Jan. 14, 2009
at Rider Broncs
Game No. 16 Friday, January 16, 2009
Lawrenceville, N.J. Alumni Gymnasium
After a brief, two-game homestand, Loyola hits the road for the first of three road games when the Greyhounds take on Rider at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 16 in the Broncs' Alumni Gymnasium.
Friday's game will be the 33rd all-time meeting between Loyola and Rider. The Greyhounds hold a 25-7 lead in the series and won all three meetings between the teams last season and one earlier this year.
Loyola and Rider played in Baltimore on December 7, 2008, with the Greyhounds coming out on top, 86-78. The Greyhounds opened up a 13-point second half lead, but the Broncs trimmed it to just a point with under 10 minutes to play. Siobhan Prior reeled off five points in a row, however, to put Loyola back in command. Prior scored 21 in the game, the second-straight game she topped the 20-point mark, to lead Loyola.
Last Time Out
25th-ranked Marist went on a 25-3 first-half run to take a 29-8 lead with just over eight minutes to play before halftime. The Red Foxes went on to an 86-44 victory on Sunday in Reitz Arena.
No Loyola player scored in double-figures, while four Red Foxes had 12 or more points.
Meredith Tolley and Alex Berlin tied for the team lead with nine points. It was the first time in her career that Berlin led, or tied for the team lead in points. Tolley had a team-high seven rebounds.
Better Offensive Boards
Despite the loss, Loyola had its best numbers on the offensive glass against Marist. The Greyhounds recorded 12 offensive rebounds, a season-high.
Loyola also had 10 second chance points, its best total in that category of the year.
The Greyhounds also held Marist to just 11 offensive rebounds, two below its average, and six second-chance points.
Doubling Up For The Week
Meredith Tolley finished last week averaging a double-double. In the Saint Peter's and Marist games, the sophomore post player averaged an even 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.
She logged her second double-double of her career on Friday versus the Peahens with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Tolley then led Loyola with nine points and seven boards against the Red Foxes.
Berlin Off The Bench
Sophomore guard Alex Berlin has come off the bench in Loyola's last two games, scoring nine points against both Saint Peter's and Marist. She was 5-of-9 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the two games.
Sunday against Marist was the first time in Berlin's career that she's led, or tied for the team lead, in points scored.
Berlin also had a career-high three offensive rebounds in the game.
High Percentage Post
Melissa Bangay matched her career-high point total for the second game in a row, scoring eight against Marist after recording the same total versus the Peahens.
Bangay was a combined 7-of-8 from the field in the two games, and the 16-point total was the best two-game mark of her career.
This year, Bangay is shooting 68-percent (17-of-25) from the field and 83.3-percent (10-of-12) from the free-throw line.
3 For 200
Siobhan Prior needs three points to cross the 200-point mark for the season.
After seeing limited playing time in her first 2 1/2 seasons at Loyola, Prior has become a mainstay in the Greyhounds' lineup. She entered the starting lineup last year on December 22 and has been there ever since (more later).
Last season, Prior finished the year with 239 points, but she did not cross the 200-point mark until the final regular-season game, March 1, 2008, against Fairfield.
The Greyhounds' 36-31 rebounding advantage against Saint Peter's marked the first time since December 5 at Manhattan that Loyola has recorded more boards than its opponent.
Meredith Tolley and Siobhan Prior led the way with career-highs of 13 and six rebounds, respectively. Melissa Bangay matched her previous career-high with five boards.
Back On The Line
Loyola had season-highs of 24 free throws made in 30 trips to the free-throw line against Saint Peter's.
It was back to early season form when the Greyhounds were averaging almost 21 trips to the line in the first nine games.
Ashley Alexander and Alex Berlin each made 5-of-6 attempts, while Kaitlin Grant and Siobhan Prior both made 4-of-4.
Taking out a 15-of-20 performance in a win at UMBC, Loyola was just 11-of-17 from the free-throw line since prior to the La Salle game on Dec. 19, an average of 5.7 attempts in those three contests.
On Friday, Ashley Alexander made her first start since January 25, 2008, at Iona. She finished with nine points and made 5-of-6 from the line.
First Possession Woes
Through 15 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.
Get Well Wishes
Erica DiClemente had successful surgery on January 7, 2009, to repair a torn ACL in her left 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.
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.
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) against Manhattan and Rider was 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.
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 15 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 15 games this year, she has averaged 11.4 points and 31.8 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 36 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 59-46 (.562) 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 30-16 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.