Jan. 29, 2009
vs. Iona Gaels
Game No. 20 Friday, January 30, 2009
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds take on Iona for the second time in a week on Friday, January 30, 2009, when the Gaels visit Reitz Arena at 7 p.m. Loyola and Iona squared off in New Rochelle, N.Y., last Friday. The game is the first of two home contests this weekend for Loyola.
Friday's game will be the 46th all-time meeting between Loyola and Iona. The Greyhounds have a 30-15 advantage in the series, although the Gaels have won the last six in the series, dating back to the 2007 MAAC Semifinals.
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
Siobhan Prior matched her career-high with 22 points, but a Loyola rally came up just short on Sunday against Canisius in a 64-58 loss.
Marie Warner and Amanda Cavo combined for 50 of the Golden Griffins' 64 points.
The Greyhounds led by seven in the first half and two early in the second half.
Canisius built a 10-point lead with just over 11 minutes to play, but Loyola cut it to four on two occasions. The Greyhounds, however, could draw no closer.
First Time In 11 Years
Siobhan Prior became the first Loyola player since the 1997-1998 season to record four 20-point games in the same season.
Mary Anne Kirsch had six contests with 20 or more that year.
Prior's 20-point games have come in a pair of back-to-back contests during the month of December and January.
More On Siobhan
Prior tied her career-high on Sunday with 22 points, matching the number she put up at Manhattan on December 5.
Her effort against Canisius came on the heels of a 20-point performance at Iona on January 23.
Prior also had 21 points earlier this year at home versus Rider on December 7.
Since the calendar flipped to 2009, Meredith Tolley has been Loyola's most productive player. She leads the team in points (12.0), rebounds (7.9), 3-pointers made (11), 3-point percentage (.407) and minutes played (35.0) over the course of the last five games.
Tolley has scored in double-figures during five of those games and has pulled down seven or more rebounds on six occasions.
In addition to scoring and rebounding from the post, Kaitlin Grant has done other things that show up in the box score.
She had three assists and three steals on Sunday against Iona and has led the Greyhounds in assists over each of the last two games.
This season, Grant leads the team in steals (35) and is second on the team in assists (38).
In the games last weekend against Iona and Canisius, Siobhan Prior passed the 500-point mark for her career. She now has scored 530 points, 490 coming in the last 1 1/2 seasons.
Through 19 games this year, Prior has scored 251 points, the most she's had in a single-season at Loyola.
At Their Best
Loyola was its most productive on Sunday against the Golden Griffins when its starting five - Grant, Tolley, Prior, Lawes and Alexander - were on the court. The Greyhounds outscored Canisius 24-19 over that 14-plus minute stretch.
First Half Fury
Siobhan Prior scored 18 of Loyola's 28 first-half points last Friday night at Iona, finishing with her third 20-point game of the season.
She was 7-of-13 the field in the first frame and 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc.
Over a five-minute stretch in the middle of the first half, Prior hit three consecutive 3-pointers.
Crashing The Boards
Ashley Alexander set a career-high with nine rebounds last Friday night at Iona.
She led the team in rebounding for the second time this season and third time in her career.
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.
Breaking The Trend
Rider bucked two trends set this year by Loyola's opponents. The Broncs 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 2-2 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.
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.
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 Feb. 3, 2005, and 20 versus Canisius two days later. Earlier that year, 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 started every game the rest of the year.
Including 18 starts this year, she has averaged 11.7 points and 31.9 minutes per game, tops on the team during her 38 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 59-50 (.541) 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.