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William & Mary Hosts Women's Basketball In Season Opener

Nov. 12, 2014

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Opponent William & Mary 
Date Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Time 7 p.m. 
Location Williamsburg, Va. | Kaplan Arena
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ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola University Maryland is beginning 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 (MAAC) 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
• The Greyhounds return six players from a team that went 5-25 last year.
• Senior guard Nai Brown earned her first career all-conference honor at the end of the 2013-14 season, being selected to the All-Patriot League Third Team. Teammate Lisa Mirarchi became the seventh freshman under head coach Joe Logan to receive all-rookie honors.
• Mirarchi recorded a team-high 43 steals last season, which was third best in the Patriot League.
• For the second time during his tenure, Logan and the Greyhounds will open the season at a Colonial Athletic Association school. On Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, Loyola opened the 2007-08 campaign against Drexel, defeating the Dragons in a 72-62 decision.

UP NEXT
• Loyola returns to Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 16, for a matchup with non-conference rival, UMBC. The Greyhounds travel to Catonsville, Maryland, for a 5 p.m., tipoff against the Retrievers.

LOYOLA VS. THE COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CAA)
• Loyola is 27-58 all-time verus CAA opponents, with the team's last win coming on March 16, 2011 against Old Dominion in the first round of the WNIT.
• Three of the 27 wins have come from games against William & Mary.
• The Greyhounds are 13-34 on the road against CAA teams.

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
• The Greyhounds lost guard Nicole Krusen and forward Nneka Offodile to expired eligibility in May.
• Leaving Loyola as one of the best shooters in program history, Krusen holds the program record for the most three-point field goals made in a career. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Krusen hit her 151st three to pass Meredith Tolley for the most shots behind the arc in Loyola history.
• During her junior campaign, Krusen also broke the record for the most three's in a single game, hitting seven shots against Manhattan College on February 15, 2013.
• Offodile is fifth all-time at Loyola with 92 blocked shots. As a Greyhound, she scored 492 points in 120 contests.

A LOOK BACK AT 2013-14
• Loyola 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 and scored 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 a host of sophomores and juniors are ready to step up and fill the void. In those selected contests, the underclassmen led in rebounds, points, assists and steals.
• Junior Jeneh Perry led the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.
• Senior Nai Brown led Loyola with 14.6 points per game. She also led the guards in rebounds (5.1 per game) and blocks (8).
• Sophomore Lisa Mirarchi recorded a team-high 106 assists and 43 steals.
• The Greyhounds return three of their five starters, and more than 78-percent of the team's scoring effort.

2013-14 All-Patriot League Honors
• Two Greyhounds earned All-Patriot League postseason honors.
• Senior Nai Brown garnered All-Patriot League Third Team honors, after leading the team in points last season.
• Brown scored 20-plus points six times during her junior campaign, including posting a career-best 28 points against Boston University on January 19. She ended her junior season sixth in the league in points (14.6 ppg).
• Guard Lisa Mirarchi was named to the All-Rookie team, becoming the seventh player to earn freshman honors under head coach Joe Logan .
• The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native led the team in steals and assists, finishing the 2013-14 season third and 10th, respectively, in the league. She scored double-digits in 11 games, recording a career-high 17 against the 2014 Patriot League Tournament Champions United States Military Academy on January 5.

STRONG NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
• Four of Loyola's 11 non-conference games will be 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 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).

YOUTH AND VITALITY
• Four players will make their Loyola debut this season with the roster featuring one junior who transferred and three freshmen.
Colleen Marshall will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending the 2012-14 seasons at East Carolina University. As a freshman, Marshall played in all 32 games for the Pirates. She concluded the season with 121 points (3.8 per game), 61 rebounds (1.9 per game), 31 assists and 22 steals.The following year, Marshall averaged 1.3 points in 28 contests.
Bri Betz-White was a Patriot News Big 15 first team honoree for Trinity High School. In her sophomore season, she was named to the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division I All-Star team. A year later, Betz-White was honored to the All-Sentinel Girls Basketball first team and Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division all-star first team. She also spent time playing AAU ball for the South Central Select.
Karley Kolberg from Rockton, Illinois, helped the Hononegah Indians to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 regional championships. The following year, she led the team to a conference championship, and was named to the NIC-10 All-Conference team as the most valuable player. Kolberg was also a member of the Midwest Elite, leading the AAU team to the 2013 state championship title.
Madelene McDonald comes to Loyola from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, where she led Southern Lehigh to Madelene McDonaldthree Colonial League championships, as well as the District 11 championship game in 2013. That same year she was named to the All-Colonial League first team, as well as the Morning Call All-Area first team. McDonald was honored as MVP of the Phoenixville Tip-Off Tournament and Southern Lehigh Winter Tournament in her junior season. She helped the Spartans to three PIAA state tournament appearances in her time in the blue and white uniform.
Carly Monzo , a three-year starter at Mount Saint Joseph's, led her team to three-consecutive state tournament appearances. During her time at the academy, the Mount garnered two Catholic Academy League championship titles. Monzo and her team won the district championships in 2010-11 and  participated at the district tournament the next two years.
• McDonald and Monzo both played for Bill McDonough and the Philadelphia Lady Runnin' Rebels.

MINUTE TO WIN IT
• Averaging 36.1 minutes of playing time per game, Lisa Mirarchi clocked the most playing time of any rookie Greyhound to ever put on the green and grey uniform. She logged 1,084 minutes in 30 games last season.
• The West Chester, Pennsylvania, 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. 

WHAT A PAIR
• Teammates Nai Brown and Lisa Mirarchi played a vital role in the offense last year. Through a 12-game stretch in the months of December and January, the pair led the backcourt in points, averaging 19 points during that time.

HOME SWEET HOME
• Loyola will not return home until the month of December, playing every non-conference game in November on the road. On the flip side, every matchup in December will played in Reitz Arena.
• The Greyhounds are 267-220 all-time at home.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-53 overall record on the home hardwood, in 10 seasons.

MEET THE NEW FACES ON THE BENCH
• Joining Head Coach Joe Logan on the Greyhounds' bench this season will be second-year assistant Ryan Gensler , and new additions Sarah Jones and Katie Kuester .
• Jones, a former team captain and player in the Big East Conference, was a member of the Villanova University women's basketball program from 2007-12. A three-time Big East All-Academic First Team honoree, Jones guided the Wildcats to the 2009 NCAA Tournament and two WNIT appearances.
• Following her graduation from Villanova, Jones became a graduate assistant for the program. She spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at the Ohio Valley Conference's Morehead State University. Jones was the team's offensive coordinator and position coach for the guards and wing players. • Kuester was most recently the video coordinator for the North Carolina women's basketball program, helping the Tar Heels reach the Elite Eight during the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and finish ranked seventh nationally.
• Kuester is no stranger to the Patriot League. Prior to her stint at Chapel Hill, the Pennsylvania native served one season as the director of basketball operations at Lehigh University.
• She played collegiate basketball at Saint Joseph's University, under the direction of Cindy Griffin, Loyola's head coach from 1998-2001.
• Kuester helped the Hawks to three WNIT postseason bids and a Big Five Co-Championship in 2009.
• In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Kuester brings a lifetime of involvement in basketball through her family. Her father, John, was the head coach of the NBA's Detroit Pistons from 2009-2011 and was the head coach collegiately at Boston University and George Washington University from 1983-1990. In addition to his head coaching experience, the elder Kuester, who was a standout player for Dean Smith's North Carolina
teams in the late 1970s and played three years in the NBA, has 19 years of experience, as an NBA and college assistant.

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 www.patriotleague.tv.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his 10th 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 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.
• Logan is assisted by Ryan Gensler , Sarah Jones, Katie Kuester and director of basketball operations Erin Shields .