Jan. 17, 2009
at Saint Peter's Peahens
Game No. 17 Sunday, January 17, 2009
Jersey City, N.J. Yanitelli Center 7 p.m.
Loyola plays the second of a three-game road swing on Sunday, January 17, 2009, in the Yanitelli Center against Saint Peter's at 2 p.m. The Greyhounds are 4-4 on the road this season and 0-1 in the State of New Jersey.
Sunday's game will be the 51st all-time meeting between the programs, as Saint Peter's is the opponent Loyola has faced the most times in its 38-year history of women's basketball on the Evergreen Campus.
Saint Peter's holds a 34-16 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.
The teams will square off for the second time in just nine days after Loyola defeated the Peahens, 68-50, in Reitz Arena on Friday, January 9, 2009.
Last Time Out
Rider took a 13-point first-half lead, but Loyola battled back to trail by just six at the break.
The Broncs extended their advantage to 14 in the second before an Ashley Alexander trimmed it to two with just under six minutes left.
Rider, however, scored the next six points and went on to a 62-47 victory in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Meredith Tolley scored a career-high 24 points (more later) and led Loyola with nine rebounds.
Ashley Alexander added 10, going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Tolley Totals Twenty-Four
Meredith Tolley was easily Loyola's best offensive weapon on Friday night against Rider. She scored a career-high 24 points, making 9-of-17 shots to lead all scorers.
Tolley topped her previous careeer-high of 20, set February 22, 2008, at Niagara.
Her previous season-high in 2008-2009 was 13, and she has now scored in double-figures during eight of Loyola's 16 games. It was the second game in a row that Tolley has led Loyola in scoring.
The sophomore post made 4-of-7 threes, a career high in the made category. She also had a team-best nine rebounds.
Princess Of Theives
Kaitlin Grant recorded eight steals against at Rider, tying an 18-year old school record for steals in a game by a Greyhounds player.
Grant matched the mark of eight set by Kiah Stokes at William & Mary on December 28, 1990. Grant's eight were the most steals ever by a Loyola player in a MAAC contest.
Over the last three games, dating to January 9 against Saint Peter's, Ashley Alexander has been Loyola's best player at attacking the basket.
The senior guard has been to the free-throw line 14 times during those games, including a career-high eight times on Friday night at Rider.
Alexander was 6-of-8 from the line against the Broncs and finished with 10 points.
Ashley Alexander set a career-high with 37 minutes played at Rider, and Meredith Tolley was a few seconds off from a lifetime best in that category, playing 38 minutes versus the Broncs.
Terrific Turnover Margain
Despite the loss, Loyola had a 2:1 turnover margin against Rider. the Greyhounds lost the ball just 13 times, their third-lowest total this season.
Rider, conversely, coughed up the ball 26 times, the most a Loyola player has turned it over this season.
Loyola, however, had just 21 points off turnovers in the game.
Breaking The Trend
The Broncs bucked two trends set this year by Loyola's opponents. Rider was the first team this year to scored in the 60s and beat the Greyhounds, and it was also the first opponent to had fewer free throws in a victory.
Loyola is now 7-1 this year when attempting more free throws, and 2-1 when opponents score between 60-69 points.
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.
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.
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.
First Possession Woes
Through 16 games, Loyola has scored on its first possession of the game just three times this year - at Manhattan, against Maryland and La Salle. 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 1990-1991.
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.
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 24 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 59-47 (.557) overall record.
He recorded the 50th win of his career last season when Loyola defeated Siena in Loudonville, N.Y., on January 18, 2008.
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.