Women's Basketball Returns to Reitz Arena After Two Week Road Swing

Jan. 30, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first time in almost two weeks on Thursday, January 31, 2008, when it hosts Iona at 7 p.m. The game will be the second in seven days between the teams. The game is the last Thursday appearance of the regular-season by Loyola.

Series Notes: Thursday's game will be the 43rd all-time meeting between Loyola and Iona with the Greyhounds holding a 29-13 advantage in the series. Loyola's 29 wins against the Gaels are its most versus any opponent. Iona, however, has won the last three games, including a 62-58 victory in last year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals. Iona's three-game winning streak against the Greyhounds ties the longest stretch of wins by the Gaels in the series. Iona won the first three games played between the schools between 1988 and 1991.

Sixties Preservation Society: Prior to the Greyhounds' 73-68 loss to Iona, Loyola was 3-0 this season when scoring 60 or more points. The loss snapped a streak of 20-straight wins by the Greyhounds when they scored 60 or more points, dating back to a 75-73 overtime loss at Towson on November 25, 2006. Including a 3-1 record in such games this year, Loyola is 38-8 when they score 60 or more during Joe Logan's two-plus years at the College.

Saving Her Best: Freshman point guard Candice Walker has recorded two of her top scoring performances of her young career against Marist, the top team in the MAAC. She led Loyola with a career-high 17 against the Red Foxes last Sunday and scored 16 at home in the teams' first meeting.

The Turnover Battle: Loyola has won the turnover battle in each of its last four games, committing fewer opponents than Rider (21 for the Broncs, 14 by the Greyhounds), Siena (16-13), Fairfield (17-12), Iona (29-25) and Marist (9-8). However, Loyola is just 1-4 in those games. The four losses mark the first times this season that the Greyhounds have lost when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents.

More On Turnovers: The Greyhounds rank 25th in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has committed an average of just 15.1 turnovers per game this season.

Few Fouls: Loyola is also ranked highly in the fewest personal fouls per game. The Greyhounds have been whistled for an average of just 14.3 fouls per game.

Advantage Taken: Meredith Tolley made the most of her first collegiate start on Friday at Iona. She led the team with a career-high 36 minutes played while registering career-bests in points (13) and rebounds (12) for her first career double-double. She pulled down nine offensive boards, the most by a Loyola player this year.

Follow-Up Performance: Tolley scored in double-figures for the second game in a row against Marist, knocking down two 3-pointers on her way to 12 points.

`T' is for Defense: Against Iona, Loyola's defense was at its best when `T' (Tynisha Davis) was in the game. Davis, playing for the first time since January 13 at Rider after suffering from the flu, played 18 minutes and led all players with four steals. When she was in the game - aside from the final 1:22 when Iona made 6-of-6 free throws to seal the game - the Greyhounds outscored Iona by two and forced 13 Gaels turnovers. Davis also scored eight points and had three assists.

Surgery for Woody: Meghan Wood had successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee to repair the medial meniscus and remove a loose body from the knee on Wednesday, January 23. Loyola Team Orthopedic Physician Dr. John O'Donnell performed the surgery, and Wood is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. She is the team's leading scorer (9.4) and rebounder (6.6).

Explosive First Half: Siobhan Prior had the best half of her career in the first 20 minutes against Iona. The junior guard scored 17 points, tying for the most any Loyola player has scored in a half this season, before the break against the Gaels. She made 7-of-10 shots, including two 3-pointers. She finished the game with a career-high 19 points.

Starting Five: Loyola used its 9th starting lineup of the season versus Marist

Sticky Fingers: Loyola finished the Iona game with a season-high 13 steals. Tynisha Davis matched her career-high with four, while Kaitlin Grant had three, and Siobhan Prior added two.

General Grant: Kaitlin Grant was a big part of Loyola's second-half comeback against Iona. She went on a personal 8-0 run, scoring six on free throws, over a 1-minute, 32-second stretch late in the game to cut Iona's lead from 17 to nine. Grant finished with a career-high 16 points and added seven boards.

More On Shevy: Since entering the starting lineup against Columbia on December 22, Siobhan Prior has averaged 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, well above her career averages of 3.4 points and 0.9 rebounds. In fact, her 60 points over the last five games exceeded the amount of points she's scored in her first two seasons combined. Prior has led Loyola in scoring the last two of the last three games, and she is averaging 9.7 points per game against conference foes while shooting 41.4-percent from the field.

Good Numbers, Bad Results: The Greyhounds pulled down 15 offensive boards against Iona, but they managed to score only seven second-chance points. They had 17 rebounds on the offensive glass against Fairfield, but had only 16 points on second-chance opportunities

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

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.

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).

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 46-33 (.582) 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.

Up Next: Loyola hits the road again for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, February 3, in Jersey City, N.J., against Saint Peter's College. Loyola then travels to Manhattan on Friday, February 8, before returning to Reitz Arena on Sunday, February 10 to play Saint Peter's again.