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Women's Basketball Closes Out November At Pittsburgh

Nov. 28, 2014

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Opponent Pittsburgh Panthers
Date Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Time 2 p.m.
Location Pittsburgh, Pa. | Petersen Events Center
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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 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
• Loyola concludes its five-game season-opening road trip on Sunday, Nov. 30, at the University of Pittsburgh.
• The squad will open up the month of December on Thursday with seven-straight games at home inside Reitz Arena.
• On Friday, Nov. 14, the Greyhounds opened the 2014-15 campaign at College of William & Mary. The Tribe scored on a fast-break layup in the final seconds of regulation to steal a 72-71 season-opening victory from the Greyhounds.
• 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.

UP NEXT
• The Greyhounds will host Towson University in their 2014-15 home opener at Reitz Arena on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

LOYOLA VS. The ACC
• With regards to current ACC teams, Loyola has yet to win a game.
• The Greyhounds are 0-11 on the road against current ACC teams. 

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola fell to No. 8/10 University of Maryland inside the XFINITY Center on Monday night, 65-43.
• The Greyhounds held Maryland to its lowest scoring output of the season, as the Terps average 86.2 points per game.
• Junior Lisa Mirarchi scored a game-high 15 points, including going 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Freshman Bri Betz-White added 10 points and two steals, while sophomore Lauren Daugherty grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
• Loyola scored the game’s first point, but the lead was brief as Maryland scored 23 of the next 40 points, to pull ahead 23-17. The Greyhounds pulled within two though, on a pair of Colleen Marshall layups and a 3-point field goal by Mirarchi, 23-21.
• The Greyhounds held Maryland within single digits for the next four and a half minutes, but the Terps closed the half with an 11-2 run to take a 38-26 advantage into the break. 

LOYOLA IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
• Averaging 13.8 offensive rebounds per game, Loyola’s offense is third in the league in offensive boards.
• Loyola ranks second in the league in steals, led by junior Colleen Marshall who averages 2.5 per game (second most in the Patriot League).
• Marshall is tied for eighth in the league in points, averaging 13.8 per game, while classmate Jeneh Perry is tied for fourth in the league in rebounds (8.5 rpg).

LOGAN LETS LOOSE BEHIND THE LINE
• In the first three appearances of the season, junior Diana Logan made two 3-point field goals from behind the arc.
• During that time, the Waldorf, Maryland native led the team in treys, going 6-of-15 from 3-point range (40-percent).
• The last time a Greyhound hit two or more 3-pointers to open the season in consecutive matchups occurred in 2010, when Nicole Krusen made two treys against West Virginia in the season opener (11/12/10), two against LaSalle in the home opener (11/14/10) and three against Howard six days later (11/20/10). 

SMITH SMASHES THE BOARDS
• Senior Steph Smith tied all players and led the Greyhounds on Wednesday, Nov. 19 with 10 rebounds against the Georgetown Hoyas.
• Coming off the bench, the Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania native grabbed a game-best six offensive boards in only 20 minutes of action, and added four additional defensive rebounds against Georgetown.

DOWNTOWN DIVAS
• Loyola knocked down 10 3-point field goals in the season opener against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14. Colleen Marshall , Bri Betz-White and Diana Logan contributed two or more baskets from behind the arc to total an impressive 10 shots made against the Tribe.
• The 3-point success tied for seventh best in Loyola’s single-game record books. 

COLLEGIATE DEBUTS
• Four players made their Greyhound debuts during the season opener against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 15. Bri Betz-White , Karley Kolberg and Carly Monzo all played in their first college basketball game, while junior Colleen Marshall saw her first action for Loyola.
• Both Marshall and Betz-White not only saw ample playing time against the Tribe, but also started in the season opener. 

FOR STARTERS
• Led by Colleen Marshall’s 28 points, Loyola’s starting five (Marshall, Bri Betz-White, Lisa Mirarchi, Steph Smith and Jeneh Perry ) scored 59 points, and several of them were key during the first half when the Greyhounds ended the period with a one-point lead against William & Mary in the season opener.
• The 2013-14 Patriot League All-Rookie Team selection, Mirarchi scored the first basket of the 2014-15 season.
• Three possessions later, rookie guard Betz-White set the tone for the Greyhounds, scoring her first career points by grabbing an offensive board and pulling it back behind the arc for the team’s first 3-point field goal of the contest. The squad went on to record 10 total treys, tied for seven most in program single-game history.
• The starters also contributed 19 of the Greyhounds’ 26 rebounds with Perry leading the team with 13. She was one point shy of recording her first career double-double. 

MARSHALL MATTERS
• Junior Colleen Marshall led Loyola’s scoring effort in the season opener, recording a career-high 28 points against William & Mary on Friday, Nov. 14.
• The junior transfer from East Carolina University, previously scored a career-high nine points against the United States Naval Academy on November 30, 2012.
• The last time a Loyola newcomer had 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first game of the season was on November 28, 1995, when Jennifer Bongard scored 24 points at then Towson State. 

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.
• Averaging 36.1 minutes of playing time per game, 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.
• The Greyhounds return three of their five starters, and more than 78-percent of the team’s scoring effort.

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 three 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 championship 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.

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 3-point field goals made in a career. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Krusen hit her 151st 3 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 treys 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.

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 126-152 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 .