Five-Game Road Trip For Women's Hoops Begins Sunday At #16/19 Marquette
|Opponent||#16/19 Marquette Golden Eagles|
|Date||Sunday, November 19, 2017|
|Time||3:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Milwaukee, Wisc. | Al McGuire Center|
|Getting There||Directions (770 N 12th Street)|
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The Greyhounds are beginning a five-game road trip that will take them to Marquette, Norfolk State, William & Mary, Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (NY).
Loyola's game at Marquette will be its first road contest of the season, while it will also be the first time the Greyhounds and Golden Eagles meet on the hardwood.
Sunday's game will be the team's second-straight contest against a BIG EAST foe.
Loyola Greyhounds (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Stephanie Karcz leads the Greyhounds with 18.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per outing this season, while she also has a team-best nine steals.
Izzy Delaney is second on the team with a 17.0 points per game average, while Madelene McDonald is averaging 4.3 rebounds per contest.
Bri Betz-White leads the team with 12 assists and is third with 10.5 points per game.
Marquette Golden Eagles (0-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette, ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 19th in the USA Today poll, opened its season with an 88-87 loss at New Mexico.
The Golden Eagles, voted the unanimous favorite in the BIG EAST, are coming off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 after winning the BIG EAST Tournament and finishing the 2016-17 season with a 25-8 overall record.
Five Golden Eagles reached double figures in scoring in the season debut, as Lauren Van Kleunen led the team with 23 points, Allazia Blockton finished with 20, Danielle King had 14, Erika Davenport contributed 11 and Natisha Hiedeman added 10.
Davenport and King led the charge defensively, finishing with nine rebounds each, while Van Kleunen chipped in eight.
Hiedeman (8 assists), King (7), and Blockton (5) combined for 20 of Marquette's 24 assists, while Selena Lott had finished with five of the team's eight steals.
Sunday's game will mark the home opener for the Golden Eagles.
This will mark the first time Loyola and Marquette will meet on the hardwood.
Loyola vs. Current BIG EAST
Loyola is 7-14 against the 10 teams that currently compete in the BIG EAST.
Marquette will be the fourth team of those 10 that Loyola has faced.
The Greyhounds are 3-9 when facing Georgetown, 1-2 against Seton Hall and 3-3 versus Villanova.
Loyola's last win over a current BIG EAST team was in 2007, when the Greyhounds recorded a 49-47 win over Villanova in Reitz Arena.
Loyola's Ties To The BIG EAST
Loyola has ties to the BIG EAST Conference, as its women's lacrosse team competed as an affiliate member from 2006-13 before the entire school joined the Patriot League for the 2013-14 year.
The Greyhounds won back-to-back BIG EAST titles in 2011 and 2012.
Loyola and Marquette only faced one time in women's lacrosse, as the Golden Eagles' inaugural season was Loyola's last in the conference. Loyola won the non-conference match-up, 17-2, at Marquette's Valley Fields.
Loyola will travel to Norfolk State for its second game of a five-game road trip.
Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday.