Jan. 22, 2009
at Iona Gaels
Game No. 18 Friday, January 23, 2009
New Rochelle, N.Y. Hynes Center 7:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds play the final game of a three-game road swing on Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., when they take on Iona College at 7:30 p.m.
Friday's game will be the 45th all-time meeting between Loyola and Iona. The Greyhounds have a 30-14 advantage in the series, although the Gaels defeated Loyola twice during the regular-season and once in the MAAC Quarterfinals last year.
Loyola's 30 wins against Iona are the most the Greyhounds have against any opponent in the program's history.
Last season, Iona knocked Loyola out of the MAAC Championships with a 74-59 win over the Greyhounds in the MAAC Quarterfinals. The Gaels also defeated Loyola 73-68 at Iona and 90-68 in Baltimore.
Last Time Out
Saint Peter's took a 10-point lead less than 11 minutes into Sunday's game in Jersey City, and although Loyola cut it to three late in the first half, the Greyhounds could draw no closer in a 76-52 loss to the Peahens.
Three Greyhounds scored in double digits, led by 12 from Meredith Tolley. Siobhan Prior and Kaitlin Grant each added 10 points, and Tolley led the Greyhounds with five boards.
Meredith Tolley was Loyola's best offensive threat in two games last weekend against Rider and Saint Peter's. The sophomore post averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game in the two contests.
She scored a career-high 24 points at Rider, making 9-of-17 shots to lead all scorers.
Tolley topped her previous career-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.
The sophomore post made 4-of-7 threes, a career high in the made category. She also had a team-best nine rebounds.
Ashley Gets To The Line
Ashley Alexander averaged nine points per game in the two Garden State contests last weekend. She scored 10 at Rider and eight versus Saint Peter's, the majority of her points coming at the free-throw line.
Alexander set a career-high of six free-throws made and eight free-throws attempted at Rider. She then matched those numbers against the Peahens.
Going back to January 9 against Saint Peter's at Reitz Arena, Alexander has been to the free throw line 22 times, tops amongst the Greyhounds.
She also set a career-high with 38 minutes played at Saint Peter's.
Tolley Of Late
Meredith Tolley has led Loyola in scoring during each of its last three games.
Including a double-double on Jan. 9 against Saint Peter's, Tolley is averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during the Greyhounds' last four contests.
Her increased scoring has raised her points per game mark to 9.9, third-best on the team.
Loyola took just 33 field goals, just 14 in the first half, at Saint Peter's. The Greyhounds did, however, have 28 free throw attempts.
Princess Of Thieves
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.
Terrific Turnover Margin
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.
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 on Jan. 9.
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 17 games, Loyola has scored on its first possession of the game just four times this year - at Manhattan and Saint Peter's, 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 16 starts this year, she has averaged 11.2 points and 31.6 minutes per game, tops on the team during her 37 starts.
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 59-48 (.551) 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.