The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team plays its third-straight road game on Sunday, December 18, when the Greyhounds make the trip to Washington, D.C., for a match-up with the George Washington Colonials at 2:00 p.m.
The Greyhounds are in the midst of a five-game road trip, their longest road stretch since playing six-straight away from home during the 2009-10 season.
The Greyhounds are 0-4 on the road this season and are 14-22 in non-conference road games under Head Coach Joe Logan.
The team's last regular-season non-conference road win came at Navy on Dec. 3, 2010.
Logan enters the contest with 99 career wins, one victory shy of tying Patty Coyle for the most wins in program history.
Scouting the Colonials
George Washington had a four-game winning streak snapped in the team's last game when the Colonials dropped a 59-50 decision at No. 19/20 Georgetown on Sunday, December 11.
Head Coach Mike Bozeman is in his fourth season at the helm of the Colonials with an overall record of 36-61.
GW is coming off an 8-21 overall record and a 3-11 mark in the Atlantic-10 Conference last year. The Colonials were selected to finished ninth in the 14-team A-10 this season. A record eight A-10 teams have qualified for postseason play each of the past three seasons.
Senior Tara Booker is ranked seventh all-time at GW with 134 career 3-pointers.
Four starters return for the Colonials this season.
GW has held each of its last seven opponents to less than 60 points.
This marks the 13th meeting between George Washington and Loyola, but is the first time the teams have played since 2008.
The Colonials have beaten the Greyhounds in each of the first 12 meetings, including 53-35 the last time the teams met on December 27, 2008.
Each of the last four meetings have happened at GW. The Colonials are 7-0 against Loyola at home.
Loyola vs. Atlantic-10 Conference
Loyola is 5-36 all-time against members of the Atlantic-10 Conference including 3-20 on the road.
The Greyhounds' last victory over an A-10 team was on November 13, 2009, when Loyola defeated La Salle 69-55 on the road.
The Greyhounds are 1-4 against the Atlantic-10 under Head Coach Joe Logan. Logan has a 1-3 record against La Salle and an 0-1 mark against George Washington.
Last Time Out
Loyola lost, 59-54, on the road to Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, December 10.
The Greyhounds had a slow start on the offensive end, trailing 21-14 at the half after shooting 31.6-percent from the floor.
The Greyhounds battled back to take the lead twice in the second half, but The Mount staved off the Loyola rally to take the victory.
Loyola trailed by just two with 2:51 remaining, but a 6-0 run by the Mountaineers put the game away.
Loyola scored 40 points in the second half to match a season-high.
In Loyola's three wins this season, the Greyhounds have held teams to 52.7 points and just 30.9-percent shooting from the floor.
In the team's five losses, teams are shooting 43.0-percent from the floor while scoring 67.6 points.
Leading the Way
Senior guard Miriam McKenzie has consistently led the team this season, registering double figures five times while leading the team in scoring four times.
McKenzie leads the team with 14.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She also has shot 80.5-percent from the free-throw line and 43.2-percent from the field.
Here 14.4 points per game also ranks fourth in the conference.
Road Trip Blues
The Greyhounds have started 0-4 on the road this season, losing to Maryland, Pittsburgh, Lehigh and Mount St. Mary's.
Loyola has shot 33.5-percent from the floor on the road, compared to a 39.8-percent clip at home.
Loyola has allowed an average of 69.5 points on the road, losing two games by double figures.
At the Stripe
The Greyhounds entered the week ranked 52nd in the country, shooting 74.0-percent from the free-throw line.
Loyola has shot over 80-percent in four of the team's first eight games this season.
No Sophomore Slump
Sophomore forward Nneka Offodile has made her mark as a starter this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Offodile has already totaled 50 points this season through nine games, matching the 50 points she scored all of last season.
Offodile has scored a career-high of 10 points twice in the last four games and has grabbed four or more rebounds seven times this season.
Not An Easy Road
The Greyhounds are playing a difficult non-conference slate that is littered with teams chosen to finish at the top of their conferences.
Loyola took on nationally-ranked Maryland, along with Pittsburgh from the BIG EAST.
The Greyhounds also have played UMBC (chosen to win the America East), Navy (2010-11 Patriot League champion), Army (receiving votes in Mid-Major Top 25), Howard (chosen to finish second in MEAC) and Lehigh (won 3 of last 4 Patriot League titles and picked second this season).
Loyola also plays Patriot League favorite American in non-conference action.
We Must Protect This House
The Greyhounds have jumped out to a 3-1 start at Reitz Arena, with the team's lone loss coming to UMBC by four points.
The Greyhounds are outscoing opponents by an average of 57.0 to 54.5, and have held teams to 31.1-percent shooting from the field.
Freshman guard Nai Brown scored a season-high eight points off the bench in 11 minutes against Lehigh on Dec. 5.
Brown led the team with a +5 plus-minus ratio, as the Greyhounds outscored Lehigh 22-17 when she was on the floor.
Krusen On A Sunday Afternoon
Sophomore guard Nicole Krusen scored a career-high 15 points in a 62-56 win on Sunday, November 27.
Krusen hit five 3-pointers, becoming the first player since Katie Sheahin on March 16, 2011 at Old Dominion to hit five 3's in a game.
The Rockville, Md., native became just the ninth player in Greyhound history to hit five 3-pointers in a game.
Krusen ranks first in the MAAC in 3-point FG percentage (50%), making 12 of 24 attempts.
Since becoming the starting point guard, freshman guard Kara Marshall is averaging 10.5 points, 2.2 steals and 1.8 assists.
The Gaithersburg, Md., native is shooting 44.4-percent from the field and 80.0-percent from the free-throw line.
Marshall was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20 after scoring 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting in her first career start at Pittsburgh.
Making Things Happen
Although averaging just 2.0 points per game, freshman Steph Smith has helped the Greyhounds outscore opponents 130-113 (+17) when she is on the court over the last seven games, the second-best plus-minus ratio of any player on the team behind Miriam McKenzie's +26.
Smith had the highest plus-minus on the Greyhounds against Howard, giving Loyola a 13-point advantage when she was on the floor.
Six of Loyola's first seven games have been decided by six points or less.
In those six games, the contest was within one posession heading into the final minute of play.
Loyola owns a 3-0 record in games when leading with five minutes remaining. The team is 0-5 in games when trailing with five minutes remaining.
Stealing the Show
Junior guard Katie Sheahin enters action this week ranked 19th in the nation and first in the MAAC, averaging 3.6 steals per game.
The Brookeville, Md., native set a career high with eight steals at Pittsburgh. It was the fifth time in her career that Sheahin had seven-plus steals in a game. She ranks first in Loyola history, averaging 3.1 steals per game and is tied for third on the all-time career steals list with 198.
Climbing the Charts
Miriam McKenzie became the 11th player in Loyola history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark last season, and enters today's game 11th on the all-time chart with 1,1109 career points.
Loyola graduated Erica DiClemente last year, who finished as the ninth leading scorer in Greyhound history at 1,123.
Not Your Average Joe
Head coach Joe Logan enters today's game with 99 career victories, needing just two more to become the all-time wins leader in Loyola history.
Logan has led Loyola to two 20-plus win seasons in his tenure, including tying a program record with 21 wins last season.
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The Greyhounds play their fourth-straight on the road when they return to Washington, D.C., to face Preseason Patriot League favorite American