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Women's Basketabll Starts 3-Game Road Swing with Sunday Date at Fairfield

Jan. 19, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola hits the road for the first of three games on Sunday, January 20, 2008, when the Greyhounds play at Fairfield at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on loyolagreyhounds.com.

Series Notes: Sunday's game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between Loyola and Fairfield with the Stags holding a 26-15 advantage in the all-time series. Fairfield swept the season series last year and have won 14 of the last 17 games between the two schools. The Greyhounds, however, posted two of their biggest wins in school history against Fairfield. Loyola defeated Fairfield in the 1994 and 1995 MAAC Championship Games to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

International Flair: At several times during Loyola's game against Siena, the Greyhounds had more foreign-born players on the field than those from the United States. Siobhan Prior (England) played a career-high 37 minutes; Vika Sholokhova (Russia) saw a season-high 35 minutes; and Melissa Bangay (Canada) played a career-high tying eight minutes.

Doubling Up: Vika Sholokhova recorded the 9th double-double of her Loyola career on Friday night against the Saints with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She has four double-doubles this year.

Starting Five: Loyola used its seventh different starting lineup against Siena.

Injury Bug: Meghan Wood missed her second-straight game with a sprained right knee, and Tynisha Davis was out with the flu. Both are questionable for the game against Fairfield.

Tale of Two Halves: Loyola scored 33 points in the first half, the most it has recorded before the break in a game this year, but the Greyhounds then shot just 25-percent from the field and scored only 24 points after halftime. Both of those numbers were season lows.

A Good Sign: Erica DiClemente scored in double figures during Loyola's first five games, but had recorded five or more points just once since then (Columbia, 12/22). She returned to the starting lineup and scored 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field against Siena.

The Turnover Battle: Loyola had 13 turnovers against Siena and forced 16 Saints miscues. It was the first time this season that the Greyhounds lost when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents. They are now 8-1 when their opponents commit more turnovers in a game.

Opponent Output: Siena's Laura Menty scored 28 points against Loyola, the most an opponent has had in a single game since 2004.

Foreign Attack: Loyola was led in scoring by two international players last 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 has gone just 8-of-26 from the field in her last two games, but the senior from St. Petersburg, Russia, has made 18-of-25 free throws to average 17.5 points against Rider and Siena.

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 last 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).

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

Sholokhova Stepping Up: Vika Sholokhova averaged 19 points and 10.3 rebounds in Loyola's last three games after averaging 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over the previous nine contests.

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.

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, and Siena controlled a 41-32 advantage on the boards, 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, last 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.

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 46-30 (.605) 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 23-10 (.697) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Stags: Fairfield won its second conference game of the season on Friday night when it defeated Rider, 59-43. Sabra Wrice leads the Stags with a 17.1 points per game mark, while Baendu Lowenthal puts in 15.2 ppg. Stephanie Geehan averages 8.5 rebounds per game, while Megan Caskin averages 4.5 assists.

Up Next: Loyola stays on the road for two more games before returning to Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds play at Iona on January 25 and Marist on January 27. They then return home to face Iona again on January 31.