Feb. 3, 2010
Up Next: Canisius and NiagaraCanisius Golden Griffins (9-12 overall, 4-6 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (9-11 overall, 4-6 MAAC)
When: Saturday, February 6Where: Koessler Athletic Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)Time: 4 p.m.
Niagara Purple Eagles (8-13 overall, 5-5 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds 9-11 overall, 4-6 MAAC)
When: Monday, February 8Where: Gallagher Center (Niagara University, N.Y.)Time: 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds will play two of their final four regular season road games this weekend when they travel up to Western New York for a two-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference swing against Canisius and Niagara.
Last Time Out
The last three games have been somewhat similar, with the Greyhounds falling behind late in the first half, coming back to tie with a big second-half run before being edged by just a handful of points. Monday afternoon against Saint Peter's Loyola tied the game twice in late minutes, and were just one point back from the Peahens for most of the last three minutes, but tough officiating calls and accurate free throw shooting by the Peahens was too much for the `Hounds to overcome with just seconds left on the clock, and Loyola fell 57-53.
Miriam McKenzie netted a game-high 19 points and led the `Hounds on the boards with eight rebounds. In her first start of the season, freshman guard Katie Sheahin scored 13 points and grabbed six boards. McKenzie and Sheahin combined for eight of Loyola's 11 steals.
The Griffins: Take Two
Canisius has kept the scores low since defeating Loyola 73-67 back on Jan. 18. After Loyola, the Griffs then fell to a board-crashing Saint Peter's squad, 66-59, lost to Marist, 54-45, and then got back on track with 51-41 win Sunday, against Siena. Until Niagara's Sunday upset-win over Marist, Canisius and Loyola had come the closest to knocking off the conference's top team. Friday night in Buffalo, the Griffs jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held the Red Foxes to just 14 points in the first half. The two battled through the second half until Marist scored six straight in the final three minutes to seal the victory.
Last Time Against the Griffs
The last game between Loyola and Canisius came down to the final minute when Brianna Lucas hit a decisive three-pointer with 33 seconds left to play. Lucas' three took a two-point lead for the Griffins and ended a fierce Greyhound rally that had overcome a 13-point deficit.
Radke dominated down low for the Griffs, leading Canisius with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brittane Russell scored 16 and had five assists and three steals.
This will be the 49th meeting between the two opponents. Canisius leads the all-time series 25-22 and has now won four in a row after the Jan. 18, contest at Reitz Arena.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Saturday's game against Canisius will be a Jesuit Basketball Spotlight game. Loyola is currently 2-3 in JBS games.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's 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.
McKenzie makes it Happen
Miriam McKenzie has scored 20 or more points nine times this season and has had 19 points three times. 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 17.4 points per MAAC game leads 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 8.2 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 711 (33.9 per game) and has played a career- and team-high 40 minutes in three games this season.
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 Canisius lead 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loyola is once again participating in the Pink Zone Initiative in order to help gain awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Breast Cancer Fund. Buy your Pink Zone raffle tickets at the Loyola University box office.