The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team concluded the 2011-12 season with a 13-17 overall record, going 9-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Greyhounds finished in fourth in the MAAC, losing to the No. 5 seed Niagara, 77-63, in the quarterfinal round of the MAAC Championship at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
The Greyhounds finished .500 or better in conference play for the fourth-straight season and the fifth time in seven seasons under head coach Joe Logan.
Loyola made just its second, first game exit under Logan in the MAAC Championship. The team is 5-2 under Logan in the first game of the championship.
Katie Sheahin led Loyola in scoring at 15.1 points per game. She also led the team with 102 steals, 34 blocks and 93 assists.
Miriam McKenzie led Loyola with 8.4 rebounds per game. She also shot a team-best 42.6-percent from the floor.
Three Greyhounds earned All-MAAC Postseason honors.
Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin were both named to the All-MAAC First Team, marking the first time that two Greyhounds been named to the first team in the same season in program history.
McKenzie also became just the second three-time All-MAAC First Team selection in Greyhound history, joining program all-time leading scorer Patty Stoffey who accomplished the feat from 1992-95.
Sheahin was named to the first team for the first time in her career, after being named to the All-MAAC Second Team as a sophomore and the MAAC All-Rookie team as a freshman.
Freshman guard Kara Marshall was a MAAC All-Rookie team selection, becoming the fourth player to earn the honor under Logan.
Sheahin Named Defensive Player of the Year
Junior guard Katie Sheahin was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
It is the second-straight year Sheahin has earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Sheahin led the conference at 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 this season.
Loyola vs. the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The Greyhounds went 9-9 in conference play this season, notching a 6-3 record against teams when playing them for a second time.
Marist was the only team that swept Loyola during the regular-season. The Greyhounds split with every other team besides Siena, who they beat in both meetings.
The Greyhounds are 192-191 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, including 69-57 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
Logan has the most wins of any Loyola head coach in program history against conference opponents.
The Greyhounds are 115-79 at home against the MAAC, including 38-25 under Logan.
The Greyhounds are 78-111 on the road against the MAAC, including 31-32 under Logan.
Loyola has made at-least one 3-pointer in 157-straight games. The last time without a three was on Feb. 23, 2007 vs. Canisius.
Katie Sheahin closed the year by scoring in double figures in 11-straight games.
Sheahin also has at-least one steal in 41-straight contests.
Loyola has scored 30-plus points in the paint in five-straight games and outscored opponents in the paint in 11 of last 12.
Miriam McKenize grabbed six or more rebounds in 18-straight contests to close her career.
Leading the Way
Junior guard Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring this season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She is just the fourth different player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and teammate Miriam McKenzie
Sheahin also led the team in steals with 102, the second most in a single season in Loyola history, as well as assists with 93, and blocks with 34.
Miriam McKenzie led the team in rebounding for a third-straight year, finishing with 226 for an average of 8.4. It was the highest average for a Greyhound in a single season since Katie Netherton averaged 8.7 in the 2000-01 season.
Reaching the Single-Season Charts
The Greyhounds had several players earn spots on the top-10 single-season charts this season.
Katie Sheahin scored the sixth-most points in a single season with 453 and also had the sixth-highest average at 15.1.
Sheahin also was third in three-point field goals made with 49, ninth in blocked shots with 34 and second in steals with 102.
Miriam McKenzie finished 9th on the charts in scoring average at 14.4, as well as 10th in rebounds with 226 to go with the fifth-highest rebounding average at 8.4.
Freshman guard Kara Marshall tied for fifth in three-point field goals made with 45, and also was ninth in free-throw percentage, connecting on 78-of-96 (81.3-percent) from the line.
Closing Her Career
Senior Miriam McKenzie finished her Loyola career as one of the best to put on the Green & Grey uniform.
McKenzie will graduate as the fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,398 points and the seventh all-time leading rebounder with 722. She also ranked second in scoring average at 14.1 points per game and third in rebounding average at 7.3 boards per game.
McKenzie graduates as one of only four players in Loyola history to score more than 1,200 points and grab more than 700 rebounds. She is the first to accomplish the feat since Mary Anne Kirsch from 1995-99.
Attacking the Record Books
Junior Katie Sheahin finished her third year in a Greyhound uniform and already ranks in the top-10 of many of Loyola’s career categories.
Sheahin currently ranks 12th all-time in scoring with 1,111 career points. She also is third in scoring average at 12.6 per game, fourth in 3-pointers made at 110, and seventh in assists with 268.
She also is the all-time leader in steals with 271, recording back-to-back 100 steal seasons.
Freshman guard Kara Marshall finished the year ranked second on Loyola All-Time Freshman scoring list with 329 points this season. Only Patty Stoffey scored more points as a freshman at Loyola with 443 in the 1991-92 season.
Marshall finished the year ranked ninth in the MAAC in conference games at 13.0 points per game and ranked second among freshman overall in scoring at 11.0 points per game.
Overall, she ranked first in the conference among freshmen in steals (2.0 per game), second in free-throw percentage (81.3-percent), and third in 3-point field goals made (1.5).
Sutherland also averaged 5.0 rebounds and was second on the team with 74 assists and tied for fourth with 53 steals.
Sutherland was in double figures six times this season, including a career-high 18 points in a win at Niagara. She also had four or more rebounds 17 times.
Offodile pulled down 4.8 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 20 blocks. She shot 82.5-percent (33-for-40) from the free-throw line.
Offodile also scored in double figures six times, with a career-high 11 points twice and recorded five or more rebounds 16 times.
Off the Bench
The Greyhounds used seven players off the bench this season, with Nicole Krusen leading the Loyola reserves with 3.9 points per game. Krusen connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts this season, leading the team at 34.4-percent.
Freshman forward Steph Smith was consistent in her 14.9 minutes per game, averaging 2.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. She grabbed three or more rebounds 16 times this year.
Hitting the Free Ones
The Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts this season.
The percentage ranked as the fifth highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.
Coming Up Clutch
The Greyhounds were 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.
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 went 10-8 in afternoon games this season compared to just 3-9 when playing at night.
Loyola averaged 61.6 points per game while shooting 40.6-percent from the floor when tipping off in the afternoon.
At night, the squad is scoring 53.5 points per game and hitting on just 34.6-percent of its attempts from the floor.
Senior guard Miriam McKenzie and junior guard Katie Sheahin became the first set of Greyhound teammates to record a double-double in the same game at Marist on Jan. 20, 2012.
McKenzie finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Sheahin had 16 points and 11 boards.
McKenzie has had back-to-back double-doubles, after scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds at Manhattan.
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 1.1 blocks per game. She finished the year ranked fourth in the MAAC.
Greyhounds Stifle Navy
Loyola defeated Navy 42-38 on Nov. 13, holding a team to less than 40 points for the first time since Jan. 29, 2000 when the Greyhounds held Marist to 39.
It was the fewest amount of points the Greyhounds had allowed since Feb. 22, 1995, when they defeated Lafayette 78-29.
The 42 points scored by the Greyhounds were the fewest the team had scored in a win since defeating Notre Dame of Maryland 38-22 in the1974-75 season
The Greyhounds concluded non-conference play with a 4-7 record, playing the 58th toughest schedule in the country according to the Sagarin Rankings.
Of Loyola’s 11 non-conference opponents, only three are below the top-200 in the RPI. Towson and Maryland both were in the RPI top-50.
Loyola took on nationally-ranked Maryland, who went on to win the ACC title and made it as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 as of March 20. The Greyhounds also battled Pittsburgh from the BIG EAST.
The Greyhounds also played UMBC (chosen to win the America East), Patriot League Champion Navy, Army, Howard (chosen to finish second in MEAC), Lehigh (won 3 of last 4 Patriot League titles and picked second this season), Patriot League favorite American and local rival Towson.
McKenzie was the team’s second leading scorer this season and finished her career fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,398 points and seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 722 boards.
The Greyhounds will bring back four of their five starters next season, and more than 77-percent of the team’s scoring from 2011-12.
Greyhounds Ink Five To National Letters of Intent
Head Coach Joe Logan and the women’s basketball program signed five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period between November 9 and November 16.
Joining the program will be Brittany Butler (Elkridge, Md./Howard), Diana Logan (Waldorf, Md./North Point HS), Tiffany Padgett (Laurel, Md./Pallotti), Jeneh Perry (Chattanooga, Tenn./Girls Prepatory School) and Bryanna Robinson (Brandywine, Md./Georgetown Day School).
Sutherland Earns University Honors
Alyssa Sutherland earned the Cura Personalis Award at the Loyola University Maryland award ceremony known as Gratias. The award is given to students who embody the Ignatian ideal of care for the whole person through demonstrated service, leadership and academic achievement.
Sutherland also was honored with the Magis-Scholar Leader Award, which honors students who complement superior academic performance with co-curricular involvement.
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