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Women's Basketball Welcomes 2013 and Conference Play

Jeneh Perry

Jeneh Perry

Jan. 2, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Friday, January 4, 2012
Time 7 p.m.
Location Fairfield, Conn. | Alumni Hall
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The Greyhounds
• Thirteen Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while six have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds with 174 points, 40 assists, and 25 steals. Kara Marshall follows in second with 83 points and 18 steals, while Nneka Offodile leads the team in rebounds, recording 57.  
Nicole Krusen leads the team from the charity stripe, making 90 percent of her shots from the line. 
• Senior Alyssa Sutherland leads the Greyhounds in shooting, making 47 percent of her field goal attempts. 
• The Greyhounds went, 3-2, in December contests. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola ranks third from the free-throw-line, making 72 percent of its shots. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the pre-season coaches poll. 

Last Time Out
• Loyola handed Army their third loss of the season, defeating the Black Knights 53-47 in West Point, N.Y.
• Senior Katie Sheahin recorded a season-best 25 points against the Black Knights, going 8-8 from the charity stripe. The repeat performance at the line was also seen against No. 5 Maryland in November. 
• Fellow classmate Alyssa Sutherland posted her fourth double-digit score, recording 11 points against Army. The forward also led the Greyhounds with three steals. 
• Junior Nneka Offodile led the Greyhounds with seven rebounds, but it was Army’s Aimee Oertner who led the game with 11 boards. 
• Loyola shot a season-best 87 percent from the free-throw line against Army.
• The Greyhounds tied a season-high going 44 percent from the floor, a best that was also recorded at UMBC on Nov. 17, 2012. 

Scouting the Stags
• Fairfield University enters Friday’s contest 6-5, with the latest win over Wagner, 81-44.
• Before ringing in the new year, the Stags traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to take part in the Saint Joseph’s Hawk Classic. 
• Fairfield dominated from behind the arc against Wagner, shooting 63 percent from three-point range. 
• Junior Alexys Vazquez tied a single-game record hitting seven of nine three-point attempts. The 5’ 10’’ guard also tabbed a career-high 23 points against the Seahawks.
• It was four years ago against Wagner that the Stags recorded 80-plus points in a single game. 
• Brittany Obi-Tabot also recorded a career-best against Wagner, scoring 18 points, with 17 coming in the first half alone. 
• This season, Fairfield is led by Katie Cizynski averaging 12 points a game, and eight rebounds. 

Series with Fairfield
• The Stags lead the series, 34-18, in the last 52 meetings. Loyola lost the last matchup during the 2011-12 regular season, in a heart-breaking 44-42 loss Feb. 24, 2012 in Alumni Hall. 
• Prior to the Feburary loss, the Greyhounds defeated the Stags in three consecutive meetings. 
• In the last meeting, Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 16 points, while graduate Miriam McKenzie notched a double-double with ten points and 13 rebounds. Senior Alyssa Sutherland led the bench with nine points. Loyola outscored the Stags in the paint, 32-12. 

Up Next
• Loyola hosts a double-header Sunday, Jan. 6 in Reitz Arena, as the Greyhounds take on the Peacocks of Saint Peter’s University. The women tipoff at 2:30 p.m., while the men’s team will begin play at noon. 

Women In Sports Day
• The team will host Women in Sports Day Sunday, Feb. 24 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
• Girls throughout the community may tour Reitz Arena and participate in a multitude of activities before watching the team take on Marist College for a 2 p.m. tipoff. After the game, spectators may come to the court and get autographs from a number of Greyhound female athletes, including the women’s basketball team. 

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola was picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Greyhounds finished only 16 points behind Niagara University. In a unanimous vote, the seven-time defending champion Marist College Red Foxes took first.  
The Greyhounds went 9-9 in conference play last season, notching a 6-3 record against teams when playing them for a second time.
• Marist was the only team that swept Loyola during the regular-season. The Greyhounds split with every other team besides Siena, who they beat in both meetings.
• The Greyhounds are 189-193 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 69-58 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 115-79 at home against the MAAC, including 38-25 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 78-111 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-32 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 15.8 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• Sheahin matched her career best twice this season, going 8-8 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Maryland on Nov. 11, 2012 and Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• The guard enters her final season as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, earning a spot on the preseason conference first team. 
• Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She was the fourth player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and former teammate Miriam McKenzie.
• In 2012, Sheahin also led the team in steals with 102, the second most in a single season in Loyola history, as well as assists with 93, and blocks with 34.
• She ranks third all-time at Loyola with 103 career blocks and was one of the top guards in the country last season, at 1.1 blocks per game. She finished the 2011-12 season ranked fourth in the MAAC.
• Last season, she scored in double figures in 11-straight games to end the year.
• Over that stretch, Sheahin averaged 16.4 points per game to go with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals.
• Sheahin scored 20-plus points three times last season, including back-to-back games against George Washington and American. She tied her career-high with 28 points at George Washington.
• This season Sheahin looks to break her 20-plus point game record, as the senior guard already recorded two-20-plus point games, both against Patriot League teams. 

New Kids on the Block
• All five freshman made their collegiate debut in the season opener against the Hartford Hawks. 
Diana Logan was the first rookie to score double digits against UMBC Nov. 17, 2012. The guard went 4-8 from the field, connecting on one basket from downtown. Three weeks later, Logan would record a repeat performance, posting ten points against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. 
• The freshman class has played 373 minutes, scoring 84 points in 11 games. 

Checking the List Twice
• Senior guard Katie Sheahin was named the 2011-12 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
• It was the second-straight year Sheahin earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
• In 2011-12, Sheahin led the conference with 3.4 steals per game, recording 102 total thefts, the second-most in school history.
• She also ranked fourth in blocks at 1.1 per game, turning back 34 last season.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Katie Sheahin scored her 1,000th career point against Iona on Feb. 10, 2012, becoming the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the achievement.
• It was the second season in a row that the Greyhounds had a junior reach the 1,000-point mark after Miriam McKenzie did so in 2010-11.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 3-1 at Reitz Arena this year.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 34-33 on the home hardwood.

Marshall Madness 
Kara Marshall is tied for second on the team in points, averaging 7.5 ppg in the 2012-13 season. 
• The sophomore guard earned 2012 preseason All-MAAC second team honors, in only her second year as a Greyhound.  
• Marshall finished her rookie year ranked second on the Loyola All-Time Freshman scoring list with 329 points last season. Only Patty Stoffey scored more points as a freshman at Loyola with 443 in the 1991-92 season.
• Marshall finished the 2011-12 season ranked ninth in the MAAC in conference games at 13.0 points per game, and ranked second among freshman overall in scoring at 11.0 points per game. Overall, she ranked first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.0 per game) and third in 3-point field goals made (1.5).
• The 5-8 guard earned a spot on the 2011-12 All-MAAC Rookie team.

Cruisin’ Down the Hardwood
• Junior Nicole Krusen recorded her first career double-double against UMBC Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The guard posted 15 points and 10 boards, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• Krusen led the Loyola reserves last season with 3.9 points per game. The six-foot guard connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts in 2011-12, leading the team at 34.4-percent.   

Moving Forward
• In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland and Nneka Offodile, averaging 7.5 and 4.6 points per game, respectively. 
• Sutherland averages 4.5 boards, and is currently third on the tream in rebounds. Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
• Offodile ranks first on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.2 boards per game. The junior forward ties the team-season-record with 10 rebounds against Howard, while fellow classmate Nicole Krusen also grabbed 10 boards against UMBC , Nov. 17, 2012.

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 9-10, or 90 percent. Senior Alyssa Sutherland follows close behind, going 80 percent from the charity stripe.
• Sheahin went 8-8 fom the line twice this season (vs. Maryland and Army), a rematch of her career-high. 
• On Dec. 10, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 87 percent from the free-throw-line, making 13 of their 15 attempts. 
• In 2011-12, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts.
• The percentage ranked as the fifth-highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.

Double Trouble
Katie Sheahin started the 2012-13 season where she ended last season. 
• Offensively, the senior posted double figures for the first five games of the 2012-13 season. 
• Sheahin recorded a season-best 25 points against the Army Black Knights, on Dec. 10 in Christl Arena.  The senior grabbed her ninth-career 20-plus point game. 
• Last season, Sheahin scored in double figures in 11-straight games to end the year.
• Over that stretch, Sheahin averaged 16.4 points per game to go with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 114-111 career record. He has led Loyola to two MAAC Title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• Logan became the all-time winningest coach in Loyola women’s basketball history with a, 67-54, win at Siena on January 7, 2012. 
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Alisha Mosley, Jill Glessner, Keith Booth, and Director of Basketball Operations Erica DiClemente.

The Last Meeting
Loyola Maryland42
Fairfield44
February 24, 2012
Fairfield, Conn.
Fairfield Sneaks Past Women's Basketball
The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team was edged out by Fairfield, 44-42, at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn., on Friday night. Katie Sheahin (above) led Loyola with 16 points while Miriam McKenzie had a double-double