Dec. 20, 2011
|Date||Wednesday, December 21, 2011|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | Bender Arena|
|Online Media||Free Audio |Video|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team plays its final game before taking a break for Christmas, as the Greyhounds play their fourth-straight road game when they head to Washington, D.C., to battle American on Wednesday, December 21, at 7 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 won their first road game of the season last time out at George Washington, winning 70-62. Loyola is 1-4 on the road this season and 15-22 in non-conference road games under Head Coach Joe Logan.
- Logan earned his 100th career victory with the win at George Washington, tying Patty Coyle for the most win in program history.
- This is the fourth Patriot League opponent for the Greyhounds this season, as the team has wins over Army and Navy and a loss on the road to Lehigh this season.
Scouting the Eagles
- American is playing its first game since defeating Troy on the road, 55-45, on December 11.
- The Eagles have dropped two of their last three after winning four-straight from Nov. 18 until Nov. 26.
- American was picked to win the Patriot League this season. The Eagles finished 22-9 overall last season and 10-4 in conference play.
- Preseason All-Patriot League selection Lisa Strack leads the Ealges on the offensive end, averaging 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The 11.1 points ranks seventh in the conference.
- Alexis Dobbs is second on the team with a 10.1 points per game average and has connected on a team-best 23 3-point attempts.
- The Eagles are second in the Patriots League, making 5.4 3-point field goals per game.
- This marks the 14th meeting between the Eagles and the Greyhounds, with American holding a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series.
- The two programs have not met since Nov. 26, 2004, when American beat Loyola, 74-63, in overtime at American.
Loyola vs. Patriot League
- Loyola is 19-33 all-time against the Patriot League, but have posted a 2-1 mark in three meetings against the conference this season.
- The Greyhounds are 6-13 on the road against the Patriot League including a 70-60 loss at the hands of Lehigh earlier this year.
- The team’s last road win over a Patriot League opponent came against Navy when they defeated the Midshipmen 57-54 on Dec. 3, 2010.
- The Greyhounds are 7-5 against the Patriot League under head coach Joe Logan. Logan has never faced American.
- The Greyhounds take eight days off for the Christmas holiday before closing out their five-game road trip at Towson on Dec. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
- Head Coach Joe Logan earned his 100th career win as the Greyhounds won their first road game of the season, defeating George Washington, 70-62, on Sunday, Dec. 18.
- It was the first victory in program history over the Colonials in 13 tries.
- Katie Sheahin matched a career high with 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting, hitting four 3-pointers. She also handed out a game-high seven assists while adding four rebounds and three steals.
- Nicole Krusen had a career-high 17 points, hitting five 3-pointers for the second time this season. She also had a career-high six rebounds and three assists.
- After trailing 26-23 at the half, the Greyhounds hit back-to-back 3-pointers on their first two possessions of the second half to claim a 29-26 lead and never trailed again.
- The Greyhounds hit 13 of their final 16 attempts from the free-throw line to close out the victory.
Sheahin Named MAAC Player of the Week
- After matching a career-high with 28 points, junior guard Katie Sheahin was named MAAC Player of the Week for the first time this season and third time in her career.
- Sheahin also had a season-high seven assists along with four rebounds and three steals.
Krusen On Sunday Afternoons
- Sophomore guard Nicole Krusen is averaging 16 points and is 10-of-18 from 3-point range in her last two Sunday games against George Washington and Howard.
- Krusen has hit five 3-pointers in each of Loyola’s last two games on Sunday, becoming just the third Loyola player in program history to hit five-plus 3-pointers in a game twice in her career.
- Krusen ranks first in the MAAC in 3-point FG percentage (48.6%), making 17 of 35 attempts.
- Loyola is 3-0 on Sundays this season.
- Sheahin and senior guard Miriam McKenzie rank fifth and third respectively in the MAAC in scoring. The pair are the only teammates to rank in the top five of the conference.
- Sheahin and McKenzie also rank first and second respectively in the conference in steals, with Sheahin averaging 3.6 per game and McKenzie at 2.4 per game.
At the Stripe
- The Greyhounds enter the week ranked third in the MAAC and 48th in the country, shooting 74.1-percent from the free throw line.
- Loyola has shot over 80-percent in four of the team’s first nine games this season.
Coming Up Clutch
- Loyola connected on 13 of its final 16 attempts from the charity stripe against George Washington, continuing a trend of hitting clutch free throws this season.
- Loyola is 53-of-74 from the free throw line in the final five minutes of games, good for 71.6-percent from the line. Krusen, McKenzie, Sheahin, Kara Marshall and Nneka Offodile are all shooting over 75-percent in those situations.
Flipping The Script
- After losing their first four games on the road, the Greyhounds turned things around to grab their first road win at George Washington.
- In the team’s four road losses, the Greyhounds shot just 33.5-percent from the floor while averaging 54.8 points. Loyola had allowed 69.5 points in those losses while teams were shooting 45.5 percent.
- Against GW, Loyola outshot the Colonials 44.7-percent to 36.4-percent and scored 70 points.
No Sophomore Slump
- Sophomore forward Nneka Offodile has made her mark as a starter this season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
- Offodile had a career game against George Washington, setting career highs in points (11), blocks (4) and assists (3).
Better In the Second Half
- Loyola is averaging almost 11 more points in the second half this season, scoring 34.0 points in the second compared to 23.4 points in the first.
- The Greyhounds also are shooting 38.6-percent in the second half compared to 36.0-percent in the first.
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.
- Her 14.4 points per game also ranks fourth in the conference.
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.
- Since becoming the starting point guard, freshman guard Kara Marshall is averaging 9.4 points, 1.86 steals and 1.7 assists.
- The Gaithersburg, Md., native is shooting 41.7-percent from the field and 79.2-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.
- The Greyhounds enter the week ranked first in the MAAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot just 26.7-percent from downtown this season.
Making Things Happen
- Although averaging just 2.2 points per game, freshman Steph Smith has helped the Greyhounds outscore opponents 178-152 (+26) when she is on the court over the last eight games, tied for the best plus-minus ratio of any player on the team with Miriam McKenzie.
- Smith had the highest plus-minus on the Greyhounds against GW, giving Loyola a nine-point advantage when she was on the floor.
Stealing the Show
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters action this week ranked 20th 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 third on the all-time career steals list with 201.
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 100 career victories, needing just one 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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