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Colgate Hosts Women's Basketball Saturday

Nicole Krusen and Brittany Butler during a timeout.

Nicole Krusen and Brittany Butler during a timeout.

Jan. 24, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Colgate Raiders
Date Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Time 4 p.m.
Location Hamilton, N.Y. | Cotterell Court
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola plays its eighth Patriot League game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 25, when it travels to Colgate for a 4 p.m. matchup.
• Both the Greyhounds and Raiders enter Saturday’s game tied in league play at 1-6.
• The Greyhounds have lost three straight after winning their first Patriot League contest in program history on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Lehigh University, 70-64.
• In that same contest, Loyola posted its best shooting performance of the season, 48-percent.
• Despite losses to Boston University and Bucknell, the Greyhounds outshot their opponents in the last two games. 
• Junior Nai Brown was named to the Patriot League’s honorable mention list this week after recording more points than any other women’s basketball player last weekend. Her 28 game-high points against Boston University were a career-high for the junior guard.

Series with Colgate
• Saturday’s matchup versus the Raiders will be the first between the two teams. 

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola will close out the month of January hosting College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Last Game Out
• Loyola dropped a 67-60 decision to Bucknell on Wednesday night, falling to 4-14 overall and 1-6 in the Patriot League.
• In a game that included 13 tied scores and 10 lead changes, Loyola shot over 40-percent from the floor for the second game in a row.
• For the second-consecutive game, Loyola scored 60 points, improving its January scoring average to 67 points per game, an improvement from December (55.4ppg).
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 16 points, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett contributed a career-high 14 points and junior Nai Brown chipped in 10. Seniors Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile led the way with six rebounds each.
• The Greyhounds recorded their fourth-consecutive contest with multiple players in double-figures.  In five of the last seven games, Loyola has had two or more players post 10-plus points in the green and grey uniform.
• Offodile knotted the score for the final time, 53-53, with two and a half minutes left to play, but the Bison would maintain control of the lead for the remainder of the game, leading by as much as nine before a Mirarchi layup ended the game 67-60. 

Turnover Trends
• Since starting Patriot League action in January, and excluding the Lehigh game, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 14.2 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate. 
• In six of the last seven league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. 

Take It To The Basket
Nai Brown recorded her 15th double-figure score on Wednesday, after posting a career-high 28 points against the Boston University Terriers in the previous matchup.
• The junior has recorded three or more field goals in 18-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 two players from the Patriot League to sit among the nations top-20 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 23 points against the Retrievers. Following the career and program record performance, Brown was named to the Patriot League’s Honorable Mention weekly list. 

Glass Half Full
• Senior Nneka Offodile has not had a recording-breaking career performance recently, but her small victories are filling up the stat sheet and proving beneficial to the Greyhounds.
• On January 15 versus Lafayette, she tied a career-high four steals against the Leopards. In three of the last four games Offodile has led the team in thefts.
• In the last seven games, the senior forward has lent a helping hand on one or more occasions and continues to build up her blocks count, rising on the career-blocks chart in Loyola history.

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 18 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those eight contests, the Greyhounds have come out victorious on three occasions, most recently 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 when defeating the UMBC Retrievers.  
• Comparatively, 11 of Loyola’s 14 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 2-6 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-216 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-48 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 79 stops and is three 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 125-137 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.