Jan. 7, 2009
Saint Peter's Peahens
Game No. 14 Friday, January 9, 2009
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first time since December 19, 2008, for an 11:30 a.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game against Saint Peter's.
The game is Loyola's only morning start time of the regular-season, an anomaly that was scheduled for the inaugural Field Trip Day (more in next note).
Loyola and Saint Peter's will each be playing their four MAAC game of the season.
Field Trip Fun!
Friday will be the inaugural Field Trip Day. Part of an NCAA and MAAC grant program to increase youth interest in collegiate women's basketball, hundreds of Baltimore-area elementary students will come to Loyola campus for a day of learning, fun and basketball.
Students will engage in learning about going to college, nutrition and fitness. Ten essay contests winners will also be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
Friday's game will be the 50th all-time meeting between the programs.
Loyola has faced the Peahens more than any other opponent in the 38-year history of Greyhounds Women's Basketball. Canisius is next on the list at 45.
Saint Peter's holds a 34-15 series lead.
The teams have been MAAC opponents since joining the conference together in 1990-1991. Prior to that, both were members of the ECAC Metro and Northeast Conferences.
Last Time Out
Fairfield scored the first 14 points of last Sunday's game, and Loyola could draw no closer than 12 from that point forward in a 71-50 loss at Alumni Hall.
The Greyhounds had seven missed shots and four turnovers in its first 11 possessions before scoring.
Kaitlin Grant led Loyola with 17 points, matching her career-highs with seven made field goals and four steals.
First Possession Woes
Through 13 games, Loyola has scored on its first possession of the game just three times this year - at Manhattan (Alex Berlin layup), against Maryland (Kaitlin Grant jumper) and La Salle (Meredith Tolley layup). To that end, Loyola has scored first in just five contests.
Kaitlin Grant was the only Loyola player to record a shooting percentage of higher than 50-percent at Fairfield.
She made 7-of-10 field goals, matching her career-high for field goals made.
Grant's team-high 17 points were the third most she's scored in a single-game during her time at Loyola.
Need To Revert
Prior to playing La Salle on December 19, Loyola was averaging 140-of-186 from the free throw line, taking an average of 20.7 shots from the charity stripe per game.
That game, however, marked a downturn in the Greyhounds getting to the line.
They were 1-of-1 against the Explorers, 2-of-4 at George Washington and 8-of-12 at Fairfield.
Taking out a 15-of-20 performance in a win at UMBC, and Loyola is just 11-of-17 from the free-throw line since prior to the La Salle game, an average of 5.7 attempts in those three contests.
Kaitlin Grant led Loyola with a career-high tying four steals at Fairfield on Sunday. She also tops the team with 21 steals this season.
Freshman Mallory Lawes saw the most playing time of her brief career thus far on Sunday at Fairfield.
She logged just over 22 minutes of action and finished with four points and an assist. During her time on the floor, Loyola scored over half its points and held Fairfield to just 34 of its 71.
Get Well Wishes
Erica DiClemente had successful surgery on January 7, 2009, to repair a torn ACL in her right knee suffered against Mount St. Mary's. DiClemente was the third-leading scorer (9.2 ppg) and rebounder (3.8 rpg) on the team at the time of her injury.
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 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.
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 seven games, Alexander scored in 10 or more four times and is third on the team with a 10.3 points per game average. She is shooting 44-percent from the field in 25.4 minutes per game.
Prior those seven games, she had scored in double figures just three times in her career. The UMBC game was the first time she has led Loyola in scoring.
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 10 of 13 games this season.
Prior to that streak starting, she had led the team in rebounding just four times.
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 13 games this year, she has averaged 11.6 points and 32.1 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 34 games.
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.
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 58-45 (.563) overall record.
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.