2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Review

March 25, 2014


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The Greyhounds
• All 10 Greyhounds tallied points this season, while nine reached double figures in scoring. Nai Brown led Loyola with 380 points, followed by Nicole Krusen with 205.
Lauren Daugherty led Loyola from the floor, shooting a team-best 39-percent.
• Krusen led the squad from behind the arc, making a team-high 48 shots from downtown, and setting a school record for the most three's in program history. The senior guard leaves Loyola with 157 three-point field goals during her time in the green and grey uniform.
• Sophomores Jeneh Perry and Tiffany Padgett led the team in rebounds, averaging 5.5 and 5.4 boards per game, respectively.
Lisa Mirarchi and Brown became the first Greyhounds in women's basketball history to receive All-Patriot League honors following the team's inaugural season in the league. 

Looking Back
• The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team finished the 2013-14 season with a 5-25 overall record, going 2-16 in the Patriot League.
• Medical complications handed the Greyhounds a tough conference season, but Loyola emerged from the campaign with a positive outlook for the future.
• The underclassmen contributed over 50-percent of the Greyhounds rebounds, scoring 731 of the team's 1,596 points.
• Despite its struggles late in the year, Loyola showed in four of the last five games that while seniors Nneka Offodile and Nicole Krusen will be missed, a host of freshmen and sophomores are ready to step up and fill the void. In those selected contests, the underclassmen led in rebounds, points, assists, and steals.
• This season sophomores Jeneh Perry and Tiffany Padgett led the team with 5.5 and 5.4 rebounds per game, respectively.
• Junior Nai Brown led Loyola with 14.6 points per game. She also led the guards in rebounds (5.1 per game) and blocks (8). 

All-Patriot League Honors
• Two Greyhounds earned All-Patriot League postseason honors.
• Junior Nai Brown garnered her first postseason honor, after leading the team in points this season.
• Brown scored 20-plus points six times this year, posting a career-best 28 points against Boston University on January 19. She entered the Patriot League Championships sixth in the league in points (14.6 ppg).
• Freshman guard Lisa Mirarchi was named to the All-Rookie team, the seventh player to earn freshman honors under Head Coach Joe Logan .
• The West Chester, Pa., native led the team in steals and assists, finishing the regular season fourth and tenth, respectively, in the league. She scored double-digits in 11 games, recording a career-high 17 against the Patriot League Tournament Champions United States Military Academy on January 5.

Loyola Completes Inaugural Season In The Patriot League
• Loyola played in the Patriot League Championships for the first time after competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for each of the last 24 years.
• The Greyhounds compiled a 24-22 record in the MAAC tournament, 7-18 when selected as the lower seed.
• Loyola took the tournament title in 1994 and `95 under Head Coach Pat Coyle.
• In their inaugural season, the Greyhounds recorded a conference record of 2-16 in the Patriot League.
• Entering the tournament as the No. 10 seed, Loyola took on fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University in the first round from Case Gymnasium. The Terriers defeated the Greyhounds, 40-35, on Tuesday, March 4.
• The Greyhounds finished fourth among the league in steals, averaging 7.1 thefts per contest.

Sayonara Seniors
• Prior to the final home contest of the season against Navy, Loyola honored its two seniors. During their careers, Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile led the Greyhounds to 51 wins, a trip to the 2011 WNIT and the first postseason victory in school history, beating Old Dominion in the first round of the tournament.
• Leaving Loyola as one of the best shooters in program history, Krusen holds the program record for the most three-point field goals in school history. On Wednesday, February 19, Krusen hit her 151st three to pass Meredith Tolley for the most shots behind the arc in Loyola history. Last        season, Krusen also broke the record for the most three's in a single game, hitting seven shots against Manhattan College on February 15, 2013.
• A Kent, Ohio native, Offodile has been a leader on and off the court. She provides power in the post and leadership in the locker room. Entering the final regular-season game, she is fifth all-time at Loyola with 90 blocked shots. As a Greyhound she has scored 488 points in 118 contests.

Minute To Win It
• With 36.1 minutes per game, freshman Lisa Mirarchi averaged the most playing time of any rookie Greyhound to put on the green and grey uniform. She clocked 1,084 minutes in 30 games this season.
• The West Chester, Pa., native passed one of Loyola's all-time greatest players, Patty Stoffey, who played 35.4 minutes a game during her freshman campaign from 1991-92.
• Mirarchi also passed current teammate, Kara Marshall , who ranks third in program history with 32.0 minutes per game as a freshman. In 2011, Marshall played 960 total minutes, earning a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team. 

Power From The Post
• Sophomore forward Jeneh Perry turned out strong performances during the final stretch of the regular-season.
• Case Gymnasium faired well for Perry, as she put up career-performances in both trips to Boston University.
• In the first round of the Patriot League Championships Perry grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds. The impressive performance tied for seventh for the most boards in a single contest as a Loyola women's basketball player.
• Alumnae Miriam McKenzie was the last Greyhound to record 15-plus rebounds in a game, grabbing 15 boards against LaSalle on November 14, 2010.
• In her final home appearance of the season, Perry led the team with a career-high 17 points against the regular-season champion Navy Midshipmen. She went 7-for-10 from the floor, snatching a team-best two steals on the defensive end.  
• Two weeks earlier, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds at Boston University, one more than her previous career-best from American University earlier in the season.
• She shot 2-of-3 from the floor, while making four of her six free-throw attempts from inside Case Gymnasium. Totaling eight points for the afternoon, Perry was two points shy of recording her first-career double-double. 

Logan Lets Loose
• Sophomore Diana Logan had an impressive showing in the last three games of the regular season, scoring double figures in two of those three contests.
• In back-to-back appearances against Colgate and Holy Cross, Logan posted a career-high 13 points. On the road, she shot 6-for-12 versus the Crusaders and led the backcourt in points in the last two games.

Buzzer-Beater Beauty
• On Sunday, Feb. 23, freshman Lauren Daugherty hit a buzzer-beater three from the top of the key to send the game into overtime against the Colgate University Raiders.
• Daugherty was 3-of-9 from behind the arc this season, and that afternoon she followed through to help push her team into the extra period. 

On The Rebound
• In the final four games of the season Loyola improved its rebounding average from 31.8 to 38.3 in the final four games.
• On Tuesday, March 4, Loyola grabbed a season-high 54 rebounds in the first round of the Patriot League Championships at Boston University. The season-best record tied for fourth overall in program history for the most boards in a single contest. 

February Blues
• After seeing its largest scoring output in the month of January, Loyola dropped to 49.1 points a game in February.
• On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Greyhounds scored 60-plus points for the first time since hosting Holy Cross on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Loyola posted 65 points in its overtime matchup against the Colgate Raiders, the same outcome against Holy Cross one month earlier. 

Daugherty Debuts In Starting Lineup
• Freshman Lauren Daugherty earned a spot on the starting lineup after recording career-high minutes (33), field goals (3), free throws (9) and points (15) in the overtime nail-bitter at Army, Saturday, Feb. 1.
• The following Wednesday, Daugherty made her first collegiate start at American University, playing a new-best 36 minutes and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds against the Eagles.
• Since earning a spot in the starting lineup, the freshman forward has improved from 1.4 points per game to 5.0 ppg. She went from averaging 10 minutes off the bench, to contributing ample playing time and manpower under the basket for the starting five. 

Lending A Helping Hand
• In nine of the last 16 games, freshman Lisa Mirarchi recorded five or more assists, including a career-high eight in Loyola's, 70-64, victory over Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 11.
• The rookie guard led the team with 106 assists, over 50 more than the second ranked assists leader on the team. 

What A Pair
• Teammates Nai Brown and Lisa Mirarchi played a vital role in the offense this season. The pair of Greyhound guards led the backcourt in points eight of Loyola's last 15 matchups, scoring 10 or more points during that time.
• Senior Nneka Offodile has added to the scoring success, contributing points for the bigs under the basket. The six-foot forward recorded her second double-digit score of the season against Lafayette, tabbing ten points on 5-for-13 shooting. 

Double Trouble
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett became the first Greyhound to record a double-double in 2014 Patriot League action on Saturday, Jan. 25, after the Greyhounds defeated Colgate, 61-54, from Hamilton, N.Y.
• The Laurel, Md., native matched a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Hamilton, N.Y. She tied a career-high shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Padgett also led the team in steals (3).
• One month later junior Nai Brown recorded her third-career double-double tabbing 14 points and 10 rebounds in Loyola's overtime loss to Colgate on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Turnover Trends
• Since beginning Patriot League action in January, and excluding games at Lehigh and Army, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 13.8 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate.
• In 16 of the last 19 league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in seven matchups this year.
• On Saturday, Feb. 15, Loyola recorded a season-low six turnovers against the Boston University Terriers. The Greyhounds also held an 5-2 advantage in fast break points. 

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds were 4-4 when shooting more free throws than their opponent.
• In a 70-49 loss to Bucknell on Wednesday, Feb. 19, Loyola shot a season-high 90-percent from the charity stripe.
• The Greyhounds averaged 16.9 free throws per contest this season.
• In program history, senior Nicole Krusen and freshman Lisa Mirarchi have left their mark at the charity stripe. The two guards are ranked among the top-five in program history for their impressive free-throw percentages. 

Continued Action From The Charity Stripe
• Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 34 times against UMBC on Dec. 21, 2013, and Nai Brown took 20 of the 34 attempts.
• Her 20 free throw attempts are second most in school single-game history, four shy of tying the March 4, 1990, mark set by Patty Stoffey against Saint Peter's.
• Brown made 13 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for eighth in single-game history. Stoffey holds that record, as well, with 18.
• Her performance from the line contributed to 13 of her 23 points against the Retrievers. Following the career and program record performance, Brown was named to the Patriot League's Honorable Mention weekly list. 

A Story of Comebacks
• On Sunday, Dec. 1, Loyola overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Saint Peter's University, 66-65, in non-conference action.
• The last time the Greyhounds overcame a 10-plus point deficit came against the Peacocks on January 6, 2013, when Loyola defeated Saint Peter's, 56-47, in Reitz Arena. The last 14-plus point deficit was on February 25, 2011, when Loyola defeated Iona College in overtime in New Rochelle, N.Y.
• Twenty days later, the Greyhounds overcame an even greater deficit, 15-points to be exact, to win their final non-conference matchup at home, 56-49, against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Close Calls
• This season 11 of Loyola's 29 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those contests, the Greyhounds have come out victorious on three occasions, most recently defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 70-64, from Stabler Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11.
• The Greyhounds forced The United States Military Academy to two overtime matchups this season, both at home and on the road. The Black Knights ultimately pulled away with the victory on both occasions, but not before Loyola put up a close back-and-forth contest.  

Action From The Floor
• In four of Loyola's five victories, the Greyhounds shot 40-percent or better from the floor. In the third win on Dec. 21, 2013, Loyola recorded a .315 (17-54) field-goal percentage when defeating the UMBC Retrievers.  
• Comparatively, 17 of Loyola's 25 loses have seen field-goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-11 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-220 at home.
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-53 overall record on the home hardwood.

Meet The New Faces On The Bench
• Joining Head Coach Joe Logan on the Greyhounds' bench this season will be four-year veteran Jill Glessner , and new additions Ryan Gensler and Laura Harper .
• Gensler joins the Greyhounds' staff after spending the last two seasons at St. Bonaventure University; where he was an assistant coach to Jim Crowley. In his first season with the Bonnies, Gensler helped the women's basketball team to a program-record 31 wins and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. St. Bonaventure finished the Atlantic 10 Conference season with a perfect 14-0 record, winning the conference regular season title for the first time in school history.
• Harper, a former University of Maryland standout and WBNA post player, joined the women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in early September. Harper replaced another former Terrapins player whose jersey now resides in the Comcast Center rafters, Keith Booth.
• Harper, who played four seasons at Maryland, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
• She led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championship. At the tournament, she received the NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player award after scoring a career-high 24 points in the semifinal game against North Carolina.
• Harper sits atop the charts at Maryland with 198 blocked shots. She ranks sixth in free throws made, while scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.

Offodile On The Blocked Shots List
• In addition to leading the 2013-14 squad in blocked shots, senior Nneka Offodile is leaving her mark on the program's all-time blocked shots list.
• The 6-0-foot forward ranks 6th all-time with 92 stops, only four blocks away from passing Jina Mosley (`95-'99), who recorded 95 during her time in the green and grey uniform. 

Strong Non-Conference Action
• Four of Loyola's 11 non-conference games were against teams that qualified for postseason play this season, including one NCAA Tournament team.
• The University of Maryland qualified for its 11-straight postseason tournament, after going 24-6 overall and 12-4 in the ACC. The Terps advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament after defeating fellow the Patriot League tournament champions, Army, 90-52.
• East Carolina University made its third appearance in the WNIT, dropping an 86-68 decision to fellow non-conference opponent George Washington University.  
• The Colonials continue their success in the WNIT, taking on the University of South Florida in the third round of the WNIT. GW went 20-9 in the regular season, dropping the semifinal Atlantic10 game to No. 21 Dayton, 89-68.
• For the first time in program history Mount St. Mary's accepted a bid into the 2013 WNIT, dropping a first round tournament game to Duquesne, 62-52. 

Sheahin Signs Overseas
Katie Sheahin, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in Germany's Division I League for the Giro Live Panthers.
• A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sheahin will play in the top basketball league in Germany. Last year, the team went 16-13-1 and made it to the semifinals of the league playoff.
• Sheahin joins Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente, Vika Sholokhova, Siobhan Prior and current Greyhound assistant coach Jill Glessner as players coached by Joe Logan who have continued their basketball careers professionally.

Can't Make It To The Game...No Worries
• In August 2013, the Patriot League launched a free network featuring live and on-demand content from all 10-league schools on a free-HD platform.
• All of Loyola's home games, and conference road contests, will be streamed live and for free of charge on the network.
• No log-in or subscription is required, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at

The Baltimore 500
• Women's basketball is six wins away from joining men's basketball and men's soccer in earning 500-program wins in their respective sport.
• This excludes Loyola programs that do not record a traditional head-to-head overall record.   

Welcome the Class of 2018
• Head Coach Joe Logan and the Loyola women's basketball team announced the addition of five high school seniors to the class of 2018.
• Forwards Karley Kolberg (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah), Madelene McDonald (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Carly Monzo (Flourtown, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) along with guards Bri Betz-White (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and CaLee Gelbaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) will join the 2014-15 roster next fall.

Looking Ahead
• Loyola will lose seniors Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile to expired eligibility in May.
• The Greyhounds return three of their five starters, and more than 78-percent of the team's scoring effort in 2014-15.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his ninth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 126-148 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 become Loyola's winningest coach by all-time wins.
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record best 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Jill Glessner , Ryan Gensler , Laura Harper and director of basketball operations Dalila Eshe .