Women's Basketball Plays First MAAC Road Game Sunday at Rider

Jan. 12, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola plays its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road game of the 2007-2008 season on Sunday, January 13, 2008, at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., at 1 p.m. The Greyhounds and Broncs women's basketball team play prior to a men's basketball between the schools at 3 p.m.

Series Notes: Sunday's game will be the 29th all-time meeting between Loyola and Rider. The Greyhounds have experienced the most success against the Broncs of any MAAC opponent with a 21-7 advantage in the series. The Greyhounds have won 8 of 12 meetings between the schools in Alumni Gymnasium. Loyola has won four straight meetings between the schools and eight of the last 10. Two of Rider's wins in the series came before the Broncs were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and one occurred in MAAC Championships play. The Greyhounds have never lost the second meeting of the season between the teams.

Making A Comeback: After scoring in double figures of three of Loyola's first four games, Vika Sholokhova had not scored more than nine points until January 11. She went off for 22 points, 17 in the first half, against Marist to tie her career high. She previously had scored 22 against Iona as a junior.

On The Boards, Too: Sholokhova also let all players with 11 rebounds against Marist, notching her third double-double of the season, the eighth of her career.

Few Free Throws: Loyola went to the line just seven times against Marist, marking the third time this season, and the second game in a row that they have taken less than 10 attempts from the line. The Red Foxes were whistled for just eight fouls in the game.

Making A Point: Candice Walker also turned in a career-high point performance, scoring 16 against the Red Foxes to tie her previous high output. She also dished out six assists and had four 3-pointers, both career-bests.

Sixties Preservation Society: Loyola has scored 60 or more points just three times this year, but they have won all three of those games. The Greyhounds are 4-7 when scoring 59 or fewer points.

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.

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 5.1 rebounds in Loyola's seven losses. She is shooting .463 from the field in those games and has gone to the free-throw line just 10 times.

Hitting The Boards: Loyola outrebounded Marist, 40-31, marking the third game in a row in which the Greyhounds have recorded more boards than their opponents. Unfortunately, they have lost all three of those contests.

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

Four-Game Skid: Loyola's four-game losing streak is its longest since the Greyhounds lost six in a row from January 28-February 12, 2005.

Almost Qualified: Tynisha Davis is shooting .471 (40-of-85) 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 .391, while opponents are at a .364 clip.

The Turnover Battle: Loyola committed more turnovers than Towson, Bucknell, Manhattan and Marist in those losses, making the Greyhounds 0-7 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 four conference games of the season, Loyola leads the MAAC with a +5.8 rebound margin in MAAC contests. The Greyhounds entered the week 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 45-29 (.608) 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 23-9 (.719) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Broncs: Rider is looking for its first win of the conference season after losing to Saint Peter's, 75-67, on Friday night. The Broncs closed out 2007 with a 45-42 victory over Princeton, but have lost three-straight since. Janele Henderson leads Rider with 14.9 points per game, while Shaunice Parker averages 9.6 points and 9.1 rebounds.

Last Meeting: Vanessa Ruffin made 7-of-9 shots and scored a career-high 17 points to pace the Greyhounds to a 74-55 win. Vika Sholokhova aded 14 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists. Shaunice Parker scored 15 and had 11 rebounds off the bench for Rider.

Up Next: Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Friday, January 18, for a 7 p.m. game against Siena before traveling to Fairfield for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, January 20.