Jan. 23, 2008
Game Data: Loyola plays the second of three-straight road games on Friday, January 25, when it takes on Iona at 7:30 p.m. in the Hynes Athletic Center. The game will be broadcast live on loyolagreyhounds.com.
Series Notes: Friday's game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between Loyola and Iona with the Greyhounds holding a 29-12 advantage in the series. Loyola's 29 wins against the Gaels are the most versus any opponent. Iona, however, has won the last two games, including a 62-58 victory in last year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals. It was the first time since 2003 that Iona has won two in a row against the Greyhounds. The Gaels win on their home court last season was their first in the series since the 2003-2004 season, as well.
Solid Defense: Loyola held Fairfield without a field goal for over 10 minutes in the second half and cut a 16-point deficit to three. During that stretch, the Greyhounds held Fairfield to 0-of-9 from the field and forced six turnovers.
Stepping It Up: Siobhan Prior has taken over some of the scoring load in Loyola's last three games. Prior scored in double figures in each of the games, the first time in her collegiate career she has accomplished that feat.
More On Shevy: Since entering the starting lineup against Columbia on December 22, Siobhan Prior has averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, well above her career averages of 3.0 points and 0.8 rebounds. In fact, her 39 points over the last three games are just one fewer than she scored during her sophomore and freshman seasons. In addition to playing most of the minutes at the two-guard spot, Prior has seen time at the point and is third on the team with 21 assists this season.
Reducing Turnovers: After averaging 15.5 turnovers in its first 13 games of the year, Loyola has reduced that number to 13.0 over its last four games. The Greyhounds, however, are just 1-3 in those contests.
Career Day For Tolley: Meredith Tolley grabbed six rebounds and had four steals at Fairfield, setting career-highs in both categories. She also played 25 minutes in the game, the most of her career, and tid her previous bests with four field goals made, two assists and two blokced shots.
Carey On: Devon Carey played the final 13 minutes at Fairfield and helped direct the Greyhounds' near-comeback. She scored five points, making a driving lay-up and a 3-pointer and did not commit a turnover during her time on the court.
Without Woody: Loyola has played three games without Meghan Wood, and the Greyhounds have not been the same on the glass. In those games, Loyola's opponents are averaging 14.3 rebounds per game more than the Greyhounds.
Starting Five: Loyola used its seventh different starting lineup of the season against Siena and Fairfield.
Going Low: The Greyhounds' 41 points at Fairfield were their lowest point output since scoring 39 on February 21, 1997 against Saint Peter's.
More Low Notes: Fairfield's 48 points were the fewest by a Loyola opponent in victory since Marist defeated the Greyhounds, 49-40, on February 12, 2005.
The Turnover Battle: Loyola had 13 turnovers against Siena and forced 16 Saints miscues. In the next game, the Greyhounds coughe dup the ball 12 times to Fairfield's 17. It was the first two time this season that the Greyhounds lost when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents. They are now 8-2 when their opponents commit more turnovers in a game.
Going the Distance: Siobhan Prior played all 40 minutes against Fairfield, becoming the first Loyola player to not come out of a regulation game since March 4, 2006, when Jill Glessner went the distance in the MAAC Semifinals against Canisius. Meghan Wood played all 45 minutes of the November 25, 2006, overtime game against Towson.
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.
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 4-8 when scoring 59 or fewer points.
Wire-to-Wire: Loyola led the entire game 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.
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
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.
Road Woes: Loyola won just its second road game of the season, in seven tries, last Sunday at Rider. The Greyhounds are being outscored 63.1-53.0 away from Reitz Arena, while they are scoring just about five points more per game than their opponents at home.
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 46-31 (.597) 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 Gaels: Iona has lost two straight - against Marist and at Saint Peter's - after winning six in a row from December 21-January 12. Jessica Smith led the Gaels with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Saint Peter's, but 23 turnovers were too much for Iona to overcome. Tiara Headen is one of four Iona players averaging 10 or more points per game. She leads the way with 11.4 ppg, while Anna McLean is the team's top rebounder at 9.3 rpg.
Up Next: Loyola stays on the road for a Sunday, January 27, date at Marist. The game will be broadcast on MAAC TV/ESPN Full Court. The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a Thursday, January 31, game against Iona.