Jan. 2, 2009
Loyola senior guard Siobhan Prior was featured in the New Year's Day edition of The Baltimore Examiner. Examiner Sportswrtier Dave Carey details Prior's goal of representing her native England at the 2012 Summer Olympics in her home country. Click here to read the story.
at Fairfield Stags
Game No. 13 Sunday, January 4, 2009
Fairfield, Conn.. Alumni Hall
Complete Game Notes in PDF Format
Loyola rings in 2009 with its first game of the year at Farifield on Sunday, January 4, 2009. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.
The game is the first 16-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchups for Loyola to close the regular-season. Loyola finished non-conference play with a 5-5 mark for the second year in a row.
Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 44th time in series history on Sunday.
The Stags hold a 28-15 advantage in the previous 43 games.
Last season, Fairfield swept Loyola in two regular-season meetings, taking a 48-41 decision in Connecticut on January 20, 2008, and then registered a 60-43 win in Reitz Arena on March 1.
Fairfield has won four-straight against Loyola, the longest winning streak against the Greyhounds by any MAAC opponent.
Last Time Out
Siobhan Prior hit a 3-pointer with just over seven minutes to play, cutting George Washington's lead to just four, but the Colonials closed the game on a 19-3 run.
Prior to its late run, Loyola held George Washington to under 28-percent shooting during the game's first 32-plus minutes.
Siobhan Prior finished with a team-high 12 points, and defensively she held the Colonials' leading scorer, Antelia Parrish to a season-low two points in 31 minutes.
Loyola had its lowest shooting percentage of the season at George Washington, making just 14-of-59 shots (.237).
District Of Low Scoring
The Greyhounds' first trip to the Nation's Capital since 2004-2005 also produced the Greyhounds' fewest points in a game since 2003-2004.
The 35 points were the least Loyola's recorded since scoring just 25 on December 14 against Delaware.
The 88 combined points were also the fewest since that game when the Greyhounds and Blue Hens totaled 79.
Stopping The Scorers
For the second time against two top opponents, Loyola did a solid defensive job against their leading scorer.
After holding Maryland All-American Kristi Toliver to two points on December 9, the Greyhounds limited George Washington's leading scorer, Antelia Parrish, to just a deuce in 31 minutes of action.
Crashing The Boards
Kaitlin Grant had a monster game on the glass at George Washington. She pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds against the Colonials to lead all players.
Grant has now led Loyola in rebounds in 10 of the last 11 games. Her 15 boards marked the fourth time this year, and the sixth of her career that she has topped 10 rebounds.
Top Of The Chart Threes
Loyola made 11 3-pointers on Sunday at UMBC, the most the Greyhounds have hit in a game since joining the MAAC in 1991-1992.
Siobhan Prior, Ashley Alexander and Meredith Tolley each hit three, while Candice Walker and Mallory Lawes had one each.
Loyola's starting post players - Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley - scored the Greyhounds' first 13 points of the game.
Tolley connected on her first five field-goal attempts, three from behind the 3-point arc, and had 13, while Grant scored nine.
Since returning from a hamstring injury on Dec. 1 against Mount St. Mary's, Ashley Alexander has played significant time in Loyola's rotation.
Her 22 points against UMBC raised her season total to 73 points, already more than she scored in any of her previous three seasons. Last year, she finished with 48 points in 19 games.
In Loyola's last five games, Alexander has scored in double figures four times and is second on the team with a 12.8 points per game average. She is shooting 48-percent from the field in 24.8 minutes per game.
Prior those five games, she had scored in double figures just three times in her career. Sunday at UMBC was the first time she has led Loyola in scoring.
Ashley Alexander recorded a career-high five steals against La Salle, topping her previous mark of three set at Maryland on Nov. 20, 2007.
Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley each had three assists against both La Salle and UMBC.
Grant is second on the team with 27 assists this season, topping her previous single-season total of 21 set last year.
Loyola's .604 shooting percentage at Manhattan was not only its best of the season, but it was the second-highest mark in school history.
Loyola shot .615 on January 19, 2007, at Niagara when it made 40-of-65 field goals.
The 32 field goals made were also the most by the Greyhounds since the game against Niagara.
The Greyhounds followed that performance with a .585 effort against Rider.
Loyola's combined 63-of-106 (.594) is the best two-game percentage in school history, bettering the 65-of-115 (.565) against Niagara and Manhattan in 2006-2007.
Siobhan Prior's 22 points against Manhattan eclipsed her previous best of 19 set January 25, 2008, at Iona.
She also made a career-best nine field goals and was 9-of-11 from the field.
Prior's .818 field goal percentage was the highest by a Loyola player since Brittany Dunn was 8-of-9 (.889), and Meghan Wood was 7-of-8 (.875), at Niagara on January 19, 2007.
She recorded her second-straight 20-plus point effort against Rider with 21.
Twenty Topped Twice
Prior's back-to-back 20-plus point games marked the first time a Loyola player has accomplished that feat since Katie Scherle scored 20 against Manhattan on February 3, 2005, and 20 versus Canisius two days later. Earlier that season, Jackie Valderas has 20 and 21 in consecutive games.
Kaitlin Grant has led the Greyhounds in rebounding during nine of the last 10 games.
Prior to that streak starting, she had led the team in rebounding just four times in her career.
The win over the Mount was the second game in a row where Loyola has trailed by 10 points only to come back to win.
The Mount led by 10 on two occasions (7:12 and 4:02, 2nd half), and Bucknell was up by the same amount (14:18 and 10:03, 2nd half).
Siobhan As A Starter
Siobhan Prior entered the starting lineup on December 22, 2007, and was in the opening five for the rest of the season, 21 games.
Including 11 games this year, she has averaged 11.6 points and 32.3 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 32 games.
Those Loyola comebacks were fueled by solid final 10 minute increments. In the last two games, the Greyhounds have held Bucknell and The Mount to a combined .280 field-goal percentage (7-of-25), and Loyola has forced 11 turnovers.
Loyola, in turn, made 44-percent of its shots (11-of-25) and committed just one turnover during that span.
Grant Grabs MAAC Award
Rebounds aren't the only thing Kaitlin Grant has grabbed recently. She also picked up the MAAC Player of the Week Award for November 23-30 after scoring 19 points and pulling down nine boards.
The award was the first of Grant's career and the first for a Loyola player since Vika Sholokhova earned the honor on February 12, 2007.
Kaitlin's Big Game(s)
Kaitlin Grant scored 13 in the first half against Harvard and finished with a career-high 21 points. Her previous best was 16 at Iona (1/25/08).
Against Bucknell, Grant scored 19 points, 13 in the first half. She scored six of the first half's final eight points, all during an 8-0 Loyola run to guide the team to a 26-20 halftime advantage.
She followed that performance with an 11-point, 13-rebound output against Mount Saint Mary's. Her 13 boards, 5 assists and 38 minutes were career-highs.
Berlin Breaks Out
After playing a career-high 23 minutes, and scoring a then-career-best six points at Army (11/23), Alex Berlin stepped up in an even bigger way against Bucknell.
The sophomore guard scored all 14 of her career-high point total in the second half against the Bison. She made 11-of-12 free throws in the victory.
Loyola made just four of its first 12 shots against Harvard and trailed 14-11 with 11:58 to go in the first half.
The Greyhounds went on a 26-12 run over the next 8:28 to lead 37-23 with 3:30 to play before halftime.
Loyola used two big runs to beat Bucknell. The Greyhounds went on an 8-0 run to close the first half ahead, 26-20, then used a 16-0 run to rally from 10 down in the second half.
In the come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Mary's Loyola went on a 9-0 run in the final 2:18 to close the game and overcome an 8-point deficit.
During the second half at Manhattan, Loyola scored 14 unanswered over a 5-plus minute stretch to extend its lead to 15 and take control of the game.
Taste of Italy
Loyola took a 10-day tour of Italy during August, playing four games against local teams. The Greyhounds went 3-1, defeating three Italian League teams and falling to the Swiss National Team. For more on the trip, visit the women's basketball page on loyolagreyhounds.com.
Caps And Gowns
With Tynisha Davis and Vika Sholokhova receiving their Loyola bachelors degrees - Meghan Wood earned hers in 2007 and was pursuing her masters last year - all 12 student-athletes who were seniors on Logan-coached teams have graduated.
Loyola women's basketball signed two players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period - Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland.
Sheahin is a guard from Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County, Md., and Sutherland is a post player from West Genesee High School near Syracuse.
Greyhounds In The Pros
Vika Sholokhova has moved her game across the Atlantic Ocean and is playing for Extrugasa Vilagarcia in the Spanish First Division.
2007 Graduate Jill Glessner is in her second season with the Nottingham Wildcats in the British Basketball League.
Through seven games this season, Glessner is averaging over 23 points per game for the Wildcats.
Head Coach Joe Logan
Joe Logan enters his fourth year as the head coach at his alma mater with a 58-44 (.569) overall record.
The Greyhounds December 19 game against La Salle was the 100th of his head-coaching career.
He recorded the 50th win of his career last season when Loyola defeated Siena in Loudonville, N.Y., on January 18.
Only Pat Coyle, now the coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty, reached that plateau in a shorter amount of time. The Loyola all-time wins leader picked up her 50th victory in the MAAC Quarterfinals against Siena on March 3, 1994, her 84th game as head coach.
Logan, who is 27-13 in games at Reitz Arena, has been a fixture on Loyola's campus for 12 of the last 16 seasons. He was an undergraduate at the college from 1992-1996, and spent the 1997-2001 seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to returning as head coach, he was an assistant at St. Joseph's from 2001-2005.