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Bucknell Travels To Reitz Arena For Mid-Week WBB Matchup

Tiffany Padgett

Tiffany Padgett

Jan. 21, 2014

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Opponent Bucknell University
Date Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola plays its seventh Patriot League game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when it hosts Bucknell University at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
• The Greyhounds have lost two straight, after winning their first Patriot League contest in program history, on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Lehigh University, 70-64. 
• In that same game, Loyola posted its best shooting performance of the season, at 48-percent. 
• Despite the loss to Boston University on Sunday, the Greyhounds outshot the Terriers, 42.6-36.8-percent. 
• On Sunday, Nai Brown recorded more points than any other Patriot League women’s basketball player that weekend. Her 28 game-high points were a career-high for the junior guard.
• The next day, Brown was named to the Patriot League honorable mention list for her performance. 

Series with Bucknell
• Loyola and Bucknell will meet for the 11th time in program history as they take to the hardwood on Wednesday. 
• Since the beginning of series history in 1983, the two teams have traded wins in each meeting. Due to the alternating success and even number of matchups, the two teams are knotted at five apiece. 
• When hosting the Bison in Reitz Arena, Loyola holds a 4-1 advantage. 
• The two teams last met on Dec. 1, 2010, as the Greyhounds defeated Bucknell, 59-55, from Reitz Arena. 
• Loyola forced 20 first-half turnovers and doubled Bucknell’s field-goal output in building a 36-21 first half advantage and held on for the Greyhounds’ first win of the season of the 2010-11 season.

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Colgate for the first time in program history. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. 

Last Game Out
• Junior Nai Brown knocked down a career-high 28 points, but Loyola fell to fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, 70-60, Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
• Brown reached 20-plus points for the fifth time and for the third time in the last five games to lead the Greyhounds offensively, while she also had a team-best eight rebounds. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi chipped in 10 points and a team-best five assists.
• The Greyhounds shot 42.6-percent from the floor, including 70.6-percent from the charity stripe. For the second time this season, Brown made 10 or more trips to the free-throw line, contributing eight of her 28 game points from the charity stripe.
• The Terriers led by as much as 14 points in the first half, but Loyola closed the period with an 8-0 run, 28-22.
• With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Loyola pulled within six after a Jeneh Perry layup, but Boston University scored four additional game-points from the charity stripe.
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett recorded a game-high five steals, a record which tied her career-best from hosting Niagara University on Jan. 31, 2013. 

Turnover Trends
• Since starting Patriot League action in January 2014 and excluding the Lehigh game, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 13.4 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate. 
• In five of the last six league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. 

Take It To The Basket
Nai Brown recorded her 14th double-figure score on Sunday, after posting a career-high 28 points against the Boston University Terriers.
• The junior has recorded three or more field goals in 17-straight contests, after averaging only 2.6 points in 7.5 minutes of action last season.

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 3-1 when shooting more free throws than their opponent. 
• In a 70-64 victory over Lehigh University on Saturday, Jan. 11, Loyola shot a season-high 83-percent from the charity stripe. 
• The Greyhounds are averaging 17.9 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 enters this week tied for 14th nationally among all Division I women’s basketball players.
• Mirarchi is one of three players from the Patriot League to sit among the nations top-50 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 an even greater deficit, 15-points to be exact, to win their final non-conference matchup at home, 56-49, against the UMBC Retrievers on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Close Calls
• Eight of Loyola’s 17 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those eight contests, the Greyhounds have come out victorious on three occasions, last defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 70-64, from Stabler Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

Action From The Floor
• In three of Loyola’s four victories, the Greyhounds shot 40-percent or better from the floor. In the third win on Dec. 21, 2013, Loyola recorded a .315 (17-54) field-goal percentage against the UMBC Retrievers.  
• Comparatively, 10 of Loyola’s 13 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 2-5 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-215 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-47 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 78 stops and is four 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 seven 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 125-136 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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