Greyhounds Head To Nation's Capital To Face GW

Dec. 14, 2011

Game Information
Opponent George Washington Colonials
Date Sunday, December 18, 2011
Time 2 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Charles E. Smith Center
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Game Info

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team plays its third-straight road game on Sunday, December 18, when the Greyhounds make the trip to Washington, D.C., for a match-up with the George Washington Colonials at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds are in the midst of a five-game road trip, their longest road stretch since playing six-straight away from home during the 2009-10 season.
  • The Greyhounds are 0-4 on the road this season and are 14-22 in non-conference road games under Head Coach Joe Logan.
  • The team's last regular-season non-conference road win came at Navy on Dec. 3, 2010.
  • Logan enters the contest with 99 career wins, one victory shy of tying Patty Coyle for the most wins in program history.

Scouting the Colonials

  • George Washington had a four-game winning streak snapped in the team's last game when the Colonials dropped a 59-50 decision at No. 19/20 Georgetown on Sunday, December 11.
  • Head Coach Mike Bozeman is in his fourth season at the helm of the Colonials with an overall record of 36-61.
  • GW is coming off an 8-21 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Atlantic-10 Conference last year. The Colonials were selected to finished ninth in the 14-team A-10 this season. A record eight A-10 teams have qualified for postseason play each of the past three seasons.
  • Senior Tara Booker is ranked seventh all-time at GW with 134 career 3-pointers.
  • Four starters return for the Colonials this season.
  • GW has held each of its last seven opponents to less than 60 points.

The Series

  • This marks the 13th meeting between George Washington and Loyola, but is the first time the teams have played since 2008.
  • The Colonials have beaten the Greyhounds in each of the first 12 meetings, including 53-35 the last time the teams met on December 27, 2008.
  • Each of the last four meetings have happened at GW. The Colonials are 7-0 against Loyola at home.

Loyola vs. Atlantic-10 Conference

  • Loyola is 5-36 all-time against members of the Atlantic-10 Conference including 3-20 on the road.
  • The Greyhounds' last victory over an A-10 team was on November 13, 2009, when Loyola defeated La Salle 69-55 on the road. 
  • The Greyhounds are 1-4 against the Atlantic-10 under Head Coach Joe Logan. Logan has a 1-3 record against La Salle and an 0-1 mark against George Washington.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola lost, 59-54, on the road to Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, December 10.
  • The Greyhounds had a slow start on the offensive end, trailing 21-14 at the half after shooting 31.6-percent from the floor.
  • The Greyhounds battled back to take the lead twice in the second half, but The Mount staved off the Loyola rally to take the victory.
  • Loyola trailed by just two with 2:51 remaining, but a 6-0 run by the Mountaineers put the game away.
  • Loyola scored 40 points in the second half to match a season-high.
  • Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Nneka Offodile and Kara Marshall each added nine points. Offodile also had a career high eight rebounds.

Difference Between Winning and Losing

  • In Loyola's three wins this season, the Greyhounds have held teams to 52.7 points and just 30.9-percent shooting from the floor.
  • In the team's five losses, teams are shooting 43.0-percent from the floor while scoring 67.6 points.

Leading the Way

  • Senior guard Miriam McKenzie has consistently led the team this season, registering double figures five times while leading the team in scoring four times.
  • McKenzie leads the team with 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She also has shot 80.5-percent from the free-throw line and 43.2-percent from the field.
  • Here 14.4 points per game also ranks fourth in the conference.

Road Trip Blues

  • The Greyhounds have started 0-4 on the road this season, losing to Maryland, Pittsburgh, Lehigh and Mount St. Mary's.
  • Loyola has shot 33.5-percent from the floor on the road, compared to  a 39.8-percent clip at home.
  • Loyola has allowed an average of 69.5 points on the road, losing two games by double figures.

At the Stripe

  • The Greyhounds entered the week ranked 52nd in the country, shooting 74.0-percent from the free-throw line.
  • Loyola has shot over 80-percent in four of the team's first eight games this season.

No Sophomore Slump

  • Sophomore forward Nneka Offodile has made her mark as a starter this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
  • Offodile has already totaled 50 points this season through nine games, matching the 50 points she scored all of last season.
  • Offodile has scored a career-high of 10 points twice in the last four games and has grabbed four or more rebounds seven times this season.

Not An Easy Road

  • The Greyhounds are playing a difficult non-conference slate that is littered with teams chosen to finish at the top of their conferences.
  • Loyola took on nationally-ranked Maryland, along with Pittsburgh from the BIG EAST.
  • The Greyhounds also have played UMBC (chosen to win the America East), Navy (2010-11 Patriot League champion), Army (receiving votes in Mid-Major Top 25), Howard (chosen to finish second in MEAC) and Lehigh (won 3 of last 4 Patriot League titles and picked second this season).
  • Loyola also plays Patriot League favorite American in non-conference action.

We Must Protect This House

  • The Greyhounds have jumped out to a 3-1 start at Reitz Arena, with the team's lone loss coming to UMBC by four points.
  • The Greyhounds are outscoing opponents by an average of 57.0 to 54.5, and have held teams to 31.1-percent shooting from the field.

Hey Nai

  • Freshman guard Nai Brown scored a season-high eight points off the bench in 11 minutes against Lehigh on Dec. 5.
  • Brown led the team with a +5 plus-minus ratio, as the Greyhounds outscored Lehigh 22-17 when she was on the floor.

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.
  • Krusen ranks first in the MAAC in 3-point FG percentage (50%), making 12 of 24 attempts.

Diaper Dandy

  • Since becoming the starting point guard, freshman guard Kara Marshall is averaging 10.5 points, 2.2 steals and 1.8 assists.
  • The Gaithersburg, Md., native is shooting 44.4-percent from the field and 80.0-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.

Making Things Happen

  • Although averaging just 2.0 points per game, freshman Steph Smith has helped the Greyhounds outscore opponents 130-113 (+17) when she is on the court over the last seven games, the second-best plus-minus ratio of any player on the team behind Miriam McKenzie's +26.
  • Smith had the highest plus-minus on the Greyhounds against Howard, giving Loyola a 13-point advantage when she was on the floor.

Close Calls

  • Six of Loyola's first seven games have been decided by six points or less.
  • In those six games, the contest was within one posession heading into the final minute of play.
  • Loyola owns a 3-0 record in games when leading with five minutes remaining. The team is 0-5 in games when trailing with five minutes remaining.

Stealing the Show

  • Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters action this week ranked 19th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.6 steals per game.
  • 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 tied for third on the all-time career steals list with 198.

Climbing the Charts

  • Miriam McKenzie became the 11th player in Loyola history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark last season, and enters today's game 11th on the all-time chart with 1,1109 career points.
  • Loyola graduated Erica DiClemente last year, who finished as the ninth leading scorer in Greyhound history at 1,123.

Not Your Average Joe

  • Head coach Joe Logan enters today's game with 99 career victories, needing just two more to become the all-time wins leader in Loyola history.
  • Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins last season.

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Up Next

  • The Greyhounds play their fourth-straight on the road when they return to Washington, D.C., to face Preseason Patriot League favorite American