Fresh Off Road Win, Women's Basketball Returns to Reitz Friday Against Siena

Jan. 15, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for a 7 p.m. game against Siena on Friday, January 18, 2008. The game will be Loyola's sixth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season.

Series Notes: Friday's game will be the 41st all-time meeting between the Greyhounds and Saints. Siena holds a 23-17 lead in the series entering the game, but Loyola has won 10-of-18 games played in Baltimore. The Greyhounds have won three of the last four meetings, overall, and have not lost in their last three games against the Saints in Reitz Arena, dating back to the 2003-2004 season. Joe Logan has recorded three wins in four attempts against the Saints, while Siena Head Coach Gina Castelli is 20-16 against Loyola in 18 years with the Saints.

Foreign Attack: Loyola was led in scoring by two international players on Sunday at Rider. Vika Sholokhova (18) and Siobhan Prior (15) combined to score 33 points against the Broncs. They also recorded 11 rebounds and five assists.

Aggressiveness Pays Off: Vika Sholokhova was just 3-of-10 from the field, but her persistence in attacking the basket was rewarded against Rider. She went to the line a career-high 14 times, making 11 free throws, also a career-best.

Streak Snapping: Loyola snapped a four-game losing streak against Rider. The skid was the longest of Joe Logan's tenure at Loyola and the longest the program's had since the 2004-2005 season.

Prior's Points: Siobhan Prior scored a career-high 15 points at Rider and pulled down four boards, also a career-best. A 3-point shooter by trade, Prior made four 2-point baskets, the most she's had in one game in her career.

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

Wire-to-Wire: Loyola led the entire game on Sunday at Rider, the first time they have accomplished that feat this season. Loyola's 17-point second-half lead also matched its biggest advantage in a game this year (17 against Columbia).

The Turnover Battle: Loyola committed just 14 turnovers to Rider's 21 on Sunday. The Greyhounds have committed the same or fewer turnovers than their opponents in their eight wins. Conversely, Loyola is 0-7 when committing more turnovers than its opponent.

Sharing Is Good: Loyola recorded 31 assists in its last two games (16 against Marist, 15 at Rider), the highest two-game total the Greyhounds have had this season.

Sholokhova Stepping Up: Vika Sholokhova averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in two games last week after averaging 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over the previous nine contests.

Injury Update: Meghan Wood missed the Rider game with a sprained right knee, but she is expected to play Friday. Wood has started 43 of Loyola's last 45 games.

Making A Point: Candice Walker 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.

Career Numbers (Times 2): Tynisha Davis 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.

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

However: Rider outrebounded the Greyhounds, 43-26, when Loyola was without the services of its leading rebounder, Meghan Wood.

Road Woes: Loyola won just its second road game of the season, in seven tries, on Sunday at Rider. The Greyhounds are being outscored 65.3-54.7 away from Reitz Arena, while they are scoring just about five points more per game than their opponents at home.

Maybe It's The Rims: The Greyhounds have shot just .366 on the road, while its opponents are shooting .445 in their own gyms. In Reitz Arena, Loyola is shooting .391, while opponents are at a .364 clip.

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 eight 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, 45-3212:26RiderL, 30-2417:3313-2L, 43-2611:36

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 46-29 (.613) 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 Saints: Siena enters the game 5-10 overall, 1-4 in the MAAC, after losing at Manhattan (70-68) and Saint Peter's (58-54) last weekend. The Saints are being outscored by just 3.2 points per game this year, and six of their losses have come by 10 or fewer points. Laura Menty leads the MAAC with a 19.5 points per game average. Melissa Manzer and Shondaya Burrell are sixth and eighth in the league, respectively, with 14.9 and 14.2 points per game averages. Menty also tops the conference in field goal percentage (.562), and Liga Alpe-Luka is second in the MAAC with 4.7 assists per game.

Last Meeting: Vika Sholokhova and Tynisha Davis scored 16 and 15, respectively, as Loyola defeated Siena, 71-54, on January 14, 2007, in Loudonville, N.Y., to sweep the season series for just the second time ever. Shondaya Burrell scored 14 to lead Siena.

Up Next: Loyola hit the road for the first three-straight games on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at Fairfield. The Greyhounds follow that game with trips to Iona and Marist.