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Monday Matinee Set For Women's Basketball Versus Cornell

Dec. 21, 2014

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Opponent Cornell Big Red
Date Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Time 2 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• 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 QUICK HITS
• Loyola continues its seven-game homestand on Monday, Dec. 22, hosting Cornell University at 2 p.m.
• Loyola is coming off a 59-49 win over Saint Peter’s University on Saturday, Dec. 20.
• For the second time in three seasons, the Greyhounds used a 20-plus point unanswered run to defeat their opponent from Reitz Arena, as they rallied for 23-straight points to knock off Saint Peter’s on Saturday. The last time occurred on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, against the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks.
• The Greyhounds recorded their first win of the season on Saturday, Dec. 6, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 56-49.
• Loyola is 2-0 at home when holding its opponents to less than 50 points.
• Loyola’s non-conference schedule includes three teams that are currently in the NCAA’s top-50 of the RPI.

UP NEXT
• Loyola takes a five-day break for the holidays, before returning to Reitz Arena to take on George Washington University, Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m.
• The game will mark the final non-conference matchup of 2014-15.

LOYOLA VS. IVY LEAGUE
• Loyola is 9-11 all-time versus current IVY League opponents, with the team’s last win coming on November 15, 2008, against Harvard in the South Florida Shootout.
• The Greyhounds are 5-3 at home against IVY League teams. 

LAST TIME OUT
• Behind a 23-0 second-half run, Loyola defeated former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -foe Saint Peter’s University, 59-49, Saturday evening in Reitz Arena.
• Loyola trailed by as much as 12 points early in the second half before Bri Betz-White hit a 3-point field goal that sparked the game-winning run.
• Throughout the streak, Loyola’s defense held the Peacocks scoreless for almost 11 minutes, as the Greyhounds' offense turned a 42-30 deficit into a 53-42 advantage by the 1:13 mark.
• The last time Loyola scored 20-plus unanswered points was on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, against Lehigh University in Reitz Arena.
• For the first time this season, Loyola outscored its opponent  in the paint. Recording 24 points against the Peacocks.
• Betz-White led all players on Saturday, scoring a career-high 19 points, while junior Jeneh Perry added 15 points off the bench. For the second-straight contest, sophomore Lauren Daugherty led Loyola on the glass, grabbing a game-high nine boards.
• Prior to tipoff, the Peacocks’ head coach Pat Coyle, who led lead the Greyhounds to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 1993 and ‘94, was recognized for her achievement on the Evergreen Campus.

THROUGH THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
• 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).

LOYOLA IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
• 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).

STRONG SHOWING AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED MARYLAND
• 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. 

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 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).

HOME SWEET HOME
• 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 269-222 all-time at home.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 64-55 overall record on the home hardwood, in 10 seasons.

OFF THE BENCH
• 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.

DOWNTOWN DIVAS
• 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. 

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. 

YOUTH AND VITALITY
• 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.

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.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his 10th season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 128-155 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 .