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Women's Basketball Resumes Conference Play on Saturday Against Manhattan

Jan. 2, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola hosts Manhattan on Saturday, January 5, 2008, in the first of 16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games to finish the regular-season... The Greyhounds welcome back their alumnae on Saturday at the team's annual Alumnae Day.

Series Notes: Saturday's game will be the 38th all-time meeting between the Greyhounds and the Jaspers. Manhattan leads the series 20-17, but Loyola has won the last six times the teams have played and eight of the last nine. Such streaks are not uncommon in this series, as the Jaspers won the first seven meetings between the schools and later had winning streaks of five and four in a row.

Non-Conference Slate: Loyola wrapped up its non-conference regular-season slate with a 5-5 record for the second straight season.

Driving Ms. Davis: Tynisha Davis used her ability to drive to the basket, or pull-up off the dribble to score a career-high 16 points at Bucknell. She was 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line to eclipse her previous career high of 15, which she had reached on three occasions.

Home Sweet Home: Loyola has won all six of its games this season at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds have won 77-percent (24-7) of their games on their home campus in Joe Logan's two-plus seasons as head coach.

Streaking On Campus: The Greyhounds have opened their season 6-0 at Reitz Arena, which is the fourth best home start in Loyola history (see chart on next page). The win over Columbia gave the Greyhounds their best start at home in the school's Division I history.

Road Woes: Loyola dropped to 1-5 on the road this season with a three-point loss at Bucknell. The Greyhounds are being outscored 66.3-52.8 on the road, while they are averaging almost eight points more per game at home.

Maybe It's The Rims: The Greyhounds have shot just .355 on the road, while its opponents are shooting .449 in their own gyms. In Reitz Arena, Loyola is shooting .384, while opponents are at a .342 clip.

Or Maybe It's The Water: Loyola basketball teams have not found success away from Reitz Arena in general this year. Combined, the men's and women's basketball teams are 1-11 on the road this year. They are both perfect at home.

Second Half Team: The Greyhounds seem to be a second-half club this season. They are shooting .392 in the second half of games, while they are making field goals at a .348 mark in the first half.

Defensively, Too: Locker room defensive adjustments have been working in the second half, as well. Loyola has limited opponents to just .372 from the field in the second half, while they are shooting .422 in the first half.

Windex Work: Loyola posted its best rebounding margin since the season opener in the Bucknell game. The Greyhounds had 41 boards, while the Bison grabbed 28.

Solid Performance From Sholokhova: Vika Sholokhova had her best game, statistically, against Bucknell since the Maryland contest. She put up nine points, had a game-high 10 rebounds and matched her season-high with three assists.

The Turnover Battle: Loyola committed more turnovers than both Towson and Bucknell in those losses, making the Greyhounds 0-5 in games where they have more turnovers than their opponents.

Sticky Fingers: Loyola recorded a season-high 10 steals at Towson, led by Siobhan Prior's career-high four. Candice Walker had two thefts, while Meghan Wood, Ashley Alexander, Meredith Tolley and Erica DiClemente recorded one each.

Woody's Big Day: Meghan Wood put up several career-highs in Loyola's 66-49 defeat of Columbia on December 22. She scored 22 points on 11-of-14 field goals, setting career bests in those categories. She also recorded her second double-double of the year with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Running Ways: In Loyola's seven wins, the Greyhounds engineered second-half runs that have paced them to the victories. Here's a look at the details:

OpponentStart ScoreTimeRunEnd ScoreTimeDrexelD, 44-3610:3914-2L, 50-466:20DrexelT, 52-524:2220-10L, 72-62FinalVillanovaV, 40-366:406-0L, 42-403:59VillanovaV, 44-422:037-0L, 49-44:15Mt. St. Mary'sL, 37-3612:4012-2L, 49-376:39UMBCUMBC, 50-407:3411-1L, 52-515:23NiagaraT, 36-3612:1615-4L, 51-405:42CanisiusC, 49-474:496-0L, 53-492:50ColumbiaL, 35-3015:5310-2L, 45-3212:26

Close Calls: Loyola's 17-point win over Columbia was a bit of an anomaly this year. The Greyhounds' previous six wins had come by an average of just 6.2 points per game.

Opening Weekend: Loyola is now 9-9 all-time in its first MAAC games of the season after defeating Niagara on December 7. Since the MAAC went to the format of playing two games in a weekend to open conference play, in 1996-1997, the Greyhounds are 13-11 in those games. In Loyola's 18 years in the MAAC, it is 20-18 in its first two conference games of the season.

Frosh Floor General: Candice Walker has started all nine games at point guard and played the bulk of the minutes at the position. She is the first freshman to start regularly at point guard since the 1991-1992 season when Coleen Colsher took over the position. Colsher started 21 of 27 games that year and led the Greyhounds with 2.9 assists per game. She started 107 games in her career and finished her career as Loyola's all-time leader in assists with 416, although that record has since been broken (467 by Corey Hewitt, 1995-1999). This season, Walker is leading the Greyhounds with a 9.4 points per game scoring average and has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week three times.

Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan... Is in his third year at Loyola as a head coach... Including four years at Loyola as an undergraduate student (1992-1996) and four years as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team (1997-2001), Logan has been a fixture on the Evergreen campus for 11 years... He has a 45-27 (.625) career record after guiding the Greyhounds to 20-10 and 18-12 records in his first two seasons... He was named the Anaconda Sports Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2006-2007... His teams have made the MAAC Championships Semifinals both years, advancing to the Championship Game in 2006 and the Semifinals in 2007... During his short tenure as head coach, four of Logan's student-athletes have earned All-MAAC honors, and two have been named MAAC Sixth Player of the Year... Logan's teams are 23-7 (.767) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Jaspers: Manhattan is also looking to rebound from two-straight losses after the Jaspers fell at home to Vermont and Villanova. Caitlin Flood leads the Jaspers with 17.3 points per game, while Gabrielle Cottrell is averaging 12.6. Flood also paces the Jaspers with 6.3 rebounds a game. Kelly Regan has played in the last two games and is averaging 10.5 points per game.

Last Meeting: Meghan Wood and Vika Sholokhova each scored 16 points, as the Greyhounds defeated Manhattan, 61-45, on January 21, 2007, in Reitz Arena. Sholokhova scored six points during a 10-2 Loyola run in the first half that gave the Greyhounds a 10-point lead. The Jaspers cur the deficit to seven early in the second half, but Loyola responded with a 9-0 run to go up by double-digits the rest of the way.

Up Next: The Greyhounds have almost a week off before continuing MAAC play with a home game against Marist on Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m. Loyola then makes its first MAAC road trip of the season, playing at Rider on Sunday, January 13, at 1 p.m.