Jan. 18, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhound women's basketball team returns home for three straight games starting with Niagara on Friday night and Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. Loyola is 9-7 overall and 4-2 on the season and looks to extend its win streak over the Purple Eagles (10-7, 2-4 MAAC) and the Jaspers (4-13, 1-5 MAAC).
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Loyola continues to be led in scoring by Jill Glessner's 15.4 points per game. She also averages a team-high 2.8 assists per game and is third in rebounds at 5.7. She's followed in scoring by Vika Sholokhova and Brittany Dunn who are tied at 9.8 points per game. Sholokhova also leads the team in rebounds at 7.5 an outing while Dunn leads in steals with an average of two a game. She is second in assists with 2.6 an outing. Meghan Wood rounds out the top scorers with 9.3 points a game while pulling down a team-second 6.5 boards a game. The remaining Greyhounds range between 5.8 and 1.4 points a game.
SERIES RECORD VS. NIAGARA
Series Record: 25-11
Current Streak: Loyola +3
The series between Loyola and Niagara began during the 1989-90 season. Niagara won the first three meetings before the Greyhounds earned a 98-94 victory in Niagara Falls, N.Y. during the 1991-92 season. Loyola has won the last three straight games against the Purple Eagles including a sweep of the team last season. The Greyhounds won 62-58 on the road and 76-44 a home during the 05-06 season.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE EAGLES
Shaunna Ambrose leads the league and Niagara in scoring at 16.2 points a game. Ambrose leads the Purple Eagles is steals with 1.9 a game. She is followed in scoring by Jennifer McNamee at 9.8 points and Chantelle Wilson at 9.1 points per a game. Michelle Manfredi leads the team in rebounds at 9.1 a game and assists with an average of 3.1 while coming in fourth in scoring at 7.9 points. Sarah Wilson leads the squad and the conference in blocks with an average of 2.1 a game.
Niagara and Loyola did not face a single common opponent in their non-conference schedule. However, to date, the two teams have both faced Fairfield, Manhattan, Rider and Marist in conference play.
Opponent - Loyola - Niagara
Fairfield - L, 57-54 - L, 77-63
Manhattan - W, 66-56 - W, 70-51
Rider - W, 70-59 - W, 71-51
Marist - L, 60-50 - L, 65-52
SERIES RECORD VS. MANHATTAN
Series Record: 16-20
Current Streak: Loyola +5
Manhattan leads the series with Loyola 16-20. The Jaspers won the first seven meetings dating back to the 1989-90 season. The Hounds are 16-13 with Manhattan since the 1993-94 season when they earned their first win over the Jaspers, 61-55. That season Loyola went on to win the MAAC Tournament and appeared in its first ever NCAA Tournament. The Greyhounds have won the last five outings including a 66-56 win over the Jaspers just last week in Riverdale, N.Y.
SCOUTING THE JASPERS
Caitlin Flood leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points, in rebounds at 6.3 boards an outing and in steals with 1.5. Gabrielle Cottrell is second in scoring at 8.1 points an outing. Kelly Regan adds 7.8 points a game while Amanda LoCascio dishes out a team-high 2.3 assists per game. Leading returning scorers Joann Nwafili has been out for much of the season due to injury.
Besides their MAAC opponents, Loyola and Manhattan each face Columbia, Hartford, Villanova and Penn as a part of their non-conference schedules. The teams, to date, have only faced Siena and Marist as common opponents in the MAAC. Below is how each team fared versus those opponents.
Opponent - Loyola - Manhattan
Columbia - L, 75-69 - W, 65-51
Hartford - L, 58-56 - W, 61-57
Villanova - W, 61-54 - L, 62-46
Siena - W, 60-53 - W, 52-42
Marist - L, 60-50 - L, 70-30
Penn - W, 75-63 - L, 61-58