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Cornell Starts Four-Game Road Swing For WBB

Nneka Offodile

Nneka Offodile

Nov. 25, 2013

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Opponent Cornell Big Red
Date Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Time 7 p.m.
Location Ithaca, N.Y. | Newman Arena
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The Greyhounds
• Loyola begins a new era of basketball, joining the Patriot League on July 1, 2013. 
• Junior Nai Brown leads the offense, averaging 13.0 points a game. She has scored 10-plus points in her first five games.
Jeneh Perry, Nneka Offodile and Tiffany Padgett average six or more rebounds a game, while junior Kara Marshall and freshman Lisa Mirarchi have recorded a team-high nine steals this season. 
• Loyola recorded its first win of the season, a 72-62 decision against Howard University on November 20, 2013. The Greyhounds shot a season-high 45-percent from the field. 

Series with Cornell
• Loyola is undefeated when playing Cornell throughout the series. 
• The two teams first met on January 18, 1983, when the Greyhounds defeated the Big Red, 61-53, on the Evergreen campus. Eight years later, Loyola traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete in the Cornell Tournament, taking the second win of the series in an 89-81 decision. 

What's On Deck For The Greyhounds?
• The Greyhounds take a few days off the court for the Thanksgiving holiday, before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 1, for a 2 p.m., matchup against former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe, Saint Peter's University. 

Last Game Out
• Loyola dropped a 60-54 decision to Pittsburgh University on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. 
• The lead changed a season-high six times, as both teams found success on either side of the court. 
• Junior Kara Marshall scored a season-high 20 points, while classmate Nai Brown added a career-high 15 points and Lisa Mirarchi chipped in 13. 
• Loyola shot a season-high 80-percent from the charity stripe, connecting on 12 of its 15 attempts. 
• For the first time this season, the Greyhounds out rebounded their opponent grabbing 37 boards to the Panthers' 35. 

It Ain't Over `Til Its Over
• In the final five minutes of the first four games, Loyola outscored its opponent, 50-39. 
• During that time, junior Nai Brown scored 22 of her 50 points in the first four games. Brown recorded 38 points in the second half alone.  

The Big 5-0-0
• With only 10 more victories, the Loyola women's basketball program will have garnered 500 program wins. 
• After those 10 wins, women's basketball will become the third team sport in Loyola history to record 500-plus wins, behind men's basketball and men's soccer. 

Butler Breaks Out
• Sophomore Brittany Butler had a big day at the Comcast Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, making her first collegiate start at No. 8 Maryland.
• At the time, 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, as it unveiled in 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).

Brown Continues To Lead The Offense
• Junior Nai Brown recorded her fifth-straight game with 10-plus points, scoring a career-high 15 points against Pittsburgh on Saturday. She went 5-18 from the field and 3-8 from behind the arc. Brown also tabbed three assists and five rebounds. 
• The last player to accomplish the feat of scoring 10 or more points in the first five games was Katie Sheahin in 2012. The guard recorded double-figures in five-consecutive games during the 2012-13 season.

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 by the Sacramento Monarchs.
• She led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championship. 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. She ranks sixth in free throws made, while scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.

Put Me In Coach
• Loyola's bench averages 28 points a game, led by the Greyhounds' leading scorer junior Nai Brown. The non-starters contributed 59 of the 106 points totalled in the first two games of the season. 
• Coming off the bench, sophomore Jeneh Perry has averaged more rebounds than any Greyhound in only 111 minutes of action.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 1-2 in Reitz Arena this year, and have an all-time record of 266-212 at home. 
• Head Coach Joe Logan has led the team to a 61-44 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 6-0-foot forward currently ranks 10th all-time with 60 stops and is two blocks away from passing Mary Anne Kirsch (`95-'99), who recorded 61 during her time in the green and grey uniform. 

Strong 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 University of Maryland has qualified for 10-straight postseasons after going 26-8 last year and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in 2013.
• The University of Hartford made it to the first round of the WNIT last season, qualifying for postseason play for the ninth consecutive year.
• East Carolina University made its second appearance in the WNIT, after going 22-9 last season. 
• The 2013 season 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 Conference 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 subscription 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 expired eligibility. 
• 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 of all-time 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 122-127 career record. He has led Loyola to two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title games, and a WNIT invitation in 2009.
• With a 67-54 win at Siena College on January 7, 2012, Logan picked up his 101st win to become Loyola's winningest coach by all-time wins. 
• 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.


 

 

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