Feb. 1, 2009
vs. Fairfield Stags
Game No. 21 Sunday, February 1, 2009
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena 2 p.m.
Loyola wraps up a three-game homestand on Sunday, February 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. when it hosts Fairfield in Reitz Arena.
Super Sunday Since 1991
The Greyhounds have played five times on Super Bowl Sunday since the 1990-1991 season, winning twice.
Last year, the Greyhounds lost 62-57 at Saint Peter's in a game that preceeded the New York Giants' victory over the New England Patriots.
Each year that Loyola has won on Super Bowl Sunday (2001, Baltimore; 1999, Denver), the AFC participant has won the NFL title. When the Greyhounds lose (2008, New York Giants; 1997, Green Bay; 1993, Dallas), the NFC team is victorious.
Loyola and Fairfield meet for the 45th time in series history on Sunday.
After defeating Loyola, 71-50, on January 4, 2009, Fairfield holds a 29-15 edge in the all-time series.
Faifrfield has won five in a row against the Greyhounds, dating back to the 2006-2007 season.
Last Time Out
Loyola led with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half, but Iona held the Greyhounds to 20 points after halftime and won, 58-55, on Friday night.
Ashley Alexander scored 18, and Kaitlin Grant had her fourth double-double of the year.
Ashley Alexander led Loyola in scoring for the second time this season - the first was at UMBC - on Friday night against Iona.
The senior guard scored 18 on 5-of-8 shooting and made all seven of her free-throw attempts, a career-high.
Alexander raised her per-game scoring average to 8.4 with the second-highest point total of her career.
Rebounding Against The Gaels
Alexander also pulled down nine rebounds against Iona. That total matched her career-high that she set just a week prior against the same team.
This season, she is averaging 9.0 boards per game against the Gaels, 2.5 against the other 15 teams she has played in 2008-2009.
The average temperature in Baltimore during January 2009 was 31.4 degrees, far below the 80-year average of 36 degrees.
Loyola was likewise cold during the month, going 1-7, while shooting .371 from the field.
Kaitlin Grant recorded her fourth double-double of the 2008-2009 season, fifth of her career, on Friday night against Iona.
Grant scored 12 while matching her career-high with 15 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass.
Iona grabbed eight of the first 10 rebounds on Friday night, but Loyola was strong from that point forward, finishing with a 45-43 advantage on the glass.
The Greyhounds matched their season-high with 12 offensive rebounds, and Kaitlin Grant had seven on the offensive glass, most by a Greyhound this year.
Iona did have 21 offensive rebounds, but Loyola held the Gaels to just six second-chance points in the game.
More Than Just Rebounds
Kaitlin Grant set another career-high on Friday night against Iona, dishing out six assists to lead Loyola in the game.
Grant is second on the team this season with 44 assists.
Since the calendar flipped to 2009, Meredith Tolley has been Loyola's most productive player. She leads the team in points (11.8), rebounds (7.6), 3-pointers made (11), and minutes played (35.6) over the course of the last eight games.
Tolley has scored in double-figures during six of those games and has pulled down six or more rebounds on seven occasions.
More Super Bowl Sunday Stuff
While the rooting interests of most Loyola players, coaches and staff lie with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles or New York Giants, some members of the team align themselves with the Steelers or Cardinals.
Athletic Trainer Steve Austin, Assistant Coach Tom Gizzi and Athletic Communications Director Ryan Eigenbrode are all Steelers fans, although at least one of them has strong ties to Arizona.
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 last 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.
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.
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.
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 19 starts this year, she has averaged 11.6 points and 32.0 minutes per game, tops on the team during her 39 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 59-51 (.536) 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.