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Women's Hoops Hosts Fairfield on Alumni Day

Jan. 27, 2010

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Up Next: Fairfield and Saint Peter's

Fairfield Stags (9-10 overall, 3-5 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (9-10 overall, 4-4 MAAC)
When: Saturday, January 30
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Saint Peter's Peahens (7-12 overall, 3-5 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (9-10 overall, 4-4 MAAC)
When: Monday, February 1
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 7 p.m.

Starting Off
The `Hounds begin a two-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home stand Saturday afternoon with Fairfield, on Alumni Day. Alumni Weekend festivities kick off prior to the game against the Stags with the women's alumnae game at 10:30 a.m. During halftime in the game against the Stags, the 1994-1995 MAAC Championship team will be honored. Among the honorees will be the former Susan Bryce, who is now married to head coach Joe Logan.

Last Time Out
Last weekend proved to be a tough one for the `Hounds, as they went 0-2 to Siena and Marist on the road. Loyola was held to a season-low 33 points Friday night against the Saints, but recovered with a strong showing against Marist on Sunday afternoon in Poughkeepsie. Loyola played the Red Foxes close throughout much of the game until Marist pulled ahead by 14 points with just a little over three minutes left in the game. But Miriam McKenzie and Erica DiClemente combined for 16 points to help erase the deficit and lead a late charge. But McKenzie's attempt for a tie nicked the basket, and the comeback was stopped just three points short.

The Stags: Take Two
Since their hot open to the season, the Stags have cooled off considerably, falling from second to sixth place in MAAC standings. After a controversial last-second 60-57 win over Loyola, Fairfield hit a four-game skid and has now lost five of the last six. After putting up 15, 20 rebounds and four blocks against Loyola, senior forward Stephanie Geehan scored just 11 points over the Stags' next three games, but has picked back up as of late. Geehan was named MAAC Player of the Week Monday, after averaging a double-double and six blocks per game against Rider and Manhattan last weekend. Geehan, who leads the MAAC in rebounds per game and total blocks, has been a large part of why Fairfield is one of the top defensive teams in the MAAC. Guards Desiree Pina and Katelyn Linney supply the offense in addition to Geehan.

The Series
This will be the 47th meeting between the two teams. Fairfield has now won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series 31-15. Loyola fell 60-57 earlier this month at Fairfield's Alumni Hall.

The Peahens: Take Two
The Peahens snapped a four-game losing streak that began Jan. 10 with a loss to Loyola at home, with a 66-59 win over Canisius, Sunday at the Yanitelli Center. Saint Peter's controlled the game throughout, and managed to hold off a run by the Griffs in the second half. Alena Ali came off the bench to score 17 points and Natasha Morris and Jynae Judson added 14 and 13 each. Morris and Judson continue to lead the Peahens in scoring while Ali has been strong off the bench, averaging 9.5 points per game. Against Loyola, Judson hit 10 of 20 from the field and scored 21 points to lead the Peahens.

The Series
In 52 meetings, Saint Peter's leads the all-time series 35-17. Loyola won the last game against the Peahens, 69-59 in Jersey City earlier this month. It was just the third win in program history at the Yanitelli Center.

McKenzie makes it Happen
Miriam McKenzie has scored 20 or more points nine times this season and has twice had 19 points. The sophomore guard out of Columbia, Md., also leads the `Hounds with six double-doubles. So far this season, McKenzie has been named MAAC Player of the Week once and to the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight's honor roll twice. In MAAC play, McKenzie's 17.8 points per game is second in the conference and her overall average of 17.1 points per game is second in the MAAC.

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 5.1 rebounds per game but just 8.1 points in Loyola's losses. Miriam McKenzie is the only player averaging double-digit points in both wins and losses. However, the redshirt junior guard leads the Greyhounds in minutes played with 641 (33.7 per game) and played 40 minutes in three games this season.

Comeback Kids
Loyola has overcome double-digit deficits of 18, 14 and 13 points this season, but won only one of those games. Early in the season, the `Hounds overcame an 18-point halftime deficit at Mount Saint Mary's, and went on to record a dramatic last-minute 48-45 victory. The `Hounds overcame a 13-point lead by Canisius at home on Jan. 18, and at Marist the following weekend, Loyola managed a 16-point rally in a span of just two minutes but fell short by three points in the final seconds of play.

Winning Ways
Loyola's loss to Canisius on Jan. 18, snapped a three game winning streak that saw the `Hounds averaging 69 points per game and winning by an average margin of 13.7 points per game.

History Didn't Repeat Itself
There have been just three Loyola wins at Saint Peter's Yanitelli Center in program history, with the most recent being a 69-59 victory Jan. 10. It was the first time in three seasons and the second win in Jersey City since 1994.

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.

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.

Glessner Scores for Gimle
Former Greyhound Jill Glessner recently finished out 2009 as the top scorer in the Norwegian Kvinnligaen league. Glessner, a guard out of Mechanicsville, Pa., who played at Loyola from 2003-2007, averaged 22.1 points per game and helped lead her team, Gimle, to a first-place, 7-1 record. Last year, Glessner led the English Basketball League in scoring and was named Import Player of the Year.

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Loyola fell to 2-2 in Jesuit Basketball Spotlight play after Monday afternoon's loss to Canisius. Another Loyola, Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, is at the top of the JBS standings at 4-0.

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.

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.