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2013 Regular Season Closes For Women's Basketball In New Jersey

Alyssa Sutherland

Alyssa Sutherland

March 2, 2013

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Opponent Saint Peter's Peacocks
Date Sunday, March 3, 2013
Time 4 p.m.
Location Jersey City, N.J. | Yanitelli 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 366 points, 167 rebounds, 78 assists, and 67 steals. Alyssa Sutherland follows in second with 227 points. 
Nneka Offodile leads the Loyola from the floor, shooting a team-high 48 percent.
Nicole Krusen leads the team from behind the arc, making a team-high 46 shots from downtown, and setting a school record with seven three-point field goals in one contest. The junior is number one in the MAAC, shooting 41 percent against other conference teams. 
• Loyola boasts a 10-3 record when outshooting its foe.
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds are 7-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage at 70 percent.
• Loyola is holding its MAAC competitors to 37 percent from the floor, and 29 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 the Senior Night curse Friday evening, defeating the Fairfield Stags, 56-48, in Reitz Arena. 
• In the past Loyola saw little success on Senior Night, but Alyssa Sutherland, Katie Sheahin, and Candice Walker turned that curse around, as the Greyhounds rose to 6-11 in MAAC play. 
• Sutherland tied her career-high, scoring a season-best 18 points, while Sheahin recorded her seventh career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kara Marshall added 10 points shooting 4-9 from the floor. Walker grabbed a season-high five rebounds against the Stags. 
• In both games this season, the Greyhounds have had one player record a double-double in each Fairfield matchup. Rookie Tiffany Padgett tabbed her first career double-double in the conference season opener at Alumni Hall, while Sheahin ended her Reitz Arena career with a double-double against the Stags.  
• Loyola did not make a trip to the charity stripe until four minutes into the second half, while the Stags did not make a single free throw during Friday night’s contest. As well, the Stags did not record a single steal during regulation. 
• In both games against Fairfield this season, Loyola has recorded a season-low eight turnovers against the Stags. 
• The Greyhounds begin the month of March 1-0. 

Scouting the Peacocks
• Saint Peter’s dropped its sixth-consecutive conference contest at home against the Marist College Red Foxes on Friday, March 1. 
• Kristal Edwards led the Peacocks with 15 points, while Aziza May chipped in 10 points. 
• Saint Peter’s is shooting 32 percent from the floor this season, while averaging 37 boards per contest. 
• Edwards and May average double digit points a game, as Kaydine Bent and Jessika Holmes lead the rebounding effort with an average of 7 rebounds per game. 

Series with Saint Peter’s
• Saint Peter’s leads the series, 37-19, over 27 years of women’s basketball matchups. 
• Over the last 15 meetings, the Greyhounds hold a 9-6 advantage. In those same matchups, Loyola is 4-2 at the Yanitelli Center. 
• Last season the the two teams split the series, as the Peacock’s defeated the Greyhounds in Reitz Arena, 68-51, and Loyola won the contest in New Jersey, 61-54. 
• This season the Greyhounds opened home conference play, as they hosted the Peacocks on January 6. Nearly two months later, the two teams will meetup for the second time to conclude the 2013 regular season.
Nicole Krusen led the Greyhounds with 12 points, all from baskets from behind the arc, while Katie Sheahin chipped in nine points and eight rebounds. Junior Julie Smith recorded her first collegiate point, going 1-1 from the charity stripe. 
• Loyola trailed by six at the half, but a strong second half ultimately gave Loyola the push to record its first conference win of the season. 

Up Next
• Loyola travels to the MassMutual Center for the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.  

MAAC Tournament
• Loyola could finish as high as seventh with a win at Saint Peter’s coupled with a Siena College loss to Canisius College. The Greyhounds would finish eighth with a loss to Saint Peter’s or a Saints victory to the Golden Griffins.  

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola is currently ranked eighth in the MAAC, going 6-11 in 17 contests. 
• With more than 125 thefts, the Greyhounds are seventh in the MAAC recording 143 steals this season.    
• After a program-breaking performance against Manhattan, junior Nicole Krusen takes the top spot in the conference, making 41 percent of her three-point field goal attempts. The guard ranks seventh in made three’s recording 30 in 17 conference matchups. 
Katie Sheahin ranks third in steals, averaging 2.8 per game, while taking the number five spot in defensive rebounds. Overall, Sheahin ranks ninth in scoring offense among all other MAAC foes.
• Teammate Nneka Offodile ranks twelfth with 13 blocked shots against conference foes this season. 
• Rookie Tiffany Padgett is also making a statement in the conference ranked ninth in offensive rebounds. 
Kara Marshall and Alyssa Sutherland are lending their teammates a helping hand, ranking in the top 10 among conference rivals with 49 and 46 assists, respectively.   
• The Greyhounds are 195-205 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 75-68 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
• Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
• The Greyhounds are 118-83 at home against the MAAC, including 44-28 under Logan.
• The Greyhounds are 77-122 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-40 under Logan.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 14.1 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 1,1127 minutes, scoring 275 points in 28 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 15.1 free-throw attempts per contest. In those games, Loyola made 174 of its 257 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 9-4 at Reitz Arena this year, and 6-3 in conference play.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 60-41 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 first in the conference making 41 percent of her shots from downtown. She is also ranked seventh 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 8.1 points per game.
• The senior forward averages 5.1 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. 
• The 6’1” forward tied her career-high while scoring a season-best 18 points on Senior Night against the Fairfield Stags, in her final performance in Reitz Arena.
• After senior night, the post player ranks second with the most games played in program history. In her four years in the green and grey uniform, she has played 121 games for head coach Joe Logan.
• With Sutherland’s start at Iona College, the senior took the top spot with the most starts in Loyola history. 
• Sutherland is tied for sixth in program history with 193 steals, needing two more thefts to take the fourth place position. 

Front of the Line
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 11-13, or 85 percent, while Kara Marshall follows close behind at .774.
• Six Greyhounds have hit 100 percent of their shots from the line, and of those six, they have accomplished the feat 19 times this season.  
• 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 1,370 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, 19 total during her senior year. 
• 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.
Alyssa Sutherland tied her career-high shooting a season-best 18 points against the Fairfield Stags on Senior Night for her final appearance in Reitz Arena. 
Nneka Offodile recorded double figures in three consecutive conference contests, while guard Kara Marshall recorded a game-high 18 points at Manhattan Jan. 18, 2013.
• Junior Nicole Krusen scored double-digits on multiple occassions 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 120-122 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.