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Home Swing Continues With Canisius Monday Afternoon

Jan. 17, 2010

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Up Next: Canisius and Siena

Canisius Golden Griffins (7-9 overall, 2-3 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (9-7 overall, 4-1 MAAC)
When: Monday, January 18
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Siena Saints (5-9 overall, 3-2 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (9-7 overall, 4-1 MAAC)
When: Friday, January 22
Where: Alumni Recreation Center (Loudonville, N.Y.)
Time: 7 p.m.

Starting Off
The Greyhounds continued to dominate at home Friday afternoon, starting off ESPNU's Loyola doubleheader with a 74-57 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over Manhattan at Reitz Arena. Miriam McKenzie recorded her sixth double-double of the season, matching her career-best 11 rebounds and putting up 19 points to lead the `Hounds. Erica DiClemente finished with 13 points and Kaitlin Grant netted 11. Loyola grabbed an early lead and never looked back, as the Jaspers trailed from start to finish.

Winning Ways
Loyola is currently riding a three-game winnings streak and has won five of the last six games. During the winning streak, the Greyhounds have averaged 69 points per game and have defeated opponents by an average margin of 13.7 points. Opponents have been held to a .375 clip from the field and just a .111 mark from beyond the arc (3-27).

Scouting the Griffins
Canisius' roster boasts one of the top players in the MAAC, last year's Defender of the Year Brittane Russell. Russell leads the Griffins in scoring, averaging 13 points per game, assists (68), steals (48) and is second behind Ellie Radke in rebounds, averaging 5.1 per game. Radke is second to Russell in scoring, putting in 10.3 points per game. The Griffins have had several close games this season and have twice pushed games into double overtime. Currently 1-1 in overtime this season, Canisius recently pulled out a double overtime victory over Manhattan 69-55. The Griffins have now won two in a row after a 78-48 win on the road at Rider.

McKenzie makes it Happen
Miriam McKenzie has scored 20 or more points seven times this season and has recorded seven double-doubles. The sophomore guard out of Columbia, Md., was recently named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the week and to the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight's Honor Roll after averaging 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists over three games from Dec. 28-Jan. 3. McKenzie helped Loyola get off to a 1-0 start in the conference and in the New Year with 20 points a career-high seven assists in the MAAC-opener at Iona. In the first game of the season, McKenzie nearly doubled her previous career-high of 11 points with 23 at La Salle. She nearly bested that performance two days later with 21 points and 11 rebounds in Loyola's home-opener win over Army.

DiClemente goes the Distance
Erica DiClemente has played a big role in Loyola's wins. In the `Hounds nine wins, DiClemente has averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game but just 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in Loyola's losses. Miriam McKenzie and Kaitlin Grant are the only players to average double-digits in both wins and losses. However, the redshirt junior guard leads the Greyhounds in minutes played with 540 (33.8 per game) and played 40 minutes in three games this season.

Snapping the Streak
Loyola's win over Iona snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Gaels. The streak was the longest losing streak against any MAAC Opponent and was the first win over Iona since January 25, 2007.

Going Postal
The Greyhounds are 3-2 in games featuring dominant post players this season. Loyola opened the season with stellar defending of La Salle's Morgan Robertson and Army's Erin Anthony, limiting the two to little more than free throws. Against Iona in conference play, the `Hounds weren't able to limit Anna McLean's rebounding but were able to limit her scoring. Loyola's own post player, senior Kaitlin Grant, is currently 13th in the conference in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game, and her 7.5 rebounds per game are fifth in the MAAC. Grant also leads the MAAC in steals per game (3.4) while backup post player Alyssa Sutherland is 10th, averaging 1.7.

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Loyola is now 12-1 in Jesuit Basketball Spotlight games after defeating Saint Peter's. Miriam McKenzie was named to the JBS Honor Roll for the second time this season after averaging 16 points, eight rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game over three games last week.

The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet.edu.

Stolen Goods
Senior forward Kaitlin Grant's 12 steals against the Mount was the most steals in a Division I women's basketball game since Georgia Tech's Jillian Ingram recorded an identical number Feb. 29, 2008. The senior forward tied for 16th on the NCAA DI single-game list. Just seven players have recorded 13 steals and eight have recorded 14. Grant now holds the all-time school record for a single game. The previous women's record was eight, which she matched last season, while the men's record was 10.

Sutherland Steals the Show
In action off the bench, freshman forward Alyssa Sutherland has managed 27 takeaways, the second-most on the team behind Kaitlin Grant's 49 and nearly 10 more than the next highest total. Sutherland started the season off with four against Army in Loyola's home-opener, keying a second-half surge for the Greyhounds, and matched that high recently against Drexel, in Villanova's Wildcat Holiday Classic. Sutherland has excelled in transition and given Loyola an energetic defensive presence off the bench.

Grant Gets Preseason Nod
Kaitlin Grant was named preseason all-conference at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day in New York, N.Y., last week. Grant was nominated to the conference's third team. Grant has played in all of Loyola's 90 games over the past three seasons and was last year's team MVP. The senior forward averaged 11.2 points per game and led Loyola with 8.1 rebounds per game and 55 steals and was second on the team with 97 assists. One of the MAAC's top rebounders last season, Grant had seven double-doubles and her team-high 48.6 percent field-goal clip was fourth in the MAAC.

Lucky No. 7
The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the coaches' poll during last months' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day, in New York, N.Y. Loyola received a total of 49 points in the poll. With 100 points, four-time defending champion Marist was unanimously picked as the conference's champs for the upcoming season and the Red Foxes' Rachele Fitz was touted as the preseason Player of the Year choice. Fitz has taken top honors in the MAAC the past two seasons and was named Rookie of the Year after her freshman season. Iona received 90 points and was the unanimous second place pick.

Think Pink
Loyola is once again participating in the Pink Zone Initiative in order to help gain awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Breast Cancer Fund. Buy your Pink Zone raffle tickets at the Loyola University box office.