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2013-14 Season Opens For Women's Basketball Sunday Afternoon

Tiffany Padgett

Tiffany Padgett

Nov. 7, 2013

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Opponent University of Maryland
Date Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time 2 p.m.
Location College Park, Md. | Comcast Center
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The Greyhounds in 2012-13
• All 13 Greyhounds tallied points last season, while eight reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 402 points, 181 rebounds, 84 assists, and 76 steals. Alyssa Sutherland followed in second with 236 points. 
Nneka Offodile led Loyola from the floor, shooting a team-high 48-percent.
Nicole Krusen led the team from behind the arc, making a team-high 50 shots from downtown, and setting a school record with seven three-point field goals in a single contest. The guard was second in the MAAC, shooting 41 percent against other conference teams. 
• Loyola boasted a 11-3 record when outshooting its foe.
• When scoring more points off turnovers, the Greyhounds were 7-2. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola ranked second in defensive rebounding percentage at 70-percent.
• When making more shots from downtown, the Greyhounds claimed a 10-4 record. 
Katie Sheahin was named to the All-MAAC Second Team, while freshmen Diana Logan and Tiffany Padgett were the second duo in program history to both be selected for the All-Rookie conference team.   

Series with Maryland
• Loyola and Maryland will play for the 23rd time in series history on Sunday afternoon. 
• The Terrapins lead the series, 19-3, winning the latest matchup on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, 80-45, for Loyola’s 2012-13 home opener.
• Loyola is 1-11 when playing at Maryland and 0-6 at the Comcast Center. 
• Last year, Katie Sheahin led Loyola’s scoring effort with nine points, going 8-8 from the charity stripe.  
• Despite putting the first points on the board, Loyola could not sustain its lead. The Greyhounds held an 11-9 lead in the first few minute, but Maryland quickly controlled the offensive effort for the remainder of the game. 
• Tianna Hawkins led the scoring effort with 33 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds. Hawkins went on to become the No. 6 pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, playing for the Seattle Storm. 

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• Loyola will opens its 2013-14 home schedule on Thursday, Nov. 14, with a 7 p.m., game against Harford University. The Greyhounds will matchup with the Hawks on Loyola’s newly refinished floor in Reitz Arena. 

Loyola In The 2013 MAAC Championships
• The No. 8 seed Loyola Greyhounds took on the No. 9 seed Manhattan College Jaspers, Thursday, March 7, in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Springfield, Mass. 
• For the fourth-time in program history, the Greyhounds dropped a contest to the lower seed, falling to Manhattan 50-49 in the MassMutual Center.
• With less than 15 seconds remaining in the first-round contest, Katie Sheahin connected on a jumper to put the Greyhounds up 49-48. Only seconds later, Manhattan’s Monica Roeder made a 2-point basket with 0.9 seconds on the shot clock. The last second buzzer beater gave the Jasper’s the one-point victory over the Greyhounds.  
• Sheahin led Loyola with 13 points, while sophomore Kara Marshall added 11 points to the scoring effort. 
• Junior Nneka Offodile guided the rebounding effort with with six boards, two offensive and four defensive rebounds.  
• The Greyhounds are 24-22 all-time in the MAAC Tournament, winning the title in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995. 
• Head coach Joe Logan has led Loyola to a 7-8 record in eight trips. During his tenure, the Greyhounds have lost their first game in the tournament on three separate occasions, two in the quarterfinal and one in the most recent first round matchup. 
• Loyola is 4-6 all-time in the first round, and 17-4 when playing a team of a lower seed. 

All-MAAC Honors
• Recent alumna Katie Sheahin earned her fourth-consecutive All-MAAC honor, earning a spot on the All-MAAC Second Team. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year ended the season among good company in Katie Cizynski (FFD), Brittany Obi-Tabot (FFD), Joy Adams (ION), Casey Dulin (MAR), and Elizabeth Beynnon (MAR). Sheahin received All-Rookie team honors her freshman year, while earning a spot on the first and second team in the next two seasons. 
• Freshmen Diana Logan and Tiffany Padgett became the second duo in program history to both earn All-MAAC Rookie Team honors in the same season. The pair became the ninth and tenth rookies to earn conference honors as freshmen, while being the fifth and sixth under Head Coach Joe Logan
• Sheahin, along with teammates Alyssa Sutherland and Nicole Krusen, earned a spot on the 2013 conference All-Academic team. To be eligable for the team players must have a 3.2 GPA and be a sophomore in academic standards.

Harper Returns To The Comcast Center
• First year assistant coach Laura Harper returns to her alma mater on Sunday, Nov. 11, when the Greyhounds take on the No. 8 Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. 
• Harper, who played four seasons at Maryland, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft to the Sacramento Monarchs. 
• Harper led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championships. 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. Two days later, Harper recorded 16 points in the title win against the Duke Blue Devils.
• Harper sits atop the charts at Maryland with 198 blocked shots for the Terrapins.  She ranks sixth in free throws made, while scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.

Patriot League Preseason Poll
• Loyola was picked to finish eighth in its inaugural Patriot League season when it unveiled a preseason poll voted on by all 10 League coaches and sports information directors.
• The United States Naval Academy, last year’s Patriot League Tournament Champions took the top spot with 157 votes, and 14 first-place nods. The United States Military Academy and fellow Patriot League-newcomer Boston University finished second and third, respectively, with three first-place votes each.The College of the Holy Cross grabbed the fourth place spot with 112 points, while Lehigh University (97) and American University (87) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Bucknell University was selected seventh, totaling 62 votes, followed by Loyola (54), Lafayette College (37) and Colgate University (33).

What’s Missing
• The Greyhounds lost Katie Sheahin, Alyssa Sutherland and Candice Walker to graduation. 
• 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 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.

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.

Krusen From Behind The Arc
• 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 rebounds, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• Last season, she led the Greyhounds in shots from the line, connecting on 13 of her 15 attempts from the charity stripe, as her career-percentage is number one in program history at 86.5-percent.
• Krusen ranks second in Loyola’s all-time three-point field goal percentage, making 36.5-percent of her shots from downtown.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds were 9-4 at Reitz Arena last year, and 6-3 in conference play.
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 60-41 overall record on the home hardwood.

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 six-foot forward currently ranks 10th all-time with 57 stops, and is four blocks away from passing Mary Anne Kirsch (‘95-’99) who recorded 61 during her time in the green and grey uniform. 

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 Greyhounds start the season off in College Park, Md., to take on the University of Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Terrapins have qualified for 10-straight postseasons after going 26-8 last season and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2013.
• Loyola plays its home opener on Thursday, Nov. 14, as the Greyhounds host the University of Hartford. The Hawks made it to the first round of the WNIT last season, qualifying for postseason play for the ninth consecutive year.
• The Greyhounds then travel to Greenville, N.C., to take on first-time opponent East Carolina. The Pirates made their second appearance in the WNIT, after going 22-9 last season. 
• 2013 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 Conferece 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.

Book Worms
• The Loyola women’s basketball team recorded a 100-percent graduation success rate score, according to the NCAA graduation success rate numbers that were published in the fall. 
• Women’s basketball was one of eight Loyola programs to record a perfect score, as the Greyhounds achieved a 95-percent cumulative graduation rate for all sports for the 2003-2006 cohorts that make up this year’s report. That rate is tied for 20th among the 346 NCAA Division I schools included in the report.

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 subrciption is required, and fans can watch hundreds of Patriot League games in a variety of sports at www.patriotleague.tv.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his ninth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 121-123 career record. He has led Loyola to two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 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 best 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Jill Glessner, Ryan Gensler and Laura Harper.