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Women's Basketball Hosts Hartford For 2013-14 Home Opener

Diana Logan

Diana Logan

Nov. 13, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Hartford Hawks
Date Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola University Maryland hosts the University of Hartford Hawks on Thursday, Nov. 14, for the 2013-14 home opener at Reitz Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
• The women will be the first basketball program to host an opponent on the newly renovated Reitz Arena hardwood. 
• Loyola is coming off an 89-53 loss against nationally ranked Maryland University on Sunday, Nov. 10. Despite the loss, the Greyhounds recorded a number of career-bests, while holding the Terrapins to less than 90 points. 
• First-year assistant coach Laura Harper returned to her alma mater, to see her name in the rafters of the Comcast Center. 
• Loyola begins a new era of basketball, after joining the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.

Series with Hartford
• Loyola and Hartford will play for the fourth time in series history on Thursday evening, the last coming in 2012 when the Greyhounds traveled to Hartford, Conn., for the 2012-13 season opener. 
• The Hawks won that decision, 64-50, as Katie Sheahin led five players in double-figures, with 16 points. 
• Thursday evening, Loyola looks to win its first matchup against the Hawks.

What’s On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• The Greyhounds travel to East Carolina University for a matchup with the Pirates on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.
• Sunday’s matchup will mark the first meeting between the two team, as junior Kara Marshall will take on her sister, Colleen Marshall a guard for the ECU Pirates. 

Last Game Out
• Loyola dropped its season opener, 89-53, in the Comcast Center against No. 8 Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 10. 
• Junior Nai Brown led the offense, recording a career-high 11 points against the Terrapins. Sophomore Jeneh Perry grabbed a career-high six rebounds, and career-best three points. 
• Sophomore Brittany Butler sparked Loyola’s offense scoring the first four points for the Greyhounds, after Maryland went on a 11-0 run in the first three and a half minutes. Butler ultimately eneded the game with a career-high six points. 
• In the first half Loyola outshot Maryland from behind the arc, 27-percent - 25-pecent. 

It Aint Over ‘Till Its Over
• In the final five minutes against nationally ranked Marlyand, Loyola outscored the Terrapins 13-9. 
• During that time, junior Nai Brown went on a nine-point solo run, cutting the Maryland lead to less than 40 points. 
• Maryland missed three shots from the floor, two three-point field goals and two opportunities from the charity stripe, while Loyola hit three consecutive field goals and two back-to-back shots from behind the arc.  

Put Me In Coach
• Led by Loyola’s leading scorer Nai Brown, Loyola’s non-starters recorded 26 of the 53 points scored at No. 8 Maryland on Sunday afternoon. 
• Sophomore Jeneh Perry and Freshman Lisa Mirarchi contributed a career-high three and four points, respectively. 
• The bench combined for more rebounds than the starting lineup. 

Butler Breaks Out
• Sophomore Brittany Butler had a big day at the Comcast Center, taking on No. 8 Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 10. 
• The sophomore guard recorded personal bests in points (6), field goals (3), rebounds (1), assists (1), steals (2) and minutes (20).
• Butler sparked Loyola’s offense against the Terrapins, scoring the Greyhounds first four points against Alyssa Thomas, the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, and nationally ranked Maryland.  

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).

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.
• 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.
• She 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. 
• 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.

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.

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.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his ninth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 121-124 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.