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Women's Basketball Visits The Lehigh Valley Saturday

Lisa Mirarchi

Lisa Mirarchi

Jan. 10, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Time 2 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Stabler Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola begins a new era of basketball, joining the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.  
• The Greyhounds head to the road for their fourth regular-season Patriot League matchup on Saturday, Jan. 11. Loyola will meetup with Lehigh University for a 2 p.m. tipoff. 
• After Wednesday’s contest, senior Nneka Offodile passed Meredith Tolley (‘07-’11) on the program’s blocked shots list, recording 75 stops during her time in the green and grey uniform. 
• In their last outing, the Greyhounds fell to 3-11 overall in a 52-34 decision from Reitz Arena Wednesday afternoon. After the loss to American, Loyola looks to record its first league win of the season.
• Junior Nai Brown leads the offense averging double figures, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett controls the boards with 6.1 rpg. 

Series with Lehigh
• Loyola and Lehigh will meet for the seventh time in series history when the two teams matchup for conference play on Saturday. 
• The Greyhounds are looking to record their first win from Bethlehem, Pa., as the Mountain Hawks are undefeated on their home hardwood. 
• Under Head Coach Joe Logan the series is knotted at 1-1. The solo victory was recorded last season when Loyola hosted Lehigh on December 12, 2012, from Reitz Arena. 
• In that same matchup, Loyola shot 53.8-percent from the field in the second half and used a 22-0 run that covered more than six minutes to defeat Lehigh, 60-48.
• The Greyhounds outscored Lehigh, 36-20, in the second half, and forced five turnovers. In the final 20 minutes, the Mountain Hawks had 12 turnovers to the Greyhounds’ six. 

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola travels back to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Jan. 15 for a matchup with the Lafayette College Leopards. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Game Out
• Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball used a 12-2 run in the final two minutes to cap of a strong second-half effort despite a 52-34 loss to American University Wednesday afternoon on Field Trip Day.
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 11 points, while Jeneh Perry recorded a game-high 11 rebounds in her second-career start.
• In the second half, Loyola’s bench outscored American 9-2, while the Greyhounds also held a 7-4 advantage in second chance points.
• After a first half that garnered only 10 points, the Greyhounds returned from the locker room with new energy. Senior Nneka Offodile sparked the offensive effort after connecting on a jumper from Perry, 34-12, with 13:10 remaining. Moments later a pair of free throws by Mirarchi pulled Loyola within 22, 36-14, but it was a Lauren Daugherty three-point basket that put the fans on their feet.  
• The Eagles led by as much as 28 points with three minutes left to play, but the Greyhounds’ 12-2 run chipped away the deficit to 18. 

Daugherty Career Day
• Freshman Lauren Daugherty had a big day at Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.
• The 6-0 forward recorded personal bests in points (5), field goals (2), three-point field goals (1) and minutes (21).
• Daugherty sparked Loyola’s offense against the Eagles in the second half, scoring the Greyhounds’ first three of the entire contest. 

On The Rebound 
• After recording only six offensive boards against Army on Sunday, the Greyhounds grabbed 13 offensive rebounds three days later versus American. 
• The 200-percent improvement was led by sophomore Jeneh Perry with 5 offensive rebounds, 11 total on Wednesday afternoon. 

Turnover Trends
• Since starting Patriot League action in January 2014, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. They are averaging 12.6 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate. 
• In league only games, the Greyhounds rank fifth in turnover margin.

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. 

Mirarchi On The National List
• Not only does freshman Lisa Mirarchi hold the program record for best free-throw percentage at Loyola, she has also made her way onto the national stage. 
• She entered the week ranked among the top-10, seventh nationally, before dropping to 92-percent after hosting American on Wednesday. 
• Mirarchi is one of three players from the Patriot League to sit among the nations top-10 free-throw percentage shooters. 

Continued Action From The Charity Stripe
• Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 34 times against UMBC on Dec. 21, 2013, and Nai Brown took 20 of the 34 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. 

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. 

Close Calls
• Seven of Loyola’s 14 games this season have been decided by six points or less. 

Action From The Floor
• In two of Loyola’s three victories, the Greyhounds shot 40-percent or better from the floor. In the third win on Dec. 21, 2013, Loyola recorded .315 (17-54) field-goal percentage.  
• Comparatively, eight of Loyola’s 11 loses have seen field goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

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 2-4 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-214 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-46 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 75 stops and is seven blocks away from passing Erica Rath (‘77-’01), who recorded 81 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 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.   

Book Worms
• 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.

What’s Missing
• 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 124-134 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.