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Women's Basketball Travels To Iona

Nneka Offodile

Nneka Offodile

Feb. 20, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Friday, February 22, 2013
Time 7 p.m.
Location New Rochelle, N.Y. | Hynes Center
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The Greyhounds
• All 13 Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while eight have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads Loyola with 329 points, 141 rebounds, 68 assists, and 59 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 191 points. 
Nneka Offodile leads the team from the floor, shooting a team-high 48 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 9-3 record when outshooting its foe.
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds are 6-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola is sixth in defensive rebounds recorded, grabbing 351 boards in 14 games, an average of 25.1. 
• 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 dropped a televised ESPN3 contest, Sunday, February 17 at Rider University, as the Broncs defeated Loyola, 56-41, in Alumni Gymnasium. 
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 13 points, while junior Nneka Offodile tabbed her second double-digit score of the season. 
• Sheahin and classmate Alyssa Sutherland led the rebounding effort with seven boards each. 
• For the seventeenth time this season, two Greyhounds hit one hundred percent of their shots from the charity stripe, including Offodile and Kara Marshall
• Loyola came back within two, after a 17 point deficit, but could not hold off the Broncs, as Emily Fazzini hit two three-point field goals back-to-back to give Rider the final push to the ending lead. 
• This season the Greyhounds and Broncs split the series, winning on respective home courts. 

Scouting the Gaels
• Iona College enters Friday's contest, 14-11, with the latest victory over Canisius College, 84-79, at the Hynes Center.
• Saturday's matchup was the second meeting of the two teams, as the Gaels swept the Golden Griffins in regular season conference play. 
• The 84-79 victory was the 300th career win for head coach Anthony Bozzella. 
• The Gaels scored 80-plus points for the third time this season, going 3-0 in those contests. 
• Iona is led by Damika Martinez, who averages 17.6 points per game. Rookie Joy Adams also averages double figures, posting 12.9 ppg. The freshman also leads the rebounding effort, grabbing 9.8 boards per contest. 
• Following the win over Canisius, Adams won her eleventh MAAC Rookie of the Week title, after scoring back-to-back double-doubles against the Golden Griffins and Saint Peter's Peacocks. 
• Iona's scoring offense leads the conference, averaging 66.9 points per game in MAAC play. 
• The Gaels lead the conference in field goal percentage, averaging 42 percent from the floor against other league teams. Iona also takes the top spot in three-point field goal percentage, making 35 percent of its shots from behind the arc. The team sits at number one in two other categories, including blocked shots and defensive rebounds. Sabrina Jeridore leads the MAAC in blocked shots, stopping 2.9 a contest, the most of any other Gael on the team. 

Series with Iona
• Loyola leads the series, 36-18, after 24 years of conference play. 
• Last season the two teams split the series, as the Greyhounds defeated the Gaels, 66-60, in Reitz Arena, and lost 72-65 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
• Loyola won five of the last seven matchups against the Gaels, going 2-1 on the road in those same games. 
• The Greyhounds won by more than 20, as Loyola defeated Iona 60-46, in Reitz Arena in the first meeting this season.  
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 23, while Kara Marshall knocked in 14. Damika Martinez led the Gaels with 15 points. 
• Marshall shot a career-high nine points from the free-throw line, as Sheahin tied her career-best from the floor with nine field goals made.  

Up Next
• Loyola will host Marist College for Women In Sports Day, Sunday, February 24 at 3 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 5-9 in 14 contests. 
• The Greyhounds are tied for sixth in the MAAC, recording 122 steals this season, while averaging 8.7 per game. 
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 3.1 per game, while taking the number five spot in defensive rebounds. 
• After a program breaking performance against Manhattan, junior Nicole Krusen is tied for third 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 tenth with 11 blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference ranked seventh in offensive rebounds recorded, while tied with fellow MAAC competitor Jesika Holmes of Saint Peter's. 
• Also finishing in the top-10, sophomore Kara Marshall ranks ninth among conference foes, helping her teammates with 42 assists, an average of 3.0 a contest.
• 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 194-202 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 74-67 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 78-118 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-40 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.3 points per game, and scoring a season-best 25 points against Army on Dec. 10, 2012.
• The Brookeville, Md. native grabbed the top spot in three program records, breaking the steals ceiling by more than 75 thefts. 
• 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 1,072 minutes, scoring 262 points in 25 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 15.8 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 148 of its 221 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, 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 downtown. She is also tied for third 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, averaging 7.6 points per game.
• The senior forward averages 5.4 boards a contest, ranked second on the team in the rebounding effort. 
• Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games, recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
• With two more games under her belt, the post player will be tied for second with the most games played in program history. She currently sits in fifth with 118 games. 
• If Sutherland starts agaisnt the Iona Gaels, she take the top spot, as the player with the most starts in Loyola history. Currently the senior is tied with Meredith Tolley with 95 collegiate starts. 
• Sutherland ranks seventh in program history with 188 steals, needing five more thefts to take the sixth place spot. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 11-13, or 85 percent, while Kara Marshall follow close behind at .756.
• Six Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those six, they have accomplished the feat 17 times.  
• On Nov. 20, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 92 percent from the free-throw-line, making 12 of their 13 attempts against the Navy Midshipmen. 
• 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 1,153 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, 17 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 versus Manhattan, five at UMBC, and four against Saint Peter's.
Nai Brown recorded her first collegiate-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 119-120 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.