC Third Team during Logan's tenure: Krystle Harrington (2006) and Vika Sholokhova (2007).

Repeat OffendersAfter being named to the MAAC All-Rookie team her freshman year, DiClemente earned her second accolade from the conference as she was named to the All-MAAC Second Team following this season. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin was also named to the MAAC All-Rookie team following her freshman season at Loyola. This season, she was an All-MAAC Second Team selection, receiving a conference accolade in both of her first two seasons.

Junior guard Miriam McKenzie also received recognition from the conference for the second time in her career, earning a spot on the All-MAAC First Team in back-to-back years. The trio are the first Loyola players under Coach Logan to be recognized more than once in their career.

Catching The LeadersLoyola finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-11, the most regular-season wins since 2005-2006. With three post season wins, two in the MAAC Tournament and one in the WNIT, the Greyhounds move to 21-12 headed into the match up against Virginia. No women's basketball team has ever won more than 21 games. There have only been four other women's basketball teams to win 20 or more games at Loyola. In 1994-1995, the Greyhounds went 20-9 under Coach Patty Coyle to become the first team to hit the 20-win milestone and just three years later, in 1997-1998, Loyola repeated the task going 20-9 overall. In 1998-1999, current Head Coach Joe Logan served his first year as an assistant under Coach Coyle and played a role in the Greyhounds' most successful season in program history as Loyola finished with a record of 21-9. In 2005-2006, Coach Logan's first year as head coach of the Loyola women's basketball team, he went 20-10 to accomplish only the fourth season with 20 or more wins.

Tolley Cleans Up On The GlassSenior forward Meredith Tolley has corralled 563 rebounds and is now 14th on the all-time rebounding list. She has grabbed 183 rebounds in this season alone.

Krusen-in Through Her First YearFreshman guard Nicole Krusen entered Loyola with the reputation of being a sharp shooter and the newcomer lived up to the expectations in the first game of the season. She knocked down 2-of-3 from long distance, made 3-of-5 field goals and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the foul line in her collegiate debut against nationally ranked West Virginia on November 12. The freshman has been a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in her first year as a Greyhound.

Out with the Old in with the NewSophomore guard Katie Sheahin had 11 assists in the Greyhounds' victory over Mount St. Mary's on December 12, matching a 14-year-old single-game assist record set by Corey Hewitt against South Carolina on December 29, 1996. Sheahin also knocked down 11 points in the contest and collected her first double-double of the season.

While the sophomore has been busy dishing out passes to her teammates on the offensive end, she has also been one of the Greyhounds' toughest defensive players. Sheahin leads the MAAC this season with 115 takeaways. She has had seven steals three times this season.

Through Wednesday's games, Sheahin ranks second in the nation in steals per game, just below Oral Robert's Kevi Luper. Sheahin has already surpassed a 22-year-old record for steals in season set by Lori Schenning, who had 75 steals in 1989-1999. In only her second year at Loyola, Sheahin has already collected 168 steals. The current record was set by Schenning, who had 250 steals during her four years on the Greyhounds' women's basketball team.

Deadly CombinationSophomore guard Katie Sheahin and junior guard Miriam McKenzie led the Greyhounds back from a late-game deficit for the third time this season as Loyola defeated Canisius 68-53 in overtime.

McKenzie had her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and collecting 12 rebounds, while Sheahin added 17, including six points in overtime.

In Loyola's thrilling come-from-behind victory over Iona on February 25, Sheahin and McKenzie combined for a total of 51 points in the game.

Sheahin set a new career-high, scoring 28 points as she made 10-of-19 field goals and was nearly perfect hitting 6-of-7 free throws. She grabbed seven rebounds, had six assists, four steals, and a block despite playing just 33 of the game's 45 minutes. The sophomore forced the game into extra time as she took the ball coast-to-coast for a lay-up with 17 seconds left and converted two clutch free throws to tie the game at 71-71 with .2 seconds remaining.

McKenzie kept pace with her counterpart's performance as she matched her career-high with 23 for the third time in 13 days. For the second consecutive game, the Greyhounds had to overcome a double-digit deficit during their 83-80 overtime victory at Iona. The previous Monday, the Greyhounds fought back from a 14-point deficit to beat Manhattan, 60-45.

Tolley Tops The TriplesSenior forward Meredith Tolley has made 149 of her three-point shots during her career at Loyola. She is now the all-time leader for three-point field goals made and holds the career record for three-point field goals attempted as she currently has 446 attempts over her career. Tolley has 48 three-pointers so far this season and had made two or more, shooting an impressive 41 percent, in five straight games. She had a season-high four three-pointers against Saint Peter's College on February 6. The senior has also had at least one three-pointer in all but five games. She has been perfect from long range three different times this season . Tolley hit two big shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points to help the Greyhounds overcome a 14-point deficit on February 19 against Manhattan. In the win over Old Dominion in the first round of the WNIT, Tolley knocked down three perimeter shots to combine for all of her nine points.

Sutherland Sparks ComebackSophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland recorded the first double-double of her career in the Greyhounds' dramatic comeback victory over Manhattan, 60-45, on February 19. Sutherland, who scored the first eight points of the second half and 11 straight going back to the final sequence of the first half, ignited a 24-4 run that spanned both halves and helped the Greyhounds turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead over the Jaspers. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, made 6 of 10 field goals and was also four of five from the line, setting new career-highs in six categories. Sutherland has made 71 of 154 field-goal attempts this season and has the top shooting percentage on the team (.461). She is fifth in scoring on the team with an average of 6.2 points per game, fourth in rebounds with an average of 4.1 per game and second on the team in steals with 52.

Walker Saves The DayJunior guard Candice Walker rattled in a 12-foot jumper for her only basket of the game with 18.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Greyhounds a 67-64 MAAC home victory over Siena on February 12. She also had a crucial steal in Loyola's win over Iona. Walker stole the ball in the backcourt and passed it to McKenzie, who converted a traditional three-point play to put the Greyhounds within three,70-67, with just over a minute left. The play set Loyola up to tie score at the end of regulation and the Greyhounds outscored the Gaels 19-4 in overtime to win the game.

Never Say NeverThe Greyhounds' overtime victory at Iona on February 25 gave Loyola its 15th conference win of the year, the most-ever conference wins by a men's or women's team in school history. Coach Logan has been part of three of the four Loyola teams that have won 13 conference games or more. The Greyhounds went 13-5 in back-to-back seasons in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. Coach Logan served as an assistant coach under Pat Coyle, in 1998-1999, when the Greyhounds went 13-5 for the second consecutive season. In his first year as head coach of the women's basketball team at Loyola, Logan went 13-5 and this year he led the Greyhounds to 15 regular season conference wins to add the third and fourth seasons with 13-plus conference wins.

In Good CompanyWith a win over Fairfield on February 19, the current Loyola women's basketball team became the seventh women's basketball team in program history to win seven or more consecutive games. The Greyhounds had three back-to-back seasons with seven consecutive wins from 1976-1979 and two more from 1997-1999, which also occurred in back-to-back years. The win over Iona tied the 1993-1994 Loyola women's basketball team that won nine straight games before falling to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Clean SweepLoyola has swept the conference series against seven of its MAAC opponents this season, only falling to Saint Peter's College and Marist. On February 19, Loyola beat Fairfield, 70-56, to sweep the series against the Stags for just the second time in school history. The last time the Greyhounds swept the series against Fairfield was the 1995-1996 season. Before this season, Loyola had lost seven straight games in the series to the Stags.

The Big ThreeThe Greyhounds are the only team in the MAAC to have three players scoring in double figures. The "big three" are led by junior Miriam McKenzie, the team's leading scorer, who averages 14.0 points per game. McKenzie scored a career-high 23 points three times in just 13 days in February. She scored her career-high for the first time on February 12 to help the Greyhounds to an overtime victory against Siena and matched that performance February 19, at Fairfield. Her final 23-point performance came in Loyola's second overtime game of the season against Iona. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin has been dominating on both ends of the court this season as well. One of the Greyhounds' fiercest defenders, she ranks second in the nation with 3.5 steals per game and ranks second on the team in rebounds with an average of six per game. On the offensive end, Sheahin has been more than impressive, averaging 18.9 points over Loyola's last seven games. Graduate student Erica DiClemente averages 11. 8 points this season. She is ninth on Loyola's all-time scoring list, having accumulated 1,114 points over her career. DiClemente earned back to-back MAAC Player of the Week honors after scoring a career-high 23 points in consecutive games against Mount Saint Mary's and Maryland earlier this season. She is coming off a strong performance against Old Dominion as she hit the first five points for the Greyhounds and went on to score 16 in the game.

DiClemente Climbs The ChartsGraduate student Erica DiClemente surpassed the 1,000-point barrier with a lay-up at the 18:51 mark of the Greyhounds' game against Siena. DiClemente became the 18th player in Loyola women's basketball history to score 1,000 points and is now in ninth place on Loyola's all-time scoring chart with 1,114.

Reaching New HeightsLoyola matched new season-high marks for assists and blocked shots against Niagara on February 14. The Greyhounds swatted away seven of the Purple Eagles' shots and had 19 assists on 24 baskets to match the previous season-high marks set in both categories against Mount St. Mary's on December 11.

Greyhounds Rackin' Up The HonorsFor the second time this season, junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week by the conference on February 14. McKenzie tied her career-high of 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Greyhounds' overtime win against Siena on Saturday, February 12. This is the fifth time the conference selected a Loyola player for the MAAC weekly award, putting the Greyhounds in the lead for conference honors this season.

Conference PlayLoyola's best conference start was the 1993-94 and the 1997-98 seasons when the Greyhounds were 6-1. This season, Loyola started off conference play 6-1, before falling to Marist on January 24. The Greyhounds went on to win nine-straight for a program best 15 regular season conference wins and have now won two MAAC Tournament games to combine for 17 wins over conference opponents this season.

The next best record for a women's basketball team was in 1993-94, the Greyhounds opened conference 1-1 before finishing with a 12-2 regular-season MAAC record and winning three straight games in the conference tournament to finish with a combined 15 conference wins.

McKenzie Honored By MAAC Miriam McKenzie was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced January 24. McKenzie had a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win on the road against Siena. She recorded seven points and seven rebounds in the first half. In 37 minutes of play, McKenzie shot 43 percent from the field including 4-of-8 from the three point line. She was also perfect on 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. McKenzie also recorded an assist and a steal in the win. This award was the first for McKenzie this season and the fourth this season for a Loyola player.

Sheahin Named Player of the Week Katie Sheahin was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced January 3. Sheahin had a double-double for the Greyhounds in the win over Manhattan. She had a career-high 19 points, with 11 coming in the second half, and 10 assists. Against the Jaspers, Sheahin shot six-of-seven from the field including connecting on two three pointers and was five-of-six from the free-throw line. She had seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Against UMBC, Sheahin had 15 points with 13 coming in the second half. She also had a career high seven steals against the Retrievers. She shot six-of-12 from the field and two-of-two from the free-throw line. She had three rebounds and three assists.

AGAIN!For the second week in a row, Sheahin was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on January 10. Sheahin recorded 34 points, 11 steals, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Greyhounds in wins over Rider and Canisius during the first week in January. The Greyhounds played at Rider in their first game of the week and Sheahin scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds with six steals. After only chipping in four points in the first 20 minutes, Sheahin accounted for 16 of her 20 points in the second half of the game. She shot 80 percent from the free-throw line on four-of-five shooting and was a perfect two-of-two from the three-point line. At Reitz Arena against Canisius, she had 14 points, five steals and five assists. Sheahin shot 75 percent from the free-throw line.

DiClemente Honored Erica DiClemente was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced on December 13th. She scored 23 points in consecutive games against then-No. 22 Maryland and Mount St. Mary's. She set career-highs in points in the process. She shot 9-of-15 from the field against the Mount and led the Greyhounds to a 74-58 victory. She scored 15 of her points in the first half and finished the game 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line. She led Loyola with a season-high eight rebounds versus the Mountaineers. Against Maryland, she made 7-of-14 field goal attempts and knocked down 4-of-6 threes. She tallied 15 of her points after halftime against Maryland. In her five years at Loyola, this was the first time DiClemente has received this award.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES:

Junior First TeamJunior guard Miriam McKenzie was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team after earning All-MAAC First Team honors last season. She played in and started all 30 games, averaging 33.7 minutes a game and scoring 501 points, an average of 16.7 a game. She had 85 assists, 228 rebounds, 11 blocks and 35 steals.

All-Rookie to All-ConferenceSophomore Katie Sheahin was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team after earning MAAC All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman. She played in 24 games in her first year as a Greyhound, averaging 28.0 minutes a game and scoring 211 points, an average of 8.8 per contest. She shot 70-percent from the free throw line and had 110 rebounds. She also chipped in 41 assists, 21 blocks and 51 steals.

Exceeding ExpectationsLoyola was picked to finish third as voted by the preseason poll, however the Greyhounds not only lived up to the lofty expectations, they improved to a second-place finish after a program best 15-3 record in conference play this season. 14-16, 9-9 Last SeasonLast season, the Greyhounds were 14-16 and 9-9 in the conference after losing to Fairfield 70-66 in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 Citizens Bank Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Times Union Center, in Albany, N.Y. Miriam McKenzie led the way for Loyola last season averaging 16.7 points per game while playing an average of 33.7 minutes a game. She also led in rebounds having 228, an average of 7.6. Erica DiClemente averaged 10.7 points per game playing in a total of 1,029 minutes a game. She averaged 5.0 rebounds a game and shot 77-percent for the free-throw line.

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