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Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing In Syracuse

Nneka Offodile recorded a team-best six rebounds against Pitt Wednesday night.

Nneka Offodile recorded a team-best six rebounds against Pitt Wednesday night.

Dec. 7, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Syracuse Orange
Date Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time 1 p.m.
Location Syracuse, N.Y. | Carrier Dome
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The Greyhounds
• Twelve Greyhounds have tallied points this season, while six have reached double figures in scoring. Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds with 140 points, 31 assists, and 21 steals. Kara Marshall follows close behind with 69 points and 13 steals, while Nneka Offodile leads in rebounds, recording 49.  
Candice Walker leads the team behind the arc, making 67 percent of her shots from downtown. 
• Senior Alyssa Sutherland leads the Greyhounds in shooting, making 45 percent of her field goal attempts. 
• In the MAAC, Loyola’s defense ranks second in defensive field goal percentage. 
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the pre-season coaches poll. 

Last Time Out
• Loyola fell to the University of Pittsburgh, 57-47, after a back-and-forth first half. The Greyhounds took the lead five times in the first half, but could not hold off the Panther offense in the second. 
• Senior Katie Sheahin recorded a team-high 16 points against Pitt, while junior Nneka Offodile grabbed six boards for the Greyhounds. 
• The Panthers took advantage of Loyola’s turnovers, scoring 14 points of the Greyhounds’ 17 turnovers. Pitt also scored 34 of their 57 points in the paint.
• The Panthers were unsuccessful from behind the arc, not connecting on a single attempt from three-point range. The last time Loyola held an opponent to zero three-pointers occurred on Jan. 28, 2011, when the Greyhounds visited Niagara University at the Gallagher Center.

Scouting the Orange
• Syracuse enter Saturday’s contest 8-1, with the latest win over Wagner, 66-28. 
• Two Syracuse players broke records Tuesday against the Seahwaks, including Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas.
• Alexander recorded a career-best 34 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds. The center posted her fourth double-double of the season. 
• Tyson-Thomas earned a spot in the 1,000 point club scoring six points, to put her career total at 1,001. 
• Syracuse trailed Wagner until a 18-5 run sparked by a Taylor Ford jumper. The Orange continued the momentum in the second half as they recorded a 19-0 run with five minutes left in the second half. 
• Alexander leads Syracuse averaging 21.1 ppg and nine rebound per game, while Tyson-Thomas follows with 11.2.

Series with Syracuse
• Saturday’s contest will account for the first meeting between the Orange and Greyhounds.  

Up Next
• Loyola ends its road tour with a game at Army, Monday, Dec. 10. Tipoff begins at 7 p.m. at Christi Arena.

Loyola vs. The MAAC
• Loyola was picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason coaches poll. The Greyhounds finished only 16 points behind Niagara University. In a unanimous vote, the seven-time defending champion Marist College Red Foxes took first.  
The Greyhounds went 9-9 in conference play last 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.

Shining Sheahin
• Senior Katie Sheahin leads the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, averaging 15.6 points per game, and scoring a season-best 22 points against American on Dec. 1, 2012.
• Sheahin matched her career best, going 8-8 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Maryland on Nov. 11, 2012.
• The guard enters her final season as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, earning a spot on the preseason conference first team. 
• Sheahin led the Greyhounds in scoring last season, totaling 453 points for an average of 15.1 per game. She was the fourth player in Greyhound history to average more than 15 points per game since 1990, joining Patty Stoffey, Lynn Albert and former 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.
• She ranks fifth all-time at Loyola with 94 career blocks and was one of the top guards in the country last season, at 1.1 blocks per game. She finished the 2011-12 season ranked fourth in the MAAC.
• Last season, she scored in double figures in 11-straight games to end the year.
• Over that stretch, Sheahin averaged 16.4 points per game to go with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals.
• Sheahin scored 20-plus points three times last season, including back-to-back games against George Washington and American. She tied her career-high with 28 points at George Washington.

New Kids on the Block
• All five freshman made their collegiate debut in the season opener against the Hartford Hawks. 
Diana Logan was the first rookie to score double digits against UMBC Nov. 17, 2012. The guard went 4-8 from the field, connecting on one basket from downtown. Three weeks later, Logan would record a repeat performance, posting ten points against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. 
• The freshman class has played 298 minutes, scoring 67 points in nine games. 

Checking the List Twice
• Senior guard Katie Sheahin was named the 2011-12 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
• It was the second-straight year Sheahin earned the honor, becoming just the second player in conference history to be named Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
• In 2011-12, Sheahin led the conference with 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 last season.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Katie Sheahin scored her 1,000th career point against Iona on Feb. 10, 2012, becoming the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the achievement.
• It was the second season in a row that the Greyhounds had a junior reach the 1,000-point mark after Miriam McKenzie did so in 2010-11.

Home Sweet Home
• The Greyhounds are 3-1 at Reitz Arena this year.
• Head coach Joe Logan has led the team to 34-33 on the home hardwood.

Marshall Madness 
Kara Marshall is second on the team in points, averaging 7.7 ppg in the 2012-13 season. 
• The sophomore guard earned 2012 preseason All-MAAC second team honors, in only her second year as a Greyhound.  
• Marshall finished her rookie year ranked second on the Loyola All-Time Freshman scoring list with 329 points last season. Only Patty Stoffey scored more points as a freshman at Loyola with 443 in the 1991-92 season.
• Marshall finished the 2011-12 season 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) and third in 3-point field goals made (1.5).
• The 5-8 guard earned a spot on the 2011-12 All-MAAC Rookie team.

Cruisin’ Down the Hardwood
• Junior Nicole Krusen recorded her first career double-double against UMBC Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The guard posted 15 points and 10 boards, going 5-8 from behind the arc. 
• Krusen led the Loyola reserves last season with 3.9 points per game. The six-foot guard connected on 31-of-90 3-point attempts in 2011-12, leading the team at 34.4-percent.   

Moving Forward
• In the post, the Greyhounds are led by Alyssa Sutherland and Nneka Offodile, averaging 7.2 and 5.1 points per game, respectively. 
• Sutherland averages 4.7 boards, and is currently third on the tream in rebounds. Sutherland scored double-digits in three-consecutive games recording six assists and three blocks in those contests. 
• Offodile ranks first on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.4 boards per game. The junior forward holds the team-season-record with 10 rebounds against Howard.

Hitting the Free Ones
Nicole Krusen leads the Greyhounds from the line, going 9-10, or 90 percent. Senior Katie Sheahin follows close behind, going 78 percent from the charity stripe.
• Sheahin went 8-8 fom the line against Maryland in 2012, a rematch of her career-high. 
• On Dec. 1, the Greyhounds shot a season-best 75 percent from the free-throw-line, making 18 of their 24 attempts. 
• In 2011-12, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the MAAC, hitting 72.0-percent (391-of-543) of their free-throw attempts.
• The percentage ranked as the fifth-highest single-season team percentage in Loyola history.

Double Trouble
Katie Sheahin started the 2012-13 season where she ended last season. 
• Offensively, the senior posted double figures for the first five games of the 2012-13 season. 
• Sheahin recorded a season-best 22 points against the American Eagles, on Dec. 1 in Reitz Arena.  The senior grabbed her eighth-career 20+ point game. 
• Last season, Sheahin scored in double figures in 11-straight games to end the year.
• Over that stretch, Sheahin averaged 16.4 points per game to go with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals.

Not Your Average Joe
• Head coach Joe Logan enters his eighth season at the helm for the Greyhounds, with a 113-110 career record. He has led Loyola to two MAAC 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 with 21 wins in 2010-11.
• Logan is assisted by Alisha Mosley, Jill Glessner, Keith Booth, and Director of Basketball Operations Erica DiClemente.