Feb. 2, 2008
Game Data: Loyola plays its fifth road contest in its last seven games on Sunday, February 3, 2008, when the Greyhounds travel to Jersey City, N.J., to face Saint Peter's College at 1 p.m.
Series Notes: The Greyhounds and Peahens will play for the 48th time in series history when they meet in the Yanitelli Center on Sunday. Saint Peter's holds a 31-14 series lead and a particularly strong advantage in Jersey City. After last seasons' 74-53 win on February 25, 2007, Loyola has won just twice in 18 meetings on the Peahens' campus. Saint Peter's also leads 5-2 in neutral site meetings, while the teams are tied 10-10 in games played in Baltimore. Last year's season-series sweep by Loyola was just the second all-time (1994) by the Greyhounds. Loyola has won three in-a-row just one time in the series, taking all three matchups during the 1994 season, including the MAAC Semifinals game in Albany.
Tolley Tops Team: Meredith Tolley led the Greyhounds in scoring for the first time in her collegiate career on Thursday night versus Iona. She scored 15 to notch her third double-figure scoring game, all in her first three collegiate starts.
Senior Stats: Loyola's two seniors who played against the Gaels - Meghan Wood did not due to injury - were right behind Tolley in the scoring column. Vika Sholokhova and Tynisha Davis each scored 14. Sholokhova added a game-high 10 rebounds, and Davis notched a career-best seven rebounds and tied her career-high with four steals.
More on Meredith: In addition to her 15 points, Meredith Tolley played a team-high and career-most 37 minutes against Iona. She made 6-of-10 field goals and all five of her 2-point attempts.
On The Dime: Candice Walker led all players with a career-high tying six assists against the Gaels.
Doubling Up, But...: Vika Sholokhova recorded her fifh double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) against Iona, but the Greyhounds dropped to 1-4 those games that Sholokhova's recorded 10 or more points and rebounds. The only win came on opening night against Drexel. Conversely, Loyola was 5-0 in 2006-2007 when Sholokhova went for double-double numbers.
Too Many Turns: Loyola registered its best first-half shooting percentage of the season Thursday night against the Gaels, going 13-of-25 from the floor (52-percent). The Greyhounds, however, trailed 48-34 at the break due to 14 turnovers.
After The Break: Loyola committed only six turnovers in the second half, but also shot just 38.7-percent from the field (12-of-31) after halftime.
Cold January: The Greyhounds finished the first month of 2008 with a 1-7 record, 0-4 at home. It was a turnaround from going 5-2, 4-0 at home, in December.
Sixties Preservation Society: Prior to the Greyhounds' 73-68 and 90-68 losses to Iona this season, Loyola was 3-1 this season when scoring 60 or more points. The loss in New Rochelle 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 3-2 record in such games this year, Loyola is 38-9 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 five of its last six games, committing fewer opponents than Rider (21 for the Broncs, 14 by the Greyhounds), Siena (16-13), Fairfield (17-12), at Iona (29-25) and Marist (9-8). However, Loyola is just 1-4 in those games. The five losses mark the first times this season that the Greyhounds have lost when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents.
Advantage Taken: Meredith Tolley made the most of her first collegiate start on January 25 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.
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 at 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 at Marist and against Iona. Candice Walker is the only player to start all 20 games. Meghan Wood has started all 14 in which she's played prior to injuring her knee.
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
General Grant: Kaitlin Grant was a big part of Loyola's second-half comeback at 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.
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.
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 46-34 (.575) 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 23-11 (.676) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.
Up Next: Loyola plays another road game - Friday, February 8, 4:30 p.m., at Manhattan - prior to returning to Reitz Arena on Sunday, February 10 for Women In Sports Day at 12 Noon against Saint Peter's.