Feb. 3, 2014
Loyola closes out a set of road games, traveling to American University on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for the 11th Patriot League game of the season.
The two teams will tipoff at 7 p.m., from Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, Loyola looks to record its first-ever program victory from Bender Arena. The Eagles are currently 7-0 when hosting the Greyhounds on their home hardwood.
Last weekend, freshman Lauren Daugherty led the Greyhounds in a close overtime nail-bitter from West Point. Daugherty contributed 15 of the Greyhounds 45 points, leading the bench and team's offensive effort.
Saturday's overtime contest was the second of the season against the Army Black Knights.
Lisa Mirarchi enters the week ranked 20th nationally in free-throw percentage. She is one of two Patriot League athletes ranked among the top-20.
Series with American
With American's victory last month over the Greyhounds, the Eagles hold a 12-4 series advantage.
When the two teams met for Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Loyola dropped a 52-34 decision inside Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds used a 12-2 run in the final two minutes to cap off a strong second half, but ultimately could not hold off the Eagles strong first half performance.
After a first half that garnered 10 points, the Greyhounds returned from the locker room with new energy. Senior Nneka Offodile sparked the offensive effort after connecting on a jumper from Perry, 34-12, with 13:10 remaining. Moments later a pair of free throws by Lisa Mirarchi pulled Loyola within 22, 36-14, but it was a Lauren Daugherty three-point basket that put the fans on their feet. The freshman forward connected on her first collegiate three, scoring a career-high five points.
In the next two minutes, Loyola's top free-throw shooters in program history, Mirarchi and Nicole Krusen, went to the line, ultimately chipping away at the 20-plus point deficit. Krusen's charity-stripe point with eight and a half minutes remaining pulled the Greyhounds within 19, 40-21.
With 2:12 remaining, a solo charity stripe point by Jeneh Perry sparked a 12-2 run that included eight points by the freshmen duo of Daugherty and Mirarchi, and a three-point field goal by Krusen.
In the second half, Loyola's bench outscored American 9-2, while the Greyhounds also held a 7-4 advantage in second chance points.
What's On Deck For The Greyhounds?
Loyola hosts a pair of Patriot League games, starting with the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will mark the team's annual Play 4 Kay Day. Fans wearing pink will receive half-price tickets, while proceeds from every ticket sold will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
Last Game Out
For the second time this season, Loyola forced the United States Military Academy into overtime, dropping a heartbreaking, 56-45, matchup from Christl Arena.
Loyola used two 7-0 runs during the first half to lead Army for the majority of the first half.
Army opened the second half with eight unanswered points, taking the lead for the first time in nearly 10 minutes of game action. Freshman Lauren Daugherty responded, putting Loyola back on top with a pair of charity stripe points, 29-29.
The two teams entered overtime, 42-42, despite the Greyhounds outshooting the Black Knights, 37-31 percent.
Army controlled the offensive presence during the overtime period, coming away with its second overtime victory of the season.
Daugherty led the Greyhounds with a career-high 15 points, while senior Nicole Krusen chipped in 12 going 4-for-6 from behind the arc.
Put Me In Coach
For only the fourth time all season, Loyola's bench outscored its opponent during Saturday's game against the United States Military Academy. Loyola held a 20-14 advantage over the Black Knights, led by freshman Lauren Daugherty who recorded career-high minutes (33), field goals (3), free throws (9) and points (15). The rookie post player recorded a team-best 15 points, the first double-figure score in her collegiate career.
Lending A Helping Hand
In five of the last seven 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 66 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 of Loyola's six 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.
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 last Monday, Jan. 27.
At the time, Mirarchi had scored in double figures in five consecutive matchups, including this the week before against Bucknell and Colgate. She led the team in scoring on against the Bison, tallying 16 points. 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 89-percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. She also ranks seventh in steals, averaging 1.4 a game.
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.
Since starting Patriot League action in January, and excluding games at Lehigh and Army, 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 10 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, Jan. 29, 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 fourth 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 4-2 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 12.4 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 ranked 20th 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 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.
Eight of Loyola's 21 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.
The Greyhounds forced The United States Military Academy to two overtime matchups this season, both at home and on the road. The league's second ranked Black Knights ultimately pulled away with the victory on both occasions, but not before Loyola put up a close back-and-forth contest.
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.
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.
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 80 stops and is two 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 126-139 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.
The Last Meeting
January 8, 2014