Women's Basketball Hosts Final Game Of Four-Game Home Stretch
Feb. 1, 2013
|Opponent||Siena College Saints|
|Date||Saturday, February 2, 2013|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena|
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All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while seven have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 273 points, 57 assists, and 47 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 163 points, and leading the team with 101 rebounds.
Junior Nneka Offodile leads the team from the floor, shooting a team-high 44 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from the charity stripe, making 92 percent of her shots from the line. The junior leads the program shooting 88 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 eighth in defensive rebounding, recording 332 boards in nine games, an average of 36.9 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 won their second-consecutive home game, 71-68, in overtime Thursday night in Reitz Arena. Loyola defeated the Niagara, after the Purple Eagles knocked the Greyhounds out of the MAAC tournament last season.
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 21 points, scoring 20-plus points in back-to-back contests within a five day span. The senior recorded her 12th career 20-plus point game Thursday night. Kara Marshall and Tiffany Padgett also tabbed double figures on the scoreboard, with 11 and 12 points, respectively.
Marshall and Alyssa Sutherland both contributed five assists, while Padgett led the defense with five steals.
Loyola capitalized off the Purple Eagles' turnovers, scoring 21 points off Niagara's 17 lost possessions. This season, the Greyhounds are 5-1 when scoring more points off turnovers.
The green and grey took 25 trips to the charity stripe Thursday night, as oppossed to Niagara's nine. In the second half alone, Loyola made 17 shots from the free-throw line, connecting on 12 of the 17 attempts. When shooting more free throws than its foe, Loyola is 6-3.
Three Greyhounds recorded season-high minutes in Thursday's overtime contest, as Marshall, Padgett, and Sheahin recorded record minutes this season. The last time the Greyhounds won in an overtime contest occurred, March 4, 2011, as the Loyola defeated the Canisius Golden Griffins, 68-53, in Reitz Arena.
Sheahin recorded back-to-back career-high field-goals, with nine baskets against the Iona Gaels and Niagara Purple Eagles. The senior guard is three field-goals away from taking the number two spot in program history for the most field-goals made.
Scouting the Saints
Siena College enters Saturday's contest, 8-12, with the latest victory over Iona, 70-54, in the Alumni Recreation Center.
The Saints are ranked one spot above Loyola, tied for sixth in the overall conference standings.
Siena is led by Lily Grenci on the scoreboard, averaging 15.4 points per game. The senior captain also leads the Saints' rebounding effort, with an average of 9.2 boards per contest. Grenci leads the MAAC in points, averaging 17.9 points against fellow conference foes.
Siena's scoring offense ranks third in the MAAC, averaging 62.1 points a game. The Saints are second from three-point range, making 35 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
Tehresa Coles is second in the MAAC from the floor, making over 50 percent of her shots from field goal range. Coles tops the steals standings, averaging 3.2 thefts per game, just passing Katie Sheahin in the standing, who currently sits in second with 3.1.
Series with Siena
Siena College leads the series, 28-23, over the past 24 years.
Last season the Greyhounds swept the series, winning both on the road and and at home. The Saints were the only team which Loyola swept during the regular season.
Loyola is 13-10 at home against Siena, while three of the 26 contests were decided in overtime, going 1-2 in those matchups.
The Greyhounds traveled to Loudonville, N.Y., Sunday, January 20 as the Saints hosted Loyola for the first matchup of the 2012-13 season. Siena defeated the Greyhounds, 62-52, in the Alumni Recreation Center.
Loyola had three players score double figures, including Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett with 13, and Diana Logan with 12. Sutherland led the rebounding effort with seven boards.
Coming off the win, the Saints' Lily Grenci won player of the week in the MAAC, averaging 25 points after scoring 20 against the Greyhounds and 30 against Saint Peter's.
Loyola travels to western New York for a weekend road swing, as the Greyhounds visit Niagara University Thursday, February 7 and Canisius College the following Saturday.
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 seventh in the MAAC, going, 3-6, in nine 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 192-199 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 72-64 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
The Greyhounds are 118-81 at home against the MAAC, including 41-27 under Logan.
The Greyhounds are 78-115 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-36 under Logan.
Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 15.2 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
Sheahin matched what was 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), but a month later the senior made nine free throws against Rider (1/13/13).
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 scored 20-plus points in five 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 858 minutes, scoring 218 points in 20 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 11.6 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 104 of its 157 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 11 of 12 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.
In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett, averaging 8.2 and 4.3 points per game, respectively.
Sutherland averages 5.1 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 4.1 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 11-12, or 92 percent. Freshman Diana Logan follows close behind at .778 from the charity stripe.
Katie Sheahin went 8-8 fom the line twice this season (vs. Maryland and Army).
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 972 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, 13 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 117-117 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.
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