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7 P.M. Tipoff For Women's Basketball Thursday In Reitz Arena

Kara Marshall
Kara Marshall

Jan. 29, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Thursday, January 31, 2013
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while seven have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 252 points, 54 assists, and 44 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 154 points shooting a team-high 43 percent from the floor, while also leading the team with 95 rebounds.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from the charity stripe, making 90 percent of her shots from the line. The junior leads the program shooting 86 percent at the free-throw line.
• Loyola boasts a 7-2 record when outshooting its foe .
• When holding opponents to less than 60 points, the Greyhounds are 7-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola is tied for sixth in defensive rebounding, recording 308 boards in eight games, an average of 38.5 per game. The Greyhounds are tied with the Niagara Purple Eagles. 
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 38 percent from the floor, and 29 percent from behind the arc. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC pre-season coaches poll. 

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds halted a five-game loosing streak, defeating the Iona College Gaels, 64-43, in Reitz Arena Sunday, January 27. Loyola handed Iona its third loss of the season, as the Gaels dropped to 5-3 in MAAC play. 
• The Greyhounds outshot the Gaels, holding Iona to its lowest three-point field goal percentage of the season. 
• Sunday's victory was the first win of the season Loyola won by 16-plus points in a single contest. The last time the Greyhounds won by 20 points occurred last season against Niagara, 68-48, in Reitz Arena Jan. 29, 2012. 
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 23 points, while Kara Marshall knocked in 14. Marshall went 9-10 from the charity stripe, and was one free throw shy of her career-best. Sheahin tabbed a career-high 9 shots from the floor, as rookies Brittany Butler and Diana Logan recorded season-highs in rebounds and minutes, respectively. 
• Iona's bench recorded 13 points to the Greyhounds nine, but Loyola led in points in the paint 26-18. 
• Loyola led by as much as 22 points in the second half, as the Greyhounds held Iona to only nine goals from the field. 

Scouting the Purple Eagles
• Niagara University enters Thursday's matchup, 9-10, with the latest victory over Canisius, 62-49, in Koessler Athletic Center. Lauren Gatto had a game-high 17 points against the Golden Griffins, while Meghan McGuinness recorded 16. Gatto hit seven of her 14 field goal attempts, as McGuinness went 4-4 from the line. 
• The game against Canisius marked the second time this season the Purple Eagles held an opponent to under 50 points. In both contests, Niagara came out on top, defeating the Golden Griffins and the Saint Peter's Peacocks. 
• Gatto leads the Purple Eagles on the scoreboard, averaging 14.3 ppg. The junior center also leads on the glass, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game. 

Series with Niagara
• Loyola leads the series, 33-16, over the past 24 years. 
• The teams split the contests during the regular season, but Niagara defeated the Greyhounds in the quarter finals of the MAAC Championships, 77-63, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. 
• Loyola won four of the last six matchups between the Greyhounds and the Purple Eagles. 
•  In the latest matchup, Loyola had four players score double digits, despite the loss in the quarter finals. Katie Sheahin led with 21 points, while Miriam McKenzie, Alyssa Sutherland, and Kara Marshall added to the effort. 
• The Greyhounds got within one in the second half, but the Purple Eagles eventual built up a double figure lead that would not falter for the remainder of the game.

Up Next
• Loyola hosts the final home game of its four-game home stretch, as the Siena College Saints travel to Reitz Arena for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday, February 1. Earlier this season, the Saints defeated the Greyhounds, 62-52, at the Alumni Recreation Center. 

Women In Sports Day
• The team will host Women in Sports Day Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
• Girls throughout the community may tour Reitz Arena and participate in a multitude of activities before watching the team take on Marist College for a 3 p.m. tipoff. After the game, spectators may come to the court and get autographs from a number of Greyhound female athletes, including the women's basketball team. 

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola is currently ranked eigth in the MAAC, going, 2-6, in eight games. 
• Loyola was picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Greyhounds finished only 16 points behind Niagara University. In a unanimous vote, the seven-time defending champion Marist College Red Foxes took first.  
The Greyhounds went 9-9 in conference play last season, notching a 6-3 record against teams when playing them for a second time.
• Marist was the only team that swept Loyola during the regular-season. The Greyhounds split with every other team besides Siena, who they beat in both meetings.
• The Greyhounds are 191-199 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 71-64 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 117-81 at home against the MAAC, including 40-27 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 78-115 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-36 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.8 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• Sheahin matched her career-best twice this season, going 8-8 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Maryland ( 11/11/12) and Army (12/10/12).
• The guard enters her final season as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, earning a spot on the preseason conference first team. 
• Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She was the fourth player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and former teammate Miriam McKenzie.
• Sheahin scored 20-plus points three times last season, including back-to-back games against George Washington and American. She tied her career-high with 28 points at George Washington. This season Sheahin looks to break her 20-plus point game season-record, as the guard has already scored 20-plus points in three games.  

New Kids on the Block
• All four freshmen made their collegiate debut in the season opener against the Hartford Hawks Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. 
Diana Logan was the first rookie to score double digits against UMBC Nov. 17, 2012. The guard went 4-8 from the field, connecting on one basket from downtown. Three weeks later, Logan would record a repeat performance, posting 10 points against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Logan has posted double figures five times this season. 
• Center Tiffany Padgett scored a double-double in the conference season opener, recording 10 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. The Laurel, Md., native was the first rookie to record a double-double during the 2012-13 season. 
• The freshmen class has played 798 minutes, scoring 201 points in 19 games. 

Conference Opener Opens Doors
• Despite a loss in the conference season opener January 4th against the Fairfield University Stags, three Greyhounds posted career-high numbers in Alumni Hall. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett scored her first career double-double for the inaugural start of her career. The center earned a spot on the starting lineup and proved to be an asset, recording ten points and ten rebounds. The Laurel, Md., native went 5-9 from the floor.
• Fellow classmate Jeneh Perry grabbed a career-best four boards against the Stags on their home court. The freshman also recorded two thefts, one better than her previous career-high. 
• Sophomore Nai Brown led the bench in points, tabbing a career-best nine points for the Greyhounds. The guard went 4-5 from the field, connecting on one shot from behind the arc.

Toeing the Line
• During the non-conference schedule, the Hounds averaged 14.8 free throws per game. Already in MAAC play, the Greyhounds have averaged 11 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 88 of its 132 attempts. 

She's Making the List...and Checking it Twice
• Senior guard Katie Sheahin was named the 2011-12 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches.
• It was the second-straight year Sheahin earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
• In 2011-12, Sheahin led the conference with 3.4 steals per game, recording 102 total thefts, the second-most in school history.
• She also ranked fourth in blocks at 1.1 per game, turning back 34 last season.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 5-3 at Reitz Arena this year.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 56-40 on the home hardwood.

And the Award Goes To...
Katie Sheahin was the first Greyhound to receive MAAC weekly honors during the 2012-13 season. The senior guard was awarded player of the week Dec. 17, 2012, after recording a season-high 25 points against Army in Christl Arena. 

Cruisin' Down the Hardwood
• Junior Nicole Krusen recorded her first career double-double against UMBC Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The guard posted 15 points and 10 boards, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• The junior leads the Greyhounds in shots from the line, connecting on nine of 10 attempts from the charity stripe this season. 
• Krusen led the Loyola reserves last season with 3.9 points per game. The six-foot guard connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts in 2011-12, leading the team at 34.4-percent.   

Moving Forward
• In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett, averaging 8.1 and 3.9 points per game, respectively. 
• Sutherland averages 5.0 boards, and is currently second on the tream in rebounds. Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
Nneka Offodile ranks third on the team in rebounds, averaging 4.2 boards per game. The junior forward ties the team-season-record with 10 rebounds against Howard, while fellow teammates Nicole Krusen (11/17/12 at UMBC) and Padgett (1/4/13 at Fairfield) also grabbed ten rebounds during a single contest. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 9-10, or 90 percent. Freshman Diana Logan follows close behind at .794 from the charity stripe.
Katie Sheahin went 8-8 fom the line twice this season (vs. Maryland and Army), a rematch of her career-high. 
• On Nov. 20, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 92 percent from the free-throw-line, making 12 of their 13 attempts. 
• In 2011-12, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts.
• The percentage ranked as the fifth-highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.

Double Digit Divas
• Seven Greyhounds have tabbed double-digit points this season, scoring a combined 928 points . 
Katie Sheahin started the 2012-13 season where she ended last season. The senior scored in double-figures in 11-straight games to end the 2011-12 season. This year Sheahin posted double figures for the first five games, 12 total during her final season. 
• Two rookies scored in double figures, including Diana Logan who scored 10 points after only two collegiate contests. Tiffany Padgett was the first freshman to record a double-double in the conference season opener at Fairfield University.
• Forwards Alyssa Sutherland and Nneka Offodile recorded double figures for the Greyhounds, while guard Kara Marshall recorded a game-high 18 points at Manhattan Jan. 18, 2013.
• Junior Nicole Krusen scored double-digits thanks to her strength behind the arc, shooting five-plus three-pointers at UMBC, and 12 points off four-threes against Saint Peter's. 

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 116-117 career record. He has led Loyola to two MAAC Title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• Logan became the all-time winningest coach in Loyola women's basketball history with a, 67-54, win at Siena on January 7, 2012. 
• Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Alisha Mosley, Jill Glessner, Keith Booth, and Director of Basketball Operations Erica DiClemente.

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open
• Once again throughout the 2012-13 season, all home games will be broadcast free of charge at "Hounds Unleashed", and available for viewing on computers and most mobile devices. Fans can listen to the actoin online, as Brady Seabolt provides commentary during those home contests. 
• At away games, fans can stay up-to-date with the latest action and stats online and through select mobile devices. 

The Last Meeting
Niagara77
Loyola Maryland63
March 2, 2012
Springfield, Mass.
Greyhounds Fall To Niagara In MAAC Quarterfinal
The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team had four players score in double figures but fell, 77-63, to Niagara in a quarterfinal game of the MAAC Championship at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., on Friday afternoon.