The No. 4 seed Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team takes on the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles in a 2012 MAAC Championship quarterfinal game on Friday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m.
The game will be available via audio broadcast on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
Loyola finished the regular-season 13-16 overall and 9-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. It is the fifth time in head coach Joe Logan's seven seasons that he has led the Greyhounds to a record of .500 or better in conference action.
This is the fourth time Loyola and Niagara have met in the MAAC Championship and third time in the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds have won the previous three contests.
Scouting the Purple Eagles
After being picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, Niagara finished with the No. 5 seed by going 9-9 conference play.
The Purple Eagles have won four of their last six, with the two losses coming to No. 1 seed Marist in double overtime and to No. 2 seed Fairfield by six.
Niagara won its last two games by double figures, beating Siena, 87-66, and Manhattan, 56-44.
The Purple Eagles are led by Kayla Stroman, who was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, averaging 10.7 points per game. Lauren Gatto leads the team at 5.6 rebounds per game.
Series with Niagara
This marks the 49th meeting all-time between the Purple Eagles and the Greyhounds, with Loyola holding a 33-15 advantage. The team's split the season series this year, with each team winning on the road.
The Greyhounds are 3-0 against Niagara in the MAAC Championship, with the team's last meeting in the first round of the tournament in 2002. Loyola won that matchup, 79-67.
The teams met in three-straight Championships from 2000-2002.
This is the third time the two teams have met in the MAAC Quarterfinal Round.
Head Coach Joe Logan is 10-4 in his career against Niagara, and has not faced the Purple Eagles in the MAAC Championship.
Loyola in the MAAC Championship
The Greyhounds are 24-20 all-time in the MAAC Championship, winning the title in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995.
Logan has led Loyola to a 7-6 record in his six trips. Under Logan the Greyhounds have lost their first game of the tournament only once when they dropped a quarterfinal game to Fairfield in 2010.
Loyola is 12-5 all-time in the quarterfinal round, with Logan posting a 3-3 mark.
Last Time They Met
The Greyhounds went on a 21-3 run over the final 7:38 of the game to take home a, 68-48, win at Niagara on Sunday.
Loyola led by only two points with under eight minutes to go, but limited the Purple Eagles to just one field goal for the remainder of the game to notch its first 20-point victory in almost a year.
Kara Marshall and Alyssa Sutherland each registered career-highs as four Greyhounds scored in double figures. Marshall had 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting, while Sutherland had 18 points on six-of-nine shooting.
Last Time Out
The Greyhounds dropped their regular-season finale, 66-60, to No. 1 seed Marist on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Reitz Arena.
Loyola never led in the contest, but cut an 11-point deficit to three late in the second half.
Marist closed out the game with clutch free-throw shooting and finished 15-of-19 at the charity stripe while also hitting eight 3-pointers in the game.
Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 19 points to go with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. Miriam McKenzie notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Nneka Offodile tied a career high with 11 points.
Loyola has made at-least one 3-pointer in 156-straight games. The last time without a three was on Feb. 23, 2007 vs. Canisius.
McKenzie became just the second Greyhound in program history to earn first team honors in three-straight seasons, joining all-time leading scorer Patty Stoffey.
Sheahin was selected to the team for the first time in her career after making All-MAAC Second Team as a sophomore and MAAC All-Rookie Team as a freshman.
Marshall became the eighth Greyhound to be named to the MAAC All-Rookie team and the fourth under head coach Joe Logan.
On the Rebound
Miriam McKenzie enters the MAAC Championship as the second-leading rebounder in the conference at 8.4 per game.
McKenzie has grabbed six or more rebounds in 17-straight contests and in 23 or her 26 games played this season.
McKenzie has had 10-plus rebounds nine times, and has had seven double doubles.
Junior guard Katie Sheahin has registered double figures in 10-straight games entering the MAAC Championship,
Over that stretch, Sheahin is averaging 15.9 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals.
Sheahin eclipsed the 400-point mark for the second-straight season and ranks first on the team and third in the MAAC at 14.9 points per game.
Freshman guard Kara Marshall currently ranks second on Loyola All-Time Freshman scoring list with 318 points this season. Only Patty Stoffey has scored more points as a freshman at Loyola with 443 in the 1991-92 season.
Marshall ranks ninth in the MAAC in conference games at 13.0 points per game and ranks second among freshman overall in scoring at 11.0 points per game.
Overall, she ranks first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.0 per game) and free-throw percentage (81.3-percent), and third in 3-point field goals made (1.5).
Loyola's guard trio of Kara Marshall, Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin have provided most of the offense for the Greyhounds this season, accounting for 1,088 of the team's 1,627 (66.9-percent) total points.
They are the only three teammates to rank in the top six in the MAAC in scoring in conference games only. Sheahin is third at 15.1, McKenzie is fourth at 14.7 and Marshall is sixth at 13.5.
The combo are the top-three on the team in steals as well, accounting for 203 of Loyola's 290 steals (70.0-percent).
Loyola ranks second in the MAAC in conference games at 10.8 steals per game as a team.
The Greyhounds have three players in the top five of the conference individually, with Katie Sheahin first at 3.2, Kara Marshal fourth at 2.4 and Alyssa Sutherland fifth at 2.4
As a team, the Greyhounds have 297 steals this season which ranks second all-time only to last year's squad that collected 301 steals.
The team has had 17 games with 10 or more steals this season.
Loyola has connected on 153 3-pointers this season, which is the third-most in a single season in Greyhound history.
Katie Sheahin has hit 47 this season, which is the fourth-most in a single season. Kara Marshall has made 44, which currently ranks sixth. Sheahin also ranks fourth all-time at Loyola with 105 made 3-point field goals.
Hitting the Free Ones
The Greyhounds currently stand fourth in the MAAC, hitting 71.8-percent (374-of-521) of their free-throw attempts this season.
The percentage currently ranks as the second best single-season team percentage in Loyola history.
Kara Marshall is the top free-throw shooting on the team, hitting 81.3-percent (74-for-91) from the line. That currently stands as the ninth-best single season percentage in Loyola history.
Coming Up Clutch
The Greyhounds have been an excellent free-throw shooting team in the final five minutes of games, going 144-for-190 (75.8-percent) from the charity stripe.
The Greyhounds went 8-of-8 from the line against Fairfield in the final minute and 10-of-10 in the last two minutes against Saint Peter's.
Second Time Around
Head coach Joe Logan is 34-20 (.630) in his career when facing MAAC teams for the second time in a season, including 6-3 this year with wins over Siena, Manhattan, Niagara, Canisius, Rider and Saint Peter's.
Stealing the Show
Junior guard Katie Sheahin passed Lorrie Schenning (1986-1990) to become the all-time career steals leader at Loyola after having four against Iona. She has 267 in her career.
The junior has 98 steals this season, the second-most in a single season in Loyola history. Sheahin owns the single-season school record of 118 steals set in 2010-11.
Sheahin is currently ranked 9th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.4 steals per game this season.
The junior has recorded a steal in 40-straight games and in 84 of her 87 career appearances. Her last time without a steal was on Feb. 6, 2011 at Saint Peter's
Sheahin notched her 70th multi-steal game against Marist when she had three.
Sheahin Reaches 1,000
Katie Sheahin scored her 1,000th career point against Iona on Feb. 10, becoming the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the plateau.
It is the second season in a row that the Greyhounds have had a junior reach the 1,000-point mark after Miriam McKenzie did it last season.
The Greyhounds are 11-7 in afternoon games this season compared to just 2-9 when playing at night.
Loyola averages 60.4 points per game while shooting 40.2-percent from the floor when tipping off in the afternoon.
At night, the squad is scoring 54.5 points per game and hitting on just 34.6-percent of its attempts from the floor.
Welcome To The Club
Senior guard Miriam McKenzie became just the 4th player in Greyhound history to collect 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in her career.
McKenzie is the first player to accomplish the feat since Mary Anne Kirsch, who finished her career with 1,306 points and 899 rebounds in 1999.
McKenzie currently stands fourth all-time with 1,384 points and seventh all-time with 714 rebounds.
The senior will graduate as just the fifth player in Loyola history to rank in the top-10 in points and rebounding.
Not Your Average Joe
Head coach Joe 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 last season.
It's a Block Party
Katie Sheahin has had three blocks five times this season, the last time coming against Marist.
She ranks fifth all-time at Loyola with 94 career blocks and is one of the top guards in the country at 1.2 blocks per game. She currently ranks fourth in the MAAC.
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