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Women's Basketball Continues Homestand Friday Versus Red Foxes

Jan. 8, 2008

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Game Data: The Greyhounds continue Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition on Friday, January 11, 2008, with a 7 p.m. contest against Marist. The game is the second for Loyola since the change of the calender year and its four in MAAC play.

Series Notes: Saturday's game will be the 31st meeting between Loyola and Marist with the Red Foxes holding an 18-12 advantage in the first 30. While Marist has won the last two MAAC tournament titles, the Greyhounds have experienced success against the Red Foxes at Reitz Arena, taking the last two meetings in the building. Loyola's 2006 win over Marist in Baltimore snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Red Foxes in the series. The teams have met 20 times during MAAC regular season play, twice in the MAAC Tournament and eight times as members of the ECAC Metro/Northeast Conference.

Career Numbers (Times 2): Tynisha Davis has recorded career-highs in back-to-back games for Loyola. After scoring 16 on 6-of-9 shooting at Bucknell, the senior guard scored 17 points against Manhattan. She also recorded career highs in field goals (7) and field goals attempted (15) against the Jaspers.

Streaking On Campus: The Greyhounds opened the 2007-2008 season with a 6-0 record at Reitz Arena, which is the fourth best home start in Loyola history. The win over Columbia gave the Greyhounds their best start at home in the school's Division I history.

Doubling Up: Meghan Wood recorded her third double-double of the season on Saturday against Manhattan with 10 points and 11 rebounds. It was the fifth double-double of her career, but it was the first time in those five games that Loyola has come out on the losing end. Wood recorded 10 or more points and boards earlier this year in wins over UMBC and Columbia and last year when the Greyhounds defeated Villanova and Manhattan.

Wood in Wins: Meghan Wood has been key for Loyola in its seven wins this year. She leads the team with 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in those games, while she is shooting .574 from the field and getting to the free-throw line an average of six times.

However: Slowing Wood has been key for Loyola's opponents in defeating the Greyhounds. She is averaging just 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in Loyola's six losses. She is shooting .444 from the field in those games and has gone to the free-throw line just 10 times.

Hitting The Boards: Loyola outrebounded Manhattan, 39-25, marking the second-straight game that the Greyhounds have recorded at least 13 more rebounds than their opponents. Loyola had 41 boards to Bucknell's 28 on December 31. Loyola is now averaging 3.6 rebounds per game more than its opponents.

Not Translating: The Greyhounds had 22 offensive rebounds versus the Jaspers, but they converted them to just 14 second-chance points.

Three-Game Skid: Loyola's three-game losing streak is its second of the season. The Greyhounds lost three in a row from November 14-25, 2007, before going on a five-game winning streak. Prior to that, Loyola had last lost three straight from November 17-25, 2006.

Almost Qualified: Tynisha Davis is shooting .474 (37-of-78) from the field this season, which would be sixth in the conference and tops amongst MAAC guards. Davis, however, is currently two field goals short of qualifying for the conference leaders. Players must average 3.0 or more field goals made per game to qualify in that category.

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 .389, while opponents are at a .363 clip.

The Turnover Battle: Loyola committed more turnovers Towson, Bucknell and Manhattan in those losses, making the Greyhounds 0-6 in games where they have more turnovers than their opponents.

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.

Conference Rebounding Success: Through the first three conference games of the season, Loyola leads the MAAC with a +4.7 rebound margin in MAAC contests. The Greyhounds are fifth in conference games with a 37.0 rebounds per game mark, but they are holding conference opponents to just 32.3 boards per contest.

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 14.7 points per game scoring average in MAAC games 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 45-28 (.616) 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 23-8 (.742) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Red Foxes: Marist, winners of the last two MAAC Championships, enters Friday's game on a three-game winning streak after beating Albany and Akron on the road and Fairfield at home. The Red Foxes have lost just twice this year, in the season-opener at Ohio State and against Hartford. Rachele Fitz leads Marist with 17.4 points per game, as the Red Foxes are outscoring their opponents, 67.7-54.9, this season. Nikki Flores and Meg Dahlman each average 9.8 points per game, and Julianne Viani posts an 8.0 points per game mark. Dahlman leads Marist with 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Last Meeting: Loyola snapped Marist's 14-game winning streak on February 16, 2007, with a 62-55 victory over the Red Foxes in Reitz Arena. Vika Sholokhova led all players with 11 rebounds, as the Greyhounds controlled a 35-26 advantage on the boards. Marist went on an 8-0 run to erase a six-point halftime lead by the Greyhounds and tie the game at 36-36 with under 15 minutes to play. Sholokhova hit one of her three 3-pointers, however, to put Loyola up for good. Jill Glessner, Kaitlin Grant and Ebony Toliver each made two free throws in the final minute to ice the victory. Sholokhova led all players with 21 points, while Julianne Viani scored 14 for Marist.

Up Next: The Greyhounds play their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game of the 2007-2008 season on Sunday, January 13, 2008, when they travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., to face Rider at 1 p.m. The game precedes a men's basketball game between the Greyhounds and Broncs at 4 p.m.