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Women's Basketball Welcomes Lafayette Wednesday At 5 p.m.

Nicole Krusen

Nicole Krusen

Feb. 11, 2014

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Time 5 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• The Greyhounds wrap up a short two-game home stretch on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when they host the Lafayette College Leopards at 5 p.m., from Reitz Arena.
• With five seconds remaining in Saturday’s contest, Lehigh hit a three-point field goal to take the lead and defeat the Greyhounds, 50-47. The game included 13 lead changes and five tied scores.
Lisa Mirarchi moved into sixth in the Patriot League in steals (1.4), after recording two thefts against the Mountain Hawks last weekend.
• Loyola held a 10-2 advantage in fast breaks on Saturday, grabbing seven steals to the Mountain Hawks six. 

Series with Lafayette
• Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the sixth time in series history, after dropping a 65-53 decision from Easton, Pa., earlier this season.
• The Greyhounds held Lafayette scoreless in the final two minutes of action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, despite trailing by as much as 19 points minutes earlier in the second half.
• That night, junior Nai Brown led all scorers with 14 points, while Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points. Jeneh Perry grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds and a was four points shy of recording her first-career double-double.
• Loyola and Lafayette first met in 1978 for the EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, when the Greyhounds dropped their first and only matchup with the Leopards, 73-50, under the direction of Loyola Hall of Fame Head Coach Anne McCloskey.
• In the next three meetings, Loyola outscored Lafayette by more than 27 points. The Greyhounds won by as much as 49 points, in 1995, traveling to Easton, Pa., for the first time in program history.

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• On Saturday, Feb. 15, Loyola travels to fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University for the first time in program history. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Last Game Out
• Lehigh hit a 3-pointer with three less than six seconds remaining to escape Reitz Arena with a 50-47 victory over the Loyola on Saturday afternoon.
• Loyola dropped to 5-18 overall and 2-10 in the Patriot League.
• Loyola outshot the Mountain Hawks 31-27 percent, while Lehigh held a 52-32 advantage in rebounds.
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi paced the Greyhounds with nine points and seven rebounds, while Tiffany Padgett, Nai Brown and Jeneh Perry each added eight points apiece.

Power From The Post
• Bigs Jeneh Perry and Tiffany Padgett produced powerful performances on both ends of the court last weekend, contributing eight points each and a combined 11 of the team’s 32 rebounds.
• Perry shot 3-of-6 from the field, contributing to two assists in 14 minutes.
• Padgett shot 3-of-8 from the floor, making two of her three free-throw attempts on Saturday.
• Defensively, Padgett grabbed five defensive boards and recorded one block. Her stop moved her into 13th place in the Patriot League with 0.6 blocks per game. 

Daugherty Debuts In Starting Lineup
• Freshman Lauren Daugherty earned a spot on the starting lineup after recording  career-high minutes (33), field goals (3), free throws (9) and points (15) in the overtime nail-bitter at Army, Saturday, Feb. 1.
• The following Wednesday, Daugherty made her first collegiate start at American University, playing a new-best 36 minutes and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds against the Eagles.
• In the past week, the freshman forward has improved from 1.4 points per game to 2.5ppg. She went from averaging 10 minutes off the bench, to contributing ample playing time and man power under the basket for the starting five. 

Lending A Helping Hand
• In six of the last nine games, freshman Lisa Mirarchi has recorded five or more assists, including a career-high eight in Loyola’s, 70-64, victory over Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 11.
• The rookie guard leads the team with 74 assists, over 35 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 eight 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. 

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, from Hamilton, N.Y.
• 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. 

Turnover Trends
• 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 13.5 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate.
• In 10 of the last 12 league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in five 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.

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 4-3 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 18 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 30th 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
• Ten of Loyola’s 23 games have been decided by six points or less. Of those 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, 13 of Loyola’s 18 loses have seen field goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-8 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-218 at home.
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-50 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 81 stops and is one block 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.

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 126-141 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.