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Women's Basketball Travels To Holy Cross For A Mid-Week Matchup

Tiffany Padgett

Tiffany Padgett

Feb. 26, 2014

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Hart Recreation Center
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola University Maryland takes on College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26, at 7 p.m., in its final regular-season road game of 2013-14.
• The Greyhounds look to continue their success on the road, recording both conference victories at Lehigh and Colgate.
• With a win against Holy Cross, the Greyhounds will record their first victory in the month of February.
• Both Loyola and Holy Cross are tied in the league, averaging 7.3 steals per game.
• Despite Lauren Daugherty’s buzzer-beater three to send the game into overtime, Loyola dropped a 67-65 decision versus Colgate on Sunday.
• For the first time since January, the Greyhounds scored 60-plus points, led by Nai Brown with her third career double-double.

Series with Holy Cross
• Holy Cross leads the series, 1-0, after meeting for the first time on Wednesday, Jan. 29, inside Reitz Arena. The Crusaders took home an 80-65 victory, closing out the first half of conference play on the road.
• Loyola ended the contest with eight-unanswered points, using a 14-2 run over five minutes to cut a 20-plus point deficit to 15 by the final buzzer.
• Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led the Greyhounds with 16 points, while junior Nai Brown added 13 and senior Nicole Krusen chipped in 10. Sophomore center Tiffany Padgett led the team’s rebounding efforts with six total boards.
• Loyola’s defense showed up strong that night forcing 13 Holy Cross turnovers to its own seven, a then season-low for the Greyhounds. Loyola also held a 6-5 steals advantage and 3-2 blocks advantage.

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola closes out the regular-season hosting the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Prior to tipoff, Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile will be recognized for their accomplishments on Senior Day. 

Last Game Out
• Freshman Lauren Daugherty’s buzzer-beater three to send the game into overtime was not enough to hold off Colgate University, 67-65, on Sunday for Women In Sports Day.
• Down by three with less than a second remaining in regulation Lisa Mirarchi found Daugherty open at the top of the key. The classmates made the exchange and the three-point basket made its way into the hoop as the buzzer sounded and the crowd got on their feet.
• In the second half, Loyola outscored Colgate, 36-27. During that time, the Greyhounds shot 13-of-30 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
• Sophomore Diana Logan recorded a career-high 14 points, shooting 4-of-10 from the floor.
• Loyola scored 60-plus points for the first time in three weeks, shooting 37-percent from the field overall and 50-percent in the second half.

On The Rebound
• On Sunday, Feb. 23, Loyola matched a season-best, grabbing 43 rebounds against the Colgate University Raiders.
• After grabbing less than 10 offensive boards for the past month, the Greyhounds recorded 12 versus Colgate.
Nai Brown led the Greyhounds with 10 rebounds, three offensive and seven defensive.
• Earlier this season, Loyola grabbed 43 rebounds at George Washington University on Monday, Dec. 9.

February Blues
• After seeing its largest scoring output in the month of January, Loyola dropped to  46.5 points a game in February.
• This past Sunday, the Greyhounds scored 60-plus points for the first time since hosting Holy Cross on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Loyola posted 65 points in its overtime matchup against the Colgate Raiders, the same outcome against Holy Cross one month earlier. 

Power From The Post
• Sophomore post player Jeneh Perry turned out a strong performance on both ends of the court at Boston University.

• The Chattanooga, Tenn., native grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, one more than her previous career-best from American University earlier in the season.
•  She shot 2-of-3 from the floor, while making four of her six free throw attempts at Case Gymnasium. Totaling eight points on the afternoon, Perry was two points shy of recording her first-career double-double. 

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.
• Since earning a spot in the starting lineup, the freshman forward has improved from 1.4 points per game to 5.7 ppg. She went from averaging 10 minutes off the bench, to contributing ample playing time and manpower under the basket for the starting five. 

Lending A Helping Hand
• In nine of the last 13 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 96 assists, over 50 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 eight of Loyola’s 12 matchups, scoring 10 or more points during that time.
• Senior Nneka Offodile has added to the scoring success, contributing points for the bigs under the basket. The six-foot forward recorded her second double-digit score of the season against Lafayette, tabbing ten points on 5-for-13 shooting. 

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 Hamilton, N.Y. She tied a career-high shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Padgett also led the team in steals (3).
• One month later junior Nai Brown recorded her third-career double-double tabbing 14 points and 10 rebounds in Loyola’s overtime loss to Colgate on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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 13.4 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate.
• In 14 of the last 16 league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in six matchups this year.
• On Saturday, Feb. 15, Loyola recorded a season-low six turnovers against the Boston University Terriers. The Greyhounds also held an 5-2 advantage in fast break points. 

Getting To The Free-Throw Line
• The Greyhounds are 4-4 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 17.5 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 tied for second, 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 28th 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 rankings. 

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 at Lafayette, she tied a career-high four steals against the Leopards. In four of the last six games Offodile has led the team in thefts.
• In the last 11 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
• This season 11 of Loyola’s 27 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 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, 15 of Loyola’s 22 loses have seen field-goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-10 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 267-220 at home.
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 62-52 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 6th all-time with 88 stops and is 8 block away from passing Jina Mosley (‘95-’99), who recorded 95 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 126-145 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.


 

 

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