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A Trip North Takes Women's Basketball To West Point


Jan. 31, 2014

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Opponent The United States Military Academy Black Knights
Date Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola prepares for a pair of road games, beginning with the United States Military Academy on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 o'clock from Christl Arena. 
• The Greyhounds open the second half of Patriot League play on Saturday, after going 2-7 in the first half, and recording wins at Lafayette and Colgate. 
• Loyola looks to continue its success from the road since winning last weekend's matchup against the Colgate Raiders, 61-54. 
• Following last Saturday's road win freshman Lisa Mirarchi was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for her performances against Bucknell and Colgate. The honor was the second for Mirarchi. 
• The Greyhounds most recently dropped an 80-65 decision from Reitz Arena on Wednesday, hosting College of the Holy Cross for the first time in program history. 

Series with the United States Military Academy
• Loyola and Army will meet for the seventh time in program history and second time this season, after hosting the Black Knights on January 5, from Reitz Arena. 
• In the last meeting, the Greyhounds dropped a 66-62 overtime decision, despite leading by as much as 10 points on two separate occasions. 
Nai Brown led the team with 24 points, while Lisa Mirarchi chipped in a career-high 17 points and four assists.
• Loyola is 2-1 when playing at Christl Arena, after most recently defeating the Black Knights on their home court in 2012, 53-47.

What's On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola heads back out on the road for a quick trip to Washington, D.C., as the Greyhounds take on the American Eagles Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

Last Game Out
• Loyola held College of the Holy Cross to only two points in the final five minutes of action, despite dropping an 80-65 Patriot League contest from Reitz Arena Wednesday evening.
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led the Greyhounds with 16 points, while junior Nai Brown added 13 and senior Nicole Krusen chipped in 10. Sophomore center Tiffany Padgett led the team's rebounding efforts with six total boards.
• Loyola ended the contest with eight-unanswered points, using a 14-2 run over five minutes to cut a 20-plus point deficit to 15 by the final buzzer.

Lending A Helping Hand
• In five of the last six games freshman Lisa Mirarchi has recorded five or more assists, including a career-high eight in Loyola's, 70-64, victory over Lehigh. 
• The rookie guard leads the team with 63 assists, over 25 more than the second ranked assists leader on the team. 

What A Pair
• Teammates Nai Brown and Lisa Mirarchi have played a vital role in the offense this season. The pair of Greyhound guards have led the backcourt in points in the last five matchups, scoring 10 or more points during that time.
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett has added to the scoring success, contributing points for the bigs under the basket. 

Put Me In Coach
• For only the third time all season, Loyola's bench outscored its opponent during Wednesday night's game against College of the Holy Cross. Loyola held a 16-13 advantage over the Crusaders, led by sophomore Brittany Butler who recorded a career-high seven points. 

Double Trouble
• Sophomore Tiffany Padgett became the first Greyhound to record a double-double in 2014 Patriot League action on Saturday, Jan. 25, after the Greyhounds defeated Colgate, 61-54.
• The Laurel, Md., native matched a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday's victory in Hamilton, N.Y. She tied a career-high shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Padgett also led the team in steals (3). 
• The duo of Nneka Offodile and Nai Brown were last Greyhounds to record a double-double, as the pair conquered the feat on Saturday, Dec. 21, against the UMBC Retrievers. 

This Girl Is On Fire
• Freshman guard Lisa Mirarchi was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the League office announced Monday.
• Mirarchi has scored in double figures in five consecutive matchups, including this past week against Bucknell and Colgate. She led the team in scoring on Wednesday, tallying 16 points against the Bison. She made 5-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
• Three days later, Mirarchi led the Greyhounds to a 61-54 victory over Colgate. The rookie guard scored 10 points, while contributing five assists for the third-consecutive contest.
• The West Chester, Pa., native ranks third among the league in free-throw percentage, hitting 87-percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. She is also tied for eighth in steals with teammate Tiffany Padgett.
• Mirarchi earned her first Patriot League honor after making the first start of her collegiate career in a 72-62 victory over Howard University on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

Turnover Trends
• Since starting Patriot League action in January, and excluding the victory at Lehigh, the Greyhounds are taking better care of the ball. The team is averaging 13 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate. 
• In eight of the last nine league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in four matchups this year.
• On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Loyola recorded a season-low seven turnovers against the Holy Cross Crusaders. The Greyhounds also held an 11-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

Take It To The Basket
Nai Brown recorded her 18th double-figure score on Wednesday, after posting a career-high 28 points against the Boston University Terriers on Sunday, Jan. 19. 
• The junior has recorded three or more field goals in 20-straight contests, after averaging only 2.6 points in 7.5 minutes of action last season.
• She ranks fifth among the league in points, averaging 15.9 points per game. Brown has scored 20-plus points in six games this season. 

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 4-1 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 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 weekend ranked 26th 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-30 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 five games Offodile has led the team in thefts.
• In the last eight 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 20 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 four of Loyola's five 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 when defeating the UMBC Retrievers.  
• Comparatively, 12 of Loyola's 15 loses have seen field goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-7 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-217 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-49 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 six 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.   

Welcome the Class of 2018
• Head Coach Joe Logan and the Loyola women's basketball team announced the addition of five high school seniors to the class of 2018. 
• Forwards Karley Kolberg (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah), Madelene McDonald (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Carly Monzo (Flourtown, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) along with guards Bri Betz-White (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and CaLee Gelbaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) will join the 2014-15 roster next fall.

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.

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 126-138 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.