Patriot League Championship Game Pits WBB Versus Army West Point
|Opponent||Army West Point | Patriot League Championships|
|Date||Saturday, March 12, 2016|
|Location||West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena|
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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.
THINGS TO KNOW
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.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS ARMY WEST POINT
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.