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Iona and Women's Basketball Face Off at Reitz Arena

Kathleen Excellent

Kathleen Excellent

Jan. 15, 2011

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Opponent: Iona Gaels
When: Sunday, January 16, 2011
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2:00 p.m.


The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team will face off with Iona at Reitz Arena on Sunday. Tip-off set for 2 p.m. This is the 50th meeting between the Greyhounds and the Gaels.


Scouting Iona
• Iona is 5-12 and 1-4 in the MAAC this season. The Gaels opened up conference 0-3 (Siena, Marist, Fairfield) before defeating Niagara. Iona lost to Saint Peter’s on Thursday, 56-47.
• Last season, the Gaels finished 18-14 and was 7-7 on the road.
• The Gaels are led by Anda Ivkovic who has 189 points, an average of 11.8 a game. Kristina Ford had 184 points, an average of 10.8 a game and leads on the boards with 99, an average of 5.8.
• Iona is coached by Anthony Bozzella who is in his ninth season with the Gaels.
• Loyola is 32-17 all-time against Iona.
• The Gaels won the last seven meetings before the Greyhounds defeated Iona last season on the road. But the Gaels defeated the Greyhounds at Reitz Arena last season.


Three Point Shot
• The Greyhounds hit 15 three pointers against Manhattan which is the most in school history.
• It is also tied for second in the MAAC with Niagara who had 15 at home against Rider on December 3, 2004.
• The most three pointers in the MAAC is 16 set by Marist at home against Canisius on February 10, 2008.
• With a couple of road wins against Manhattan and Rider this is the fourth time the Greyhounds have started the conference 2-0 (2010-11, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07).
• The Greyhounds are 3-0 in conference for the first time under Head Coach Joe Logan.


Two Weeks In A Row
Katie Sheahin named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday, January 10. This is the second week in a row Sheahin has been honored.
• Sheahin recorded 34 points, 11 steals, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Greyhounds over Rider and Canisius.
• On the road against Rider, she had eight rebounds, six steals and 20 points. Sixteen of her points came in the second half of the game. Sheahin shot 80-percent from the free throw line on 4-of-5 shooting and was perfect from the three point line.
• At Reitz Arena against Canisius, she had 14 points, five steals and five assist. Sheahin shot 75-percent from the free throw line.
• This award is the second of Sheahin’s career and the third this season for a Loyola player.


Sheahin POW
Katie Sheahin named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced January 3.
• Sheahin had a double-double for the Greyhounds in the win over Manhattan on Sunday. She had a career high 19 points, with 11 coming in the second half, and 10 assists.
• Against the Jaspers, Sheahin shot 6-of-7 from the field including connecting on two three pointers and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. She had seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
• Against UMBC, Sheahin had 15 points with 13 coming in the second half. She also had a career high seven steals against the Retrievers.
• She shot 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She had three rebounds and three assists.
• This award is the first of Sheahin’s career and the second this season for a Loyola player.


DiClemente Honored
Erica DiClemente named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week announced on December 13th.
• She scored 23 points in consecutive games last week against then-No.22 Maryland and Mount St. Mary’s, set career-highs in points in the process.
• Shot 9-of-15 from the field against the Mount and led the Greyhounds to a 74-58 victory. She scored 15 of her points in the first half and finished the game 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.
• She led Loyola with a season-high eight rebounds versus the Mountaineers.
• Against Maryland, she made 7-of-14 field goal attempts and knocked down 4-of-6 threes. She tallied 15 of her points after halftime versus Maryland.
• Her 46-point week raised her scoring average to a team-best 13.2 points per game this season, a mark good for sixth in the MAAC. She is shooting 45.4-percent from the field and her 40.4-percent from the 3-point range is fourth best in the league.
• The award is the first of DiClemente’s career and the first this season for a Loyola player.


Single-Game Assist Record
Katie Sheahin tied a 14-year old single-game assist record.
• Sheahin’s 11 assists tied the Loyola single-game record, matching Corey Hewitt’s mark of 11 against South Carolina on December 29, 1996.
• Sheahin had her first double-double of the career with 11 points and 11 assists.


Strong Perimeter
The Greyhounds look to have a strong offense this season with the return of Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente and Katie Sheahin who scored a combined 1,032 points of Loyola’s 1,833 points last season. Loyola will be strong around the perimeter with returning four guards this season including Candice Walker who was injured last season.

“We think we will have opportunities to score,” said Head Coach Joe Logan. “The biggest thing we will be looking for from them (McKenzie, DiClemente and Sheahin) is consistency. They will cause some matchup problems on the perimeter. “We are going to be guard heavy, offensively. But we think that is a good problem to have. We think that good guards help you win games and good guards help you win championships. We think our posts will contribute as well.”


All So Different
Defensively, the Greyhounds lost Kaitlin Grant, who led Loyola in steals with 75 last season. Sophomore Katie Sheahin had 51 steals last season and Alyssa Sutherland added in 42. Miriam McKenzie led in rebounds with 228, while Erica DiClemente added 150 and Meredith Tolley had 116. Sheahin also contributed with 21 blocks.

“We think Katie is really going to have to step up and be a defensive stopper, Erica DiClemente’s experience being here as a fifth-year senior is going to help her and Miriam McKenzie’s athletic ability will help,” said Logan. “We have pretty good defenders on the perimeter and they are all different. So that is a good problem to have as far as the versatility on the defensive end.

“In the post, Alyssa Sutherland is a sophomore who got a lot of good experience last year and learned from Kaitlin Grant. We think she gives us a little bit of a taller presence then we had in the past and Meredith Tolley is going to rely on her age and experience to help her defend. We are a little bit further along defensively then we have been in the past. We are deeper and more athletic than we have been in the past as well.”


Progressing Nicely
The Greyhounds added three freshmen to this season’s roster. In her senior season, Nicole Krusen scored 359 points and shot 77-percent from the free throw line. She was the all-time leading scoring for her high school with 1,638 points, making 345 three pointers during her career. Nneka Offodile senior season scored 238 points, 27 blocks and had 120 rebounds.

“Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile had a really good summer,” said Logan. “They were both here for summer school and were able to work out with our strength coach which we think is a huge asset.

“We are looking for Nneka to come in as a bigger presence and for her to rebound and score when she is available. She is going to be a pleasant surprise for us and a lot of people in the league who don’t know about her.

“Nicole Krusen is just a tremendous three-point shooter and understands the game. She is a great shooter and good passer.


Junior First Team
Junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named to the preseason All-MAAC First Team after earning All-MAAC First Team honors last season. She played in and started all 30 games, averaging 33.7 minutes a game and scoring 501 points, an average of 16.7 a game. She had 85 assists, 228 rebounds, 11 blocks and 35 steals.

In McKenzie’s two years as a Greyhound, she has played in 39 games, averaging 28.7 minutes per game and scored 546 points, averaging 14.0 points per game.


All-MAAC Honors
Sophomore Katie Sheahin was named to the preseason All-MAAC Third Team after earning MAAC All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman. She played in 24 games in her first year as a Greyhound, averaging 28.0 minutes a game and scoring 211 points, an average of 8.8 per contest. She shot 70-percent from the free throw line and had 110 rebounds. She also chipped in 41 assists, 21 blocks and 51 steals.


Picked Third Overall
Marist was picked to win the MAAC title, receiving all ten first place votes for 100 points in the poll. The Red Foxes won their fifth straight MAAC Championship last season. Following Marist was Iona with 90 points, and Loyola was picked third with 70. This is the highest the Greyhounds have been picked to finish under Coach Logan. Last season, they were picked seventh, and in the 2008-2009 season they were picked fifth.

“We always say it is not about where you start it is where you finish,” said Logan. “We really as everyone in the MAAC really want to win the MAAC Championships. We are talented enough to do that. The challenge is the rest of the league is very talented as well.”

Following the Greyhounds was a tie for fourth with Fairfield and Manhattan both receiving 64 points. They were followed by Niagara (51), Canisius (44), Siena (34), Saint Peter’s (20) and Rider (13).


14-16, 9-9 Last Season
Last season, the Greyhounds were 14-16 and 9-9 in the conference after losing to Fairfield 70-66 in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 Citizens Bank Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Times Union Center, in Albany N.Y. Miriam McKenzie led the way for Loyola last season averaging 16.7 points per game playing an averaging of 33.7 minutes a game. She also led in rebounds having 228, an average of 7.6. Erica DiClemente averaged 10.7 points per game playing in a total of 1,029 minutes a game. She averaged 5.0 rebounds a game and shot 77-percent for the free throw line.


Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights games between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet. edu.

LOYOLA’S JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT
Sat. Jan. 08 Canisius at Loyola L, 57-49
Fri. Jan. 14 Fairfield at Loyola L, 54-52
Sun. Jan. 30 Loyola at Canisius 1:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 6 Loyola at Saint Peter’s 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 19 Loyola at Fairfield TBD
Sun. Feb. 27 Saint Peter’s at Loyola 12:00 p.m.


Follow Loyola on Facebook and Twitter
Loyola Athletics continues to provide updates on all the Greyhounds teams via its Facebook and Twitter sites. Greyhounds followers can get immediate news via Facebook.com/LoyolaHounds and Twitter.com/LoyolaHounds.


Next Up For Loyola
The Greyhounds will play four games on the road starting with Siena on Saturday, January 22 at 2 p.m.


 

 

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