The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team plays its home opener against Navy on Sunday, November 13, at 5 p.m.
The Greyhounds are 24-16 all-time in home-openers and 2-4 under Head Coach Joe Logan.
Loyola lost its home-opener last year, 64-57, against La Salle. The Greyhounds last won a home opener against Army in 2009.
Loyola finished 9-6 at home in 2010-11, going 2-4 at Reitz Arena in non-conference games.
Both the Greyhounds and the Midshipmen lost their first games of the season. Loyola fell, 86-46, at No. 11/10 Maryland, while Navy lost to Richmond, 56-39.
Loyola will raise its 2011-12 WNIT banner in a pregame ceremony.
Scouting the Midshipmen
Navy captured its first Patriot League title in school history, going 20-12 overall and 10-4 in league play in 2010-11
The Midshipmen lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to DePaul, 56-43.
Navy was selected to finish 3rd in the Patriot League Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Jade Geif was selected as the 2011-12 Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year. Geif was the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year as well as MVP of the Patriot League Tournament
Navy dropped a 56-39 decision at Richmond in the team’s season opener on Friday night.
This marks the 15th meeting between the Greyhounds and the Midshipmen, with Navyholding an 11-3 advantage. The Greyhounds’ won the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 3, 2010, beating the Midshipmen 57-54 on the road.
Loyola’s last home win in the series was on MArch 2, 1979 when they edged Navy 71-67.
Loyola vs. the Patriot League
Loyola is 18-32 all-time against Patriot League opponents, with the team’s last win coming against Navy, 57-54, on Dec. 3, 2010 in Annapolis, Md.
All three of the team’s victories have come against Maryland.
The Greyhounds last home win against a Patriot League team was last season when they beat Bucknell, 59-55, on December 1, 2010.
Current Greyhounds vs. Navy
Seven current Greyhounds have appeared in games against the Midshipmen over the past two years.
Miriam McKenzie leads the Greyhounds, averaging 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. McKenzie registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds her sophomore season.
Alyssa Sutherland had 11 points in last year’s meeting and is averaging eight points a game against the Midshipmen.
Katie Sheahin scored seven points and had seven assists in the meeting last year.
The Greyhounds hit the road to take on Pittsburgh on Friday, November 18 at the Petersen Event Cents.
Loyola is 0-2 all-time against the Panthers, losing 73-45 in last year’s meeting in Pittsburgh
‘Hounds Picked Second in MAAC Preseason Poll
Loyola was picked to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Greyhounds received 84 points with Marist being chosen as the unanimous preseason favorite.
The second-place ranking is the highest under head coach Joe Logan and is the best for the program since it was selected to win the league in 2004.
Booth, a Baltimore native, comes to Loyola after spending the past seven seasons as an assistant coach under former head coach Gary Williams with the Maryland men’s program.
Booth played four years at Maryland where he finished among the Terrapins’ all-time leaders in scoring (9th with 1,776 points), rebounding (6th with 916 points) and steals (5th with 193). He is one of 15 players to have his jersey honored above Maryland’s home court at the Comcast Center.
Booth also was a member of the 1998 NBA World Champion Chicago Bulls.
Williamson was a four-year standout at the University of Notre Dame where she helped the Irish to two trips to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and 2010.
She ranks eighth in Notre Dame history with 125 career blocks.
Williamson played overseas in Germany where she was the starting center for the SV Halle Lions before having reconstructive ankle surgery that ended her playing career.
Williamson was the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a senior at Notre Dame.