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Patriot League Championship Game Pits WBB Versus Army West Point

Colleen Marshall
March 12, 2016

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Opponent Army West Point | Patriot League Championships
Date Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time 6 p.m.
Location West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena
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• Loyola is in its 45th season as a women's basketball program and its 35th year of competition as an NCAA Division I program. Prior to 1981, the Greyhounds competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
• The 2013-14 season was Loyola's inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League.
• Prior to joining the League, Loyola was a member of the Northeast Conference for nine seasons (1980-89), before joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989. The Greyhounds posted an overall record of 196-205 in MAAC games and won two MAAC Championships, in 1993 and 1994.

• Loyola will make its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championship game Saturday evening, when it faces Army West Point in Christl Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. 
• The winner of the 2015-16 Patriot League Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• On Friday, Loyola recorded its second Patriot League Championship victory, defeating Bucknell, 65-53, in the semifinal round in West Point, New York.
• This will mark the first year since the 2010-11 season that the Greyhounds have played for a championship title. That year, Loyola fell to Marist College, 63-45, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title game.
• The Greyhounds are playing for their third conference title (they won the MAAC Tournament in 1994 and 1995) and first championship victory under head coach Joe Logan.
• Loyola is 9-6 as the No. 3 seed in conference championships, while going 2-4 all-time in the championship round.
• With a record of 11-7 throughout the Patriot League regular season, Loyola earned the third seed and secured a bye for the first round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Championship.
The Greyhounds have put together six-straight victories for the first time since the 2011-12 season when Loyola won six-consecutive MAAC games through the months of January and February.
  Seniors Colleen Marshall and Jeneh Perry were named to All-Patriot League teams at the close of the regular season. Marshall garnered spots on both the first team and All-Defensive Team, while Perry was voted to the League's third team.
• Marshall, a unanimous first-team selection, became Loyola's first-ever All-Patriot League First Team honoree and the first Greyhound to earn first-team honors since 2012. She was also the only League player to earn a spot on the first team and the defensive team after picking up All-Patriot League Second Team accolades last season.
• Perry, making her first-ever appearance on an all-League team, became Loyola's first forward to earn an all-conference honor since Lauren Troupe (2002-06) garnered All-MAAC First Team accolades in 2005-06.

• Loyola is looking for its first win against Army West Point since joining the Patriot League in 2013-14, as the Black Knights hold 6-0 advantage in League matchups.
  Army West Point also leads the all-time series that dates back to 2008, 7-4.
• Before joining the League, Loyola topped Army West Point in back-to-back matchups in 2011 and 2012.
• Loyola won the first two contests of the series, on the road in 2008 and at home in 2009, before the Black Knights recorded their first win in 2010.

• Loyola outscored second-seeded Bucknell University 36-16 in the second and third quarters to build a lead of as many as 20 Friday night, and the third-seeded Greyhounds advanced to their first-ever Patriot League Championship Game with a 65-53 semifinal win over the Bison.
• Graduate student Steph Smith knocked down three 3-pointers and was 6-of-11 from the field to score a career-high 20 points, while senior Colleen Marshall added 22 points and four assists for the Greyhounds.
• Smith shattered her previous scoring-high of 12 set earlier this season against UMBC; her 20-point effort was just the fifth time in her Loyola career that she has scored in double figures.
• A low-scoring first quarter saw Bucknell lead, 10-9, after a defensive game for the first 10 minutes, but junior Lauren Daugherty knocked down a 3-point field goal 1:12 into the second stanza to put the Greyhounds in front, 12-10.
• Nearly three minutes later, Bucknell tied the score at 14-14 on a Kyi English basket, but Smith hit her first three of the night on the Greyhounds' next possession to put Loyola in front for the remainder of the contest.






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