Women's Basketball Wraps Up Homestand Saturday

Nov. 30, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Army Black Knights
Date Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time 2 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team wraps-up a three-game homestand on Saturday, December 3 when the Greyhounds host the U.S. Military Academy at 2 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
  • The game marks the only home game for the entire month of December for the Greyhounds, whoe play five-straight on the road after taking on Army.
  • The Greyhounds finished 2-3 in the month of November and are now 10-18 under Head Coach Joe Logan in the season’s first month.Logan has led Loyola to a 24-15 mark in the month of December over his six seasons at the helm. Loyola went 3-3 last season in the year’s final month.
  • Loyola is 2-1 at Reitz this season, defeating Navy in the team’s home-opener and defeating Howard last time out.
  • Under Logan, the Greyhounds have built a 48-33 record at Reitz Arena, going 14-12 against non-conference opponents.

Scouting the Black Knights

  • The Black Knights played Hawai’i on Thursday night.
  • Army had a four-game winning streak snapped after losing to Columbia, 63-58, on Nov. 27.
  • The Black Knights got off to a 5-1 start, the best since head coach Dave Magarity’s first season in 2006-07.
  • Army was selected to finish seventh in the Patriot League Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
  • The Black Knights returned nine players from last year’s squad while adding eight rookies.
  • The team finished in a tie for fourth in the Patriot Leaugue last season.
  • Jen Haslett leads the Black Knights averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

The Series

  • This marks the fourth meeting all-time between the Black Knights and the Greyhounds with Loyola owning a 2-1 advantage.
  • It is the fourth-straight season the two teams have played.
  • The Greyhounds won the first two meetings with Army grabbing a 60-52 victory last year in West Point.

The Last Time They Met

  • Army notched a 60-52 win over Loyola in West Point, N.Y., last year.
  • Miriam McKenzie scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss while the team registered 16 steals in the game.

Loyola vs. Patriot League

  • Loyola is 19-32 all-time against Patriot League opponents, with the team’s last win coming against Navy, 42-38, in the team’s home-opener this season.
  • Army is the second of four Patriot League teams the Greyhounds play this season. Loyola also takes on preseason Patriot League favorite American as well as Lehigh in a pair of road games.
  • Loyola is 12-10 all-time at home against Patriot League opponents.

Loyola-Army Connections

  • Army head coach Dave Magarity is very familiar with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, spending some time at the conference office as well as serving as the head men’s basketball coach at Marist College for 23 years.

Krusen On A Sunday Afternoon

  • Sophomore guard Nicole Krusen scored a career-high 15 points in a 62-56 win on Sunday, November 27.
  • Krusen hit five 3-pointers, becoming the first player since Katie Sheahin on March 16, 2011 at Old Dominion to hit five 3’s in a game.
  • The Rockville, Md., native became just the ninth player in Greyhound history to hit five 3-pointers in a game.

At the Stripe

  • The Greyhounds enter Saturday’s game ranked 23rd in the NCAA in free-throw shooting percentage at 77.4-percent.
  • Loyola hit all 14 of its free-throw attempts against Howard, including going 10-of-10 in the second half.

Diaper Dandy

  • Freshman Kara Marshall has averaged 11.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals in her first three starts at point guard.
  • The Gaithersburg, Md., native also is shooting 46.2-percent from the field and 70.0-percent from the free-throw line.
  • Marshall was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20 after scoring 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting in her first career start at Pittsburgh.
  • Marshall has been important in the clutch, shooting 6-fo-7 in the final five minutes of the last four games while connecting on each of her two free-throw attempts.

Close Calls

  • Not including the season-opener against Maryland, all of Loyola’s contests have been decided by six-points or fewers.
  • Each of the four games have been within one posession heading into the final minute of action.

On the Defensive End

  • Loyola has held opponents to 33.3-percent shooting from the floor over the past four games.
  • The Greyhounds held UMBC to 17.4-percent shooting from the field in the second half, the lowest shooting percentage for a team since holding Manhattan to 11.8-percent shooting in the second half of a game on Feb. 2, 2011.
  • Loyola has held three teams (Navy, UMBC, Howard) to below 32-percent shooting from the floor.

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, averaging 4.2 per game which is good for 11th in the nation.
  • 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 3.1 steals per game and is fifth on the all-time career steals list with 191.

Up Next

  • Loyola begins a string of five games away from Reitz Arena when they head to Lehigh on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two programs since 1984-1985 season.