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WBB: Patriot League Newcomers Meet In 1st Round Of Championships

Jeneh Perry

Jeneh Perry

March 3, 2014

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Opponent Boston University Terriers | Patriot League Championships First Round
Date Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Boston | Case Gymnasium
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola University Maryland will return to Boston for the third time in as many weeks when it makes its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championships on Tuesday, March 4. The Boston University Terriers will host Loyola at 7 p.m., from Case Gymnasium.
• The Greyhounds enter the Championships as the tenth seed, while Boston University is the seventh seed.
• The winner of the game will face No. 2 United States Military Academy in the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 6, from West Point, N.Y.
• The Greyhounds closed out the regular season with a 74-50 loss to the United States Naval Academy on Saturday, March 1.
• Sophomore Jeneh Perry scored a career-high 17 points, grabbing a game-best nine rebounds against top-seeded Navy. 

Series with Boston University
• Loyola and Boston University will meet for the third time in series history, with the two previous meetings taking place over the past two months. As fellow Patriot League newcomers, the Terriers swept the Greyhounds during the regular season.  
• In the first meeting, junior Nai Brown knocked down a career-high 28 points, but Loyola fell to Boston University, 70-60, on Sunday, Jan. 19, from Reitz Arena.
• A month later, the Terriers took their second straight series contest from Case Gym, 74-55. Despite the loss, Loyola took better care of the ball, recording only six turnovers that Saturday afternoon. 

Last Game Out
• Loyola closed out the regular-season on Saturday, March 1, dropping a 74-50 decision to the United States Naval Academy on senior day from Reitz Arena.
•  The Midshipmen had four stretches in the first half where it outscored Loyola by 12-plus points, despite a 9-0 run put together by post players Nneka Offodile, Tiffany Padgett and Jeneh Perry.
• In the second half, Loyola got within eight on a Padgett three-point field goal, but that was as close as it would draw the remainder of the game.
• Perry scored a career-high 17 points, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds on Saturday.

Loyola In The Tournament
• Loyola is playing the Patriot League Championships for the first time after competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for each of the last 24 years.
• The Greyhounds compiled a 24-22 record in the MAAC tournament, 7-18 when selected as the lower seed.
• Loyola took the tournament title in 1994 and 95 under Head Coach Pat Coyle.

Sayonara Seniors
• Prior to Saturday's game against Navy, Loyola honored its two seniors. During their careers, Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile led the Greyhounds to 51 wins, a trip to the 2011 WNIT and the first postseason victory in school history, beating Old Dominion in the first round of the WNIT.
• Leaving Loyola as one of the best shooters in program history, Nicole Krusen holds the program record for the most three-point field goals in school history. On Wednesday, February 19, Krusen hit her 151st three to pass Meredith Tolley for the most shots behind the arc in Loyola history. Last        season, Krusen also broke the record for the most three's in a single game, hitting seven shots against Manhattan College on February 15, 2013.
• A Kent, Ohio native, Nneka Offodile has been a leader on and off the court. She provides power in the post and leadership in the locker room. Entering Saturday's game, she is fifth all-time at Loyola with 90 blocked shots. As a Greyhound she has scored 488 points in 118 contests.

Minute To Win It
• With 36.0 minutes per game, freshman Lisa Mirarchi is averaging the most playing time of any rookie Greyhound to put on the green and grey uniform. She has clocked 1,044 minutes in 29 games this season.
• The West Chester, Pa., native passed one of Loyola's all-time greatest players, Patty Stoffey, who played 35.4 minutes a game during her freshman year from 1991-92.
• Mirarchi also passed current teammate, Kara Marshall, who ranks third in program history with 32.0 minutes per game as a freshman. In 2011, Marshall played 960 total minutes, earning a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team. 

Power From The Post
• Sophomore forward Jeneh Perry turned out strong performances during the final stretch of the regular-season.
• In her final home appearance of the season, Perry led the team with a career-high 17 points against the No.1 seed Navy Midshipmen. She went 7-for-10 from the floor, snatching a team-best two steals on the defensive end.  
• Two weeks earlier, 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 from inside Case Gymnasium. Totaling eight points for the afternoon, Perry was two points shy of recording her first-career double-double. 

Logan Scoring Output
• Sophomore Diana Logan had an impressive showing in the last three games, scoring in double figures in two of the three contests.
• In back-to-back appearances against Colgate and Holy Cross, Logan posted a career-high 13 points. On the road, she shot 6-for-12 versus the Crusaders and led the backcourt in points in the last two games.

Buzzer-Beater Beauty
• On Sunday, Feb. 23, freshman Lauren Daugherty hit a buzzer-beater three from the top of the key to send the game into overtime against the Colgate University Raiders.
• Daugherty is 3-of-9 from behind the arc, and that afternoon she followed through to help push her team into the extra period. 

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 49.1 points a game in February.
• On Sunday, Feb. 23, 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. 

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 5.0 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 15 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 103 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 14 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 13.9 turnovers per contest, an improvement from 18.2 during the non-conference slate.
• In 15 of the last 18 league games, Loyola recorded less than 20 turnovers. The Greyhounds have also recorded fewer misfortunes than their league opponent in seven 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 17.2 free throws per contest this season.
• In program history, senior Nicole Krusen and freshman Lisa Mirarchi have left their mark at the charity stripe. The two guards are ranked among the top-five in program history for their impressive free-throw percentages. 

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 seven games Offodile has led the team in thefts.
• In 12 of the last 13 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 29 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, 17 of Loyola's 24 loses have seen field-goal percentages higher than the one recorded against UMBC. 

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 2-11 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 62-53 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 90 stops and is six blocks 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.

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 126-147 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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