Dec. 3, 2007
Loyola 58, UMBC 56Monday, December 3, 2007
Head Coach Joe Logan:
"This was a typical city series game. You can throw everything out the window when you play UMBC or Towson or Mount St. Mary's. That was a battle the whole way through, and we played very hard over the final seven minutes of the game.
"UMBC runs its offense very well, and if you put pressure on them, they are going to make you pay. We waited until there were about nine minutes left, and then we had to (put pressure on them). They started to miss some shots, and we did a good job of rebounding. We were down by 10 in the second half, but we did not give up, and we just kept on doing things that would make us successful.
"I said after the Mount (St. Mary's) game that our seniors were starting to step up and take the lead on the court, and the same holds true tonight. (Woody) Meghan Wood and `T' (Tynisha Davis) did a great job of leading us tonight. They led us in points (Davis) and both of them led us in rebounds.
"I was happy to see our freshmen step up and hit some big shots for us. We said that we were young going into the season, but we know that we are getting more experience with each game. They are gaining a lot of confidence.
On Meredith Tolley's game-winning shot:
"I would like to say that we see that shot everyday in practice. We do take a lot of shots from the high post, but that is not the look that we get every time. I am most excited that a freshman had the courage to step up and hit that shot for us."
Senior guard Tynisha Davis:
On her leadership and Meghan Wood's leadership
"We are trying to encourage them (the younger players) as much as possible. We know that we have to do it by example, whether it is going out on the court and scoring or rebounding, or just playing hard. We are trying to set the right example.
"It is most important to step up and do something to help the team. We told them (the freshmen) in the locker room that they are no longer freshmen. They played like much older players tonight.
Senior forward Meghan Wood:
On the play of the freshmen:
"The freshmen really stepped up tonight. We said (when we were down by 10) that we had to win this game, and we were going to have to play defense to do it. The freshmen responded and did that.
"They (UMBC) started to miss some chipppies (easy shots), and we were able to capitalize on that. We started to get some things going offensively when that started to happen.
"Meredith came out and hit that shot like an older player. That was just a great job of doing what she needed to do."