Nov. 20, 2011
|Date||Tuesday, November 22, 2011|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Online Media||Free Video | Free Audio | Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team plays its final game before Thanksgiving break when the Greyhounds host local rival UMBC at 7 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
- The game is the first of three-straight at home for Loyola.
- Loyola is 1-0 at Reitz this season, winning its home-opener over Navy, 42-38, on Nov. 13.
- The Greyhounds went 9-6 at home last season, including 2-4 in non-conference home games. Loyola has won each of its last two, non-conference regular-season home contests dating back to a 74-58 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 11 last season.
- The Greyhounds are coming off a 65-59 road loss at Pittsburgh.
Scouting the Retrievers
- The Retrievers enter Tuesday night's game with a 2-2 record after losing each of its last two games at Coppin State and home against Maryland.
- UMBC pushed No. 9 Maryland in a 70-59 loss on Saturday night.
- The Retrievers are Preseason favorites to win the America East conference after winning the 2011 regular-season crown. Guard Michelle Kurowski and forward Erin Brown were each named to the Preseason All-Conference First Team.
- This marks the 35th all-time meeting between the Retrievers and the Greyhounds with Loyola holding a 25-9 advantage. The Greyhounds are 13-4 all-time at home and 3-2 under head coach Joe Logan.
- The two sides have met each of the last five years. UMBC notched a 60-57 win in Catonsville last year, while Loyola has won each of the last two meetings in Baltimore.
Loyola vs. America East
- Loyola is 25-12 all-time against members of the America East Conference with all 25 wins coming against UMBC.
- The Greyhounds are 25-9 against UMBC, 0-2 against Hartford and 0-1 against Maine.
- Loyola's last win against an America East team was Dec. 20, 2009 against UMBC when the Greyhounds topped the Retrievers 81-74 at Reitz Arena.
Current Greyhounds vs. UMBC
- Six current Greyhounds have appeared in games against the Retrievers.
- Miriam McKenzie, Alyssa Sutherland and Katie Sheahin have each played in the last two meetings.
- Sheahin had 15 points and seven steals in last year's loss to the Retrievers. She has averaged 12 points, three rebounds and 4.5 steals in two games against UMBC.
- McKenzie scored 18 points in the last last season and is averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in her career.
Last Time Out
- The Greyhounds dropped a 65-59 decision at Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 18.
- Loyola trailed by 21 points with 3:30 remaining and were able cut the deficit to three with 30 seconds left, but ran out of time in their comeback bid.
- After a 19-3 run by Pitt put the home team up 59-38, Loyola scored 21 of the next 24 points to cut the deficit to three.
- Freshman Kara Marshall scored 19 points while making her first collegiate start. McKenzie added 16 points while Sutherland had 10.
- Katie Sheahin set a career-high with eight steals to go with nine rebounds in the contest.
McKenzie, Sheahin Named To Preseason All-Jesuit Team
- Katie Sheahin and Miriam McKenzie have been named to the Preseason All-Jesuit Team by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
- Jesuit Basketball Spotilight is in its third year of existence and has been an effort that the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has spearheaded in order to use basketball to promote Jesuit education at the 28 Jesuit schools spread out around the United States.
Stealing the Show
- Katie Sheahin had a breakout season in 2010-11, finishing the year ranked second in the NCAA in steals per game (3.5) and setting the single-season record at Loyola for steals in a season (118).
- Sheahin has picked up this season right where she left off, registering three-plus steals in each of her first three games this season.
- The Brookeville, Md., native set a career high with eight steals at Pittsburgh.
- It was the fifth time in her career that Sheahin had seven-plus steals in a game. She ranks first in Loyola history, averaging 3.0 steals per game and is fifth on the all-time career steals list with 187
Finding the Right Mix
- Head coach Joe Logan started Katie Sheahin, Miriam McKenzie, Alyssa Sutherland, Nneka Offodile and Kara Marshall for the first time this season against Pittsburgh.
- In the last two games, when those five players are on the floor Loyola is outscoring opponents 67-40, good for a +27 advantage. It is the highest plus-minus for any five players on the floor over the last two games.
- Freshman guard Kara Marshall made her first career start against Pittsburgh on Nov. 18 and scored 19 points on 6-for-12 shooting while hitting two 3-pointers.
- Marshall ranks second on the team with 9.3 points per game and is also second in plus-minus over the last two contests with a +11 (87-76).
Climbing the Charts
- Miriam McKenzie became the 19th player in Loyola history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark last season, and enters Tuesday's game 16th on the all-time chart with 1,051 career points.
- The Greyhounds play their second of three-straight home games when they welcome Howard on Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m.
- The game is the second of a doubleheader with the men's team.