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Women's Basketball Meets Rider Sunday For ESPN3 Matchup

Steph Smith

Steph Smith

Feb. 16, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Rider Broncs
Date Sunday, February 17, 2013
Time 1 p.m.
Location Lawrenceville, N.J. | Alumni Gymnasium
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The Last Meeting
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January 13, 2013
Reitz Arena
Rider Escapes With Overtime Win Over Women's Basketball
The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team dropped a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest in overtime to Rider, 81-74, Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.


The Greyhounds
• All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while eight have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 316 points, 134 rebounds, 68 assists, and 55 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 191 points. 
Nneka Offodile leads the team from the floor, shooting a team-high 47 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from behind the arc, making a team-high 43 shots from downtown, setting a school record of seven three-point field goals in one contest.
• Loyola boasts a 9-2 record when outshooting its foe .
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds are 6-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola is tied for fifth in offensive rebounding, recording 492 boards in 13 games, an average of 37.8. The Greyhounds are tied with the Purple Eagles of Niagara University.
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 36 percent from the floor, and 27 percent from behind the arc. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC pre-season coaches poll.

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds broke two separate single-game program records, topping the Manhattan College Jaspers, 54-34, in Reitz Arena for Play 4Kay night. 
• Junior Nicole Krusen made seven three-point field goals, breaking the previous record of six recorded by Meredith Tolley at Navy, Nov. 19, 2009. 
• The Greyhounds also grabbed 58 rebounds, surpassing the previous team-high of 56  against Rider, February 5, 2003. 
• Sophomore Nai Brown contribute two additional three-point field goals, as the Greyhounds made nine shots from downtown against the Jaspers. The total tied for eigth in program history, while Krusen’s record-breaking seven-shots tied for second in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference history.
• For the second time in the month of February, Loyola held its component to less than 40 points in a single contest. 
• The rebounding effort was led by Katie Sheahin and Tiffany Padgett. The guard and center combined for 21 of the Greyhounds 58 boards Friday night. 
• Freshman Jeneh Perry grabbed a career-high five rebounds, while Alyssa Sutherland and Steph Smith each added six apiece. 
• With a spot on the starting lineup against Manhattan, Sheahin tied the program record of most career starts as an individual. If the senior starts against the Broncs, she will take the top spot by one game. 
• Brown played a career-high 21 minutes, doubling her previous rebound record of two. The sophomore guard also matched her success from behind the arc, connecting on two shots from downtown, the last occurring at Syracuse against the Orange. Brown posted a career-high 10 points, the first double digit score of her career. 
• Both Sutherland and Kara Marshall tied their career-high six assists during Friday’s matchup. 
• Loyola and Manhattan each recorded 12 points in the paint, but the Greyhound bench scored 18 points to the Jaspers zero.
• Monica Roeder led Manhattan with 14 points, while Alisson Skrec grabbed four steals in Reitz Arena. 

Scouting the Broncs
• Rider Univesity enters Sunday’s contest, 12-12, with the latest victory over Siena College, 73-61, in Loudonville, N.Y.
• Saturday’s victory over the Saints was the first matchup of the season between the two teams. 
• Senior Sironda Chambers was one-point off her career-high, recording 23 points and five boards against Siena. 
• In the first contest since 2008, the Broncs defeated the Saints in MAAC play. 
• Chambers and MyNeisha McKenzie both average double-figures this season on the scoreboard. McKenzie averages 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a conference high on the glass, while Chambers averages 13.2 ppg. 
• Caitlin Bopp shoots 51 percent from the floor, a third place ranking throughout the MAAC.
• Rider’s scoring offense ranks third amongst other conference foes, averaging 61.5 points per game. 
• The Broncs rank second in rebounding efforts throughout the MAAC, grabbing 39.1 boards per game. 

Series with Rider
• Loyola leads the series, 30-10, over 21 years of conference play.  
• Last season the teams split the series, as the Greyhounds defeated the Broncs at home, 71-57, and lost 67-61 in New Jersey. 
• Loyola won 13 of the last 16 matchups against the Broncs, going 5-2 on the road in those same games. 
• The Greyhounds dropped an overtime contest, 81-74, in Reitz Arena this season, loosing the first overtime contest of the year.  
• Three Greyhounds scored double figures, while the Broncs had five players shoot 10-plus points, two of which recording double-doubles. 
• A Tiffany Padgett free throw with six seconds remaining in regulation secured overtime for the Greyhounds, after the Broncs went on a 20-3 run to erase a 16-point deficit. 
• In the extra period, Kara Marshall connected on a layup that pulled the Greyhounds within two, but Rider closed out the contest with five trips to the line, to earn an 81-74, victory. 

Up Next
• Loyola travels to Iona College for the second meeting of the season against the Gaels. Tip is set for Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.

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 5-8 in 13 contests. 
• The Greyhounds are tied for fifth in the MAAC, recording 111 steals this season. Loyola shares the spot with Iona and Rider University, all averaging 8.5 thefts per game. 
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 2.7 per game, while taking the number five spot in defensive rebounds. 
• After Friday night’s performance, junior Nicole Krusen is second overall in the MAAC with 27 successful three-point field goals. The guard is making 40 percent of her attempts from downtown, a percentage good enough for third place. 
• Teammate Nneka Offodile is tied for eighth with 11 blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference ranked fouth in offensive rebounds recorded, while tied with fellow MAAC freshman Joy Adams. 
• 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 are 194-201 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 74-66 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 120-81 at home against the MAAC, including 43-27 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 78-117 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-39 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.4 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• The Brookeville, Md. native has grabbed the top spot in six program records, breaking the steals record by more than 120 thefts. Sheahin will become the first Greyhound to start in more than 92 games, if the guard makes the lineup against the Rider Broncs on Sunday. 
• 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), a career-high for the senior guard.
• 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 single-season record, as the guard scored 20-plus points in five games during the 2013-13 calendar year.  

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, and leads the team in single game boards, grabbing 14 this season against the Canisius Golden Griffins. 
• The freshmen class has played 1,041 minutes, scoring 258 points in 24 games. 

Toeing the Line
• During the non-conference schedule, the Hounds averaged 14.8 free throws per game. In MAAC play, the Greyhounds have averaged 15.6 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 132 of its 203 tries. 

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 8-3 at Reitz Arena this year, and 5-2 in conference play.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 59-40 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 broke Loyola’s single-game record on Friday, Feb. 15 2013 for the most three-point field goals made, connecting on seven of her 11 shots from downtown. In the same matchup, Krusen scored a career-high 21 points, and the first 20-plus point game of her career. The Rockville, Md., native made seven shots from the field, while also grabbing three defensive boards against the Manhattan College Jaspers. 
• Earlier in her junior season, Krusen recorded her first double-duble against the UMBC Retrievers 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 13 attempts from the charity stripe this season, her career-percentage ties for first at .857. 
• From three-point range, Krusen ranks third in the conference making 40 percent of her shots from three-point range. She also ranks second in three-point field goals made.
• 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 8.0 and 5.6 points per game, respectively. 
• Sutherland averages 5.3 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 takes the top spot in blocks, recording 20 this season, and holding a top-10 spot in the conference. She is one of four Greyhounds that have grabbed 10-plus boards this season, including Padgett, Sutherland, and Nicole Krusen.
• Padgett grabbed a team-high 14 boards against the Canisius Golden Griffins on Saturday, Febrary 9 at the Koessler Athletic Center. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 11-13, or 85 percent. Kara Marshall and Diana Logan follow close behind at .737 from the charity stripe.
• Five Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those five, they have accomplished the feat 15 times.  
• 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
• Eight Greyhounds have tabbed double-digit points this season, scoring a combined 1,130 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, 16 total during her senior season. 
• Two rookies scored 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 a program-best seven three-point field goals against Manhattan, five at UMBC, and four against Saint Peter’s.
Nai Brown recorded her first double figure score on Play 4Kay night, Friday, Feb. 16, 2013.  

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 119-119 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.