Women's Basketball Hosts First Patriot League Game In Reitz Arena
Jan. 3, 2014
|Opponent||The United States Military Academy|
|Date||Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
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Loyola begins a new era of basketball, joining the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.
The Greyhounds will host their first-ever Patriot League regular-season matchup Sunday afternoon, taking on the Army Black Knights at 1 p.m.
Junior Nai Brown lead the offense, averaging double figures this season.
Nneka Offodile, Tiffany Padgett and Brown are averaging five or more rebounds a game, while freshman Lisa Mirarchi has hit 91-percent of her shots from the charity stripe.
Loyola recorded its first win of the season, a 72-62 decision against Howard University on November 20, 2013. The Greyhounds went on to tally their first road win at Saint Peter's, 66-65, on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Series with the United States Military Academy
Loyola and Army will meet for the sixth time in series history, as the Greyhounds hold a 4-1 advantage in the previous five games.
The Greyhounds are undefeated when hosting the Black Knights at Reitz Arena. In 2009 Loyola won in a 63-55 decision, and in 2011 a closer matchup ended with a four-point victory margin in favor of Loyola.
Last season, the Greyhounds finished out their non-conference slate in West Point, N.Y., defeating Army 53-47 and closing out non-conference play with a record of 5-6.
What's On Deck For The Greyhounds?
Loyola will host American University on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for the team's annual Field Trip Day. Local students from across the Baltimore area will attend the matchup to help cheer on the Greyhounds as they host the Eagles at 11:30 a.m.
Last Game Out
Loyola dropped its first Patriot League regular-season game, falling to the United States Naval Academy, 67-44, Thursday evening in Annapolis, Md.
The Greyhounds held the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year to Jade Geif to only four points, controlling Navy in the paint, 14-8.
Junior Nai Brown led Loyola with 12 points, recording her 13th double-figure score of the season. Senior Nicole Krusen and freshman Lisa Mirarchi added eight each, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett chipped in six, leading the rebounding effort with eight total boards.
Despite the loss, Loyola outscored the Midshipmen 27-22 in the second half.
Excluding the Towson University game, Loyola has outscored its last eight opponents, 260-212, in the second half.
Of those eight games, the Greyhounds' offense scored more points in 20 minutes than their competitor.
During that time, Loyola has forced 46 turnovers while outshooting its opponent from the line and shooting 66-percent (74-112).
Action From The Charity Stripe
Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 34 times against UMBC, and Nai Brown took 20 of the attempts.
Her 20 free throw attempts are second most in school single-game history, four shy of tying the March 4, 1990, mark set by Patty Stoffey against Saint Peter's.
Brown made 13 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for eighth in single-game history. Stoffey holds that record, as well, with 18.
Her performance from the line contributed to 13 of her career-high 23 points against the Retrievers. Following the career and program record performance, Brown was named to the Patriot League's Honorable Mention weekly list.
Loyola In The Patriot League
The Greyhounds are ranked fourth in steals among Patriot League teams, grabbing 7.8 thefts per contest. Lehigh leads the way averaging 9.0 steals per game.
Loyola is averaging 67-percent from the free-throw line, which ranks eighth among the league. The United States Military Academy leads the way at 75-percent.
The Baltimore 500
Women's basketball is eight wins away from joining men's basketball and men's soccer in earning 500-program wins in their respective sport.
This excludes Loyola programs that do not record a traditional head-to-head overall record.
Getting To The Free-Throw Line
The Greyhounds are 3-1 when shooting more free throws than their opponent.
In a 56-49 victory over UMBC on Saturday, Dec. 21, Loyola went to the line a season-high 34 times.
The Greyhounds are averaging 12.3 free throws per contest this season.
In program history, freshman Lisa Mirarchi and senior Nicole Krusen have left their mark at the charity stripe. The two guards are ranked first and fourth, respectively, in free-throw percentage.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
Loyola was picked to finish eighth in its inaugural Patriot League season, as it unveiled in a preseason poll voted on by all 10 league coaches and sports information directors.
The United States Naval Academy, last year's Patriot League Tournament Champions, took the top spot with 157 votes and 14 first-place nods. The United States Military Academy and fellow Patriot League-newcomer Boston University finished second and third, respectively, with three first-place votes each. The College of the Holy Cross grabbed the fourth place spot with 112 points, while Lehigh University (97) and American University (87) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Bucknell University was selected seventh, totaling 62 votes, followed by Loyola (54), Lafayette College (37) and Colgate University (33).
Mirarchi Makes a Point
Freshman Lisa Mirarchi has continued to play solid at the point guard position, scoring 13 points in back-to-back matchups versus Howard and Pittsburgh in the month of November.
The rookie was named was named Anaconda Sports Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League office Monday, Nov. 25.
Mirarchi, who earned the first conference honor of her career and the first for a women's basketball player this season, averaged 13 points on 6-12 shooting, hitting one three-pointer while making her first career start in a 72-62 win over Howard University on Wednesday evening. The freshman recorded back-to-back career-high points last week, while also shooting a remarkable 93-percent from the free throw line.
The West Chester, Pa., native connected on a career-high seven free throws against Pitt on Saturday, Nov. 23, grabbing a career-high four rebounds against the Panthers, in the same game.
Mirarchi is ranked fourth among the league in free-throw percentage and tied for fourth in steals.
A Story of Comebacks
On Sunday, Dec. 1, Loyola overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Saint Peter's University, 66-65, in non-conference action.
The last time the Greyhounds overcame a 10-plus point deficit came against the Peacocks on January 6, 2013, when Loyola defeated Saint Peter's, 56-47, in Reitz Arena. The last 14-plus point deficit was on February 25, 2011, when Loyola defeated Iona College in overtime in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Twenty days later, the Greyhounds overcame a 15-point deficit to win their final non-conference matchup at home, 56-49, against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Butler Breaks Out
Sophomore Brittany Butler had a big day at the Comcast Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, making her first collegiate start at No. 8 Maryland.
At the time, the sophomore guard recorded personal bests in points (6), field goals (3), rebounds (1), assists (1), steals (2) and minutes (20).
Butler sparked Loyola's offense against the Terrapins, scoring the Greyhounds' first four points against Alyssa Thomas, the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, and nationally ranked Maryland.
Six of Loyola's 12 games this season have been decided by six points or less.
Meet The New Faces On The Bench
Joining Head Coach Joe Logan on the Greyhounds' bench this season will be four-year veteran Jill Glessner, and new additions Ryan Gensler and Laura Harper.
Gensler joins the Greyhounds' staff after spending the last two seasons at St. Bonaventure University; where he was an assistant coach to Jim Crowley. In his first season with the Bonnies, Gensler helped the women's basketball team to a program-record 31 wins and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. St. Bonaventure finished the Atlantic 10 Conference season with a perfect 14-0 record, winning the conference regular season title for the first time in school history.
Harper, a former University of Maryland standout and WBNA post player, joined the women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant in early September. Harper replaced another former Terrapins player whose jersey now resides in the Comcast Center rafters, Keith Booth.
Harper, who played four seasons at Maryland, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft by the Sacramento Monarchs.
She led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championship. At the tournament, she received the NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player award after scoring a career-high 24 points in the semifinal game against North Carolina.
Harper sits atop the charts at Maryland with 198 blocked shots. She ranks sixth in free throws made, while scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.
Home Sweet Home
The Greyhounds are 2-2 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-212 at home.
Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-44 overall record on the home hardwood.
Offodile On The Blocked Shots List
In addition to leading the 2012-13 squad in blocked shots, senior Nneka Offodile is leaving her mark on the program's all-time blocked shots list.
The 6-0-foot forward is currently ranked 8th all-time with 70 stops and is five blocks away from passing Meredith Tolley (`07-'11), who recorded 74 during her time in the green and grey uniform.
Strong Non-Conference Action
Four of Loyola's 11 non-conference games will be against teams that qualified for postseason play last season, including one NCAA Tournament team.
The University of Maryland has qualified for 10-straight postseasons after going 26-8 last year and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2013.
The University of Hartford made it to the first round of the WNIT last season, qualifying for postseason play for the ninth consecutive year.
East Carolina University made its second appearance in the WNIT, after going 22-9 last season.
The 2013 season marked the second-consecutive year Howard University played in the postseason, getting invited to participate in the Women's Basketball Invitational in Philadelphia. The Bison held a 20-11 overall record in 2012-13, but dropped the MEAC Championship title game to the No. 1 seed Hampton Pirates.
Sheahin Signs Overseas
Katie Sheahin, a 2013 graduate of Loyola, signed a professional contract to play in Germany's Division I League for the Giro Live Panthers.
A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sheahin will play in the top basketball league in Germany. Last year, the team went 16-13-1 and made it to the semifinals of the league playoff.
Sheahin joins Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente, Vika Sholokhova, Siobhan Prior and current Greyhound assistant coach Jill Glessner as players coached by Joe Logan who have continued their basketball careers professionally.
The Loyola women's basketball team recorded a 100-percent graduation success rate score, according to the NCAA graduation success rate numbers that were published in the fall.
Women's basketball was one of eight Loyola programs to record a perfect score, as the Greyhounds achieved a 95-percent cumulative graduation rate for all sports for the 2003-2006 cohorts that make up this year's report. That rate is tied for 20th among the 346 NCAA Division I schools included in the report.
Can't Make It To The Game...No Worries
In August 2013, the Patriot League launched a free network featuring live and on-demand content from all 10-league schools on a free-HD platform.
All of Loyola's home games, and conference road contests, will be streamed live and for free of charge on the network.
No log-in or subscription is required, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.
The Greyhounds lost Katie Sheahin, Alyssa Sutherland and Candice Walker to expired eligibility.
Sheahin ended her career as the all-time leader in steals in Greyhound history with 347 thefts. The two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year left as Loyola's third-leading scorer of all-time with 1,513 points. She also has the most minutes played in Loyola history with 3,980 minutes.
Sutherland finished with the most games started in Loyola history with 100. She also ranked fifth in steals at 195, and second in minutes played with 3,518.
Not Your Average Joe
Head coach Joe Logan enters his ninth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 124-132 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 become Loyola's winningest coach by all-time wins.
Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record best 21 wins in 2010-11.
Logan is assisted by Jill Glessner, Ryan Gensler, Laura Harper and director of basketball operations Dalila Eshe.
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