Dec. 30, 2011
|Opponent||Niagara Purple Eagles|
|Date||Monday, January 2, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
|Online Media||Free Video | Free Audio | Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball returns home for the first time in almost a month when the Greyhounds open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against Niagara at 4:30 p.m. at Reitz Arena.
- The Greyhounds are coming off a 1-4 road trip, the team's longest road stint since the 2009-10 season.
- Loyola is 260-175 all-time at home including 106-54 (.663) in conference play. Head coach Joe Logan is 60-48 in MAAC contests and 33-21 at Reitz Arena.
- Logan earned his 100th career victory with the win at George Washington, tying Patty Coyle for the most win in program history.
Scouting the Purple Eagles
- Niagara enters play on Monday with a 3-9 overall record with losses in its last three contests.
- The Purple Eagles are coming off an 81-30 loss at Syracuse in their last game.
- Lauren Gatto leads Niagara in scoring (8.9 points per game) and rebounds (5.8 rebounds per game)
- Niagara was picked to finish 10th in the MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Kayla Stroman was a MAAC Preseason Third Team selection and is currently second on the team at 7.8 points per game.
Series with Niagara
- This marks the 47th meeting all-time between the Purple Eagles and the Greyhounds including Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament games.
- Loyola is 32-14 all-time against Niagara and 29-14 during the regular-season
- The Greyhounds have won three-straight against the Purple Eagles, with two wins coming in Reitz Arena. Loyola is 19-3 against Niagara at home.
- Head Coach Joe Logan is 9-3 in his career against Niagara, going 6-0 at home.
- The Greyhounds won both meetings between the two teams last season, defeating the Purple Eagles 55-44 on the road and 67-41 at home.
Loyola vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- The Greyhounds are 180-175 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 60-48 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
- Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
- The Greyhounds are 106-54 at home against the MAAC, including 33-21 under Logan.
- Loyola went 7-2 last season at home against conference opponents.
In MAAC Openers
- The Greyhounds are 14-8 all-time in MAAC openers, going 5-1 under Logan.
- Loyola is a perfect 6-0 in MAAC home openers since Logan took over in the 2005-06 season and have won seven-straight MAAC home openers overall.
- Loyola is 15-7 in MAAC home openers in program history.
Last Time They Met
- Loyola defeated Niagara 67-41 at Reitz Arena in the team's last meeting on Feb. 14, 2011.
- Nine players scored for Loyola, led by Miriam McKenzie's 12 points\
- The Greyhounds stretched the lead to 31 points with 11:49 remaining in the second half, as all 11 Greyhounds saw the court in the game.
- Niagara was led in scoring by Megan Waterman and Chanel Johnson, who added 10 points apiece for the Purple Eagles.
- Loyola outrebounded Niagara 42-28 and had 10 steals in the game.
- The Greyhounds play their second-straight home game when they host Manhattan, on Wednesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
- Towson's Krystal Parnell hit a layup as time expired as the Tigers defeated Loyola, 56-54, at Towson Center on Thursday night.
- It was the sixth-straight win for the Tigers, who were ranked 22nd in the latest mid-major poll.
- Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 15 points, while Alyssa Sutherland had a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shootings.
- Miriam McKenzie scored 11 points in her return to the Loyola lineup after missing the previous three games.
Logan Earns 100th career victory
- 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 earned his 100th career win when Loyola defeated George Washington, 70-62, on the road on Dec. 18.
- Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins last season.
- The Greyhounds concluded non-conference play with a 4-7 record, playing the 58th toughest schedule in the country according to the Sagarin Rankings.
- Of Loyola's 11 non-conference opponents, only three are below the top-200 in the RPI. Towson and Maryland both are in the top-50 on the RPI.
- Loyola took on nationally-ranked Maryland, along with Pittsburgh from the BIG EAST.
- The Greyhounds also 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), Lehigh (won 3 of last 4 Patriot League titles and picked second this season), Patriot League favorite American and Towson (ranked 22 in Mid-Major Top 25 and 33rd in RPI.
Ranking Near the Top
- Junior guard Katie Sheahin currently ranks in the top-10 of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in four major categories.
- Sheahin is third in scoring (14.3 points), seventh in rebounds (6.0), seventh in assists (3.4) and first in steals (3.6).
- Since struggling against Lehigh, Sheahin has carried the Greyhound offense, averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals points per game of her last four contests.
Beyond the Arc
- Sophomore guard Nicole Krusen enters the week ranked first in the MAAC in 3-point shooting percentage, connecting on 47.7-percent of her attempts (21-for-44).
- She also ranks fifth in the conference at 2.0 made 3-pointers per game.
- After struggling the first four games of the season, Krusen is 20-for-39 from downtown in her last seven games and is third on the team averaging 9.6 points per game.
- Krusen has hit five 3-pointers in a game twice this season, becoming just the third Loyola player in program history to accomplish the feat.
Better In the Second Half
- Loyola is averaging 11.2 more points in the second half this season, scoring 33.7 points in the second compared to 22.5 points in the first.
- The Greyhounds also are shooting 39.6-percent in the second half compared to 34.2-percent in the first.
- Eight of Loyola's first 11 games have been decided by eight points or less.
- In each those eight games, the contest was within one posession heading into the final minute of play.
- Loyola owns a 4-1 record in games when leading with five minutes remaining. The team is 0-6 in games when trailing with five minutes remaining.
Climbing the Charts
- Miriam McKenzie became the 21st player in Loyola history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark last season, and enters today's game 10th on the all-time chart with 1,120 career points.
- Loyola graduated Erica DiClemente last year, who finished as the ninth leading scorer in Greyhound history at 1,123.
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 208.
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.
- Loyola posted a 7-2 record at home against MAAC opponents last season
Can't Make it to the Game?
- Beginning this season, Loyola University Maryland will offer free video of most home athletic events for the 2011-12 season.
- Loyola will partner with Stretch Internet to provide the content. The department also will continue to offer free audio of games, and it will provide live stats through the Stretch Internet portal.
- Loyola games that are being broadcast will be available on a variety of smart phones.
- Loyola will broadcast all non-televised home men's and women's basketball contests.
Follow Women's Basketball on Twitter and Facebook
- Keep up with Loyola women's basketball on Facebook and Twitter. Like Loyola University Maryland women's basketball on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wbbloyola) and following us on Twitter (@LoyolaWBB). You can also follow Coach Joe Logan on Twitter (@CoachJoeLogan).