WBB Welcomes Pat Coyle And Saint Peter's To Reitz Arena

Dec. 18, 2014

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Opponent Saint Peter's Peacocks
Date Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Time 5 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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• Loyola University Maryland is in 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 continues its seven-game homestand on Saturday, hosting former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Saint Peter’s University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
• Prior to the matchup, current Saint Peter’s head coach and former Loyola head coach Pat Coyle will be recognized in a ball exchange at center court.
• Loyola is coming off a 10-day break, taking time to focus on finals and the remainder of the Fall 2014 academic semester.
• The Greyhounds recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, Dec. 6, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 56-49.
•  The Greyhounds are outrebounding their opponents at home, 113-100.
• Loyola’s non-conference schedule includes three teams that are currently in the NCAA’s top-50 of the RPI.

• Loyola has a quick turnaround, as the Greyhounds host Cornell University on Monday, Dec. 22. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m., from inside Reitz Arena. 

• Prior to joining the Patriot League in 2013-14, Loyola was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from 1989-2012.
• 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 is 232-242 all-time versus current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, with the team’s last win coming on December 1, 2013, against Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, New Jersey.
• Twenty-one of the 232 wins have come from games against Saint Peter’s.
• The Greyhounds are 115-79 at home against MAAC teams. 

• Loyola fell behind early and was unable to overcome the deficit, falling to East Carolina University, 82-33, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Reitz Arena.
• The Greyhounds put the first points on the board, as Jeneh Perry rattled in a pair of free throws, but the Pirates were quick to tie it up, as Jada Payne answered by knocking down a jumper at the other end. A layup by I’tiana Taylor gave ECU its first lead, but another pair of free throws, this time by Lisa Mirarchi, kept the game even.
• An 8-0 run by the visitors put East Carolina up eight, but Lauren Daugherty converted a layup to reel the Pirates back in, 12-6. That would be as close as the Greyhounds would come in the contest, as Loyola was unable to overcome the defensive presence of Ondrea Shaw, who finished with 10 blocks (nine in the first half).
• The Greyhounds grabbed an impressive 37 rebounds, only three shy of the Pirates’ 40.
• Perry scored a team-best 12 points, while Daugherty pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
• Freshman Karley Kolberg scored a career-high four points.

• When Loyola resumes action on Saturday there will be a familiar face on the Saint Peter’s sideline. The Peacocks’ head coach Pat Coyle, who led the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1993 and `94, returns to Reitz Arena to coach against her former team.
• Coyle, who led the Greyhounds from 1992-98, took over a Loyola team that went 26-113 in the previous five seasons. In her first year, the New Jersey native guided the Greyhounds to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winning record in nearly 10 years (14-15 overall, 8-6 MAAC).
• In 1993, Coyle led the program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking on the University of Virginia after defeating Saint Peter’s and Fairfield University in the MAAC Tournament. The following year, Loyola won it’s second-consecutive MAAC Championship title, once again defeating Saint Peter’s and Fairfield before taking on the University of Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Louisiana Tech.
• Coyle compiled a winning-record of 100-77 during her seven seasons at Loyola. Coyle sits behind current head coach Joe Logan in the program’s record books for the second most wins in Loyola women’s basketball history.

• This season, Loyola is outrebounding its opponent at home, 113-100.
• The Greyhounds grabbed a season-high 45 rebounds against Towson in the home opener on Thursday, Dec. 4.
• Since holding then-No. 8/10 University of Maryland to only 15 offensive rebounds, Loyola has not allowed an opponent to grab more than 10 offensive boards in a contest.
• The Greyhounds have limited teams’ second-chance opportunities, allowing only 31 points in the last four games. 

• On Saturday, Dec. 6, Loyola recorded its first win of the season against a Mount St. Mary’s squad that was invited to the WNIT in the past two years.
• The Greyhounds defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 56-49, in the first game of a Loyola-Mount doubleheader in Reitz Arena.
• The Greyhounds handed the Mount their sixth loss of the season, and held the Mountaineers to less than 50 points for the fifth time in 2014-15.
• Loyola outshot Mount St. Mary’s, 44-36 percent, and grabbed six more rebounds.

• Loyola opened the 2014-15 campaign with five-straight road games against strong non-conference opponents.
• In the season opener, Loyola faced a College of William & Mary team that was picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe is aligned in a conference with tough league opponents such as James Madison University, a team receiving AP Top 25 votes, the University of Delaware and Drexel University.
• Loyola returned to the state of Maryland to take on UMBC, a team that averaged 60.8 points in the month of November, including two 80-plus point games to open the season.
• The Greyhounds closed out the month of November with matchups against BIG EAST, Big Ten and ACC teams.
• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• Junior Colleen Marshall led the team in points, scoring double-figures in three of the first five matchups. The junior transfer led the league in steals at the end of November, averaging 2.6 per game. Junior Jeneh Perry grabbed a team-best 42 rebounds during that time, ranked fourth in the Patriot League with 8.4 rpg.
• Four Greyhounds shot over 30-percent from behind the arc, led by freshman Bri Betz-White (8-for-20).

• Averaging 14.0 offensive rebounds per game, Loyola’s offense is second in the league in offensive boards.
• Loyola ranks second in the league in steals, led by junior Colleen Marshall who averages 2.4 per game (the most in the Patriot League).
• Marshall is ninth in the league in points, averaging 13.6 per game, while classmate Jeneh Perry is fifth in the league in total rebounds (8.3 rpg) and second in offensive boards (3.6 rpg).

• For the seventh-straight year, Loyola faced a nationally ranked University of Maryland team. On Monday, Nov. 24, Loyola held then No. 8/10 Maryland to only 65 points, the Terps’ lowest scoring output of the season up until that point.
• The Greyhounds held the Terrapins within single digits for a majority of the first half, closing the stanza down by only 12 points. Maryland returned from the break and used a 16-2 run in the second half to ultimately win the contest, 65-43.
• Loyola held the Terps to only 15 offensive rebounds and allowed only 12 second-chance points.
• Sophomore Lisa Mirarchi scored a game-best 15 points, shooting 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the XFINITY Center. 

• 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 the national semifinals 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).

• Loyola returns to Reitz Arena after playing every game in the month of November on the road.
• On the flip side, the Greyhounds will host seven-straight home games in December.
• Loyola is 268-222 all-time at home.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 63-55 overall record on the home hardwood, in 10 seasons.

• Senior Steph Smith tied all players and led the Greyhounds in rebounds 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.
• Two weeks later, in back-to-back games against Towson and Mount St. Mary’s, junior Jeneh Perry came off the bench to grab more rebounds than any other player in the game. The Chattanooga, Tennessee native pulled down 10 boards in the home opener on December 4 and came back to record nine rebounds in Loyola’s first win of the season versus Mount St. Mary’s on December 6.

• Loyola knocked down 10 treys 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. 

• 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. 

• 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. 

• 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. 

• Four players have made 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.

• 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.

• Head coach Joe Logan enters his 10th season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 127-155 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 .