Feb. 4, 2009
at Siena Saints
Game No. 22 Friday, February 6, 2009
Albany, N.Y. Alumni Recreation Center 7 p.m.
Loyola plays the first of a two-game road trip on Friday, February 6, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Recreation Center at Siena College in Albany, N.Y.
Entering the game, Loyola has played seven Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents at least once this season. The Greyhounds have yet to play Siena or Niagara, but they have faced four teams twice in 2008-2009.
Friday's meeting will be the 43rd all-time between Loyola and Siena.
Siena leads the all-time series, 24-18, with the Greyhounds, although the teams split a pair of games last season, each winning on the other's home court.
The Saints scored 10 of the final 12 points of the first half at Loyola last season to cut a 10-point Greyhounds lead to two. Siena then shot 52-percent from the field in the second half to take a 67-57 victory.
In Loudonville, Loyola rallied from six down with 4:30 to play to force overtime.
The Greyhounds then held the Saints to just four points in OT, as Siobhan Prior hit a go-ahead three, and Tynisha Davis scored four of her team-high 15 in the extra period.
Last Time Out
Loyola trailed Fairfield by two at the half, but the Stags held the Greyhounds to just four second-half field goals.
Kaitlin Grant finished with 15 points and was two rebounds shy of her second-straight double-double.
Back On The Boards
After setting a career-high with 15 rebounds on December 27, 2008, at George Washington and raising her 2008-2009 rebounding average to 9.2 per game, Kaitlin Grant averaged just 4.3 boards per game over Loyola's next six games.
During that stretch, her highest single-game total was just six, a number she met or exceeded in Loyola's first 12 games of the year.
Grant, however, has regained her rebounding stride and is averaging 10.7 in Loyola's last three games, including a career-high tying 15 last Friday against Iona.
Grant scored 17, at Fairfield, in the game following the December 27 affair at George Washington, but she then reached double-digits only once in Loyola's next five.
Like her rebounding, though, she is back in scoring form, averaging 12.7 in the Greyhounds' last three.
Slow Second Halves
After leading Iona by two at the half last Friday and trailing Fairfield by the same margin, the Greyhounds have experienced second-half shooting trouble.
Loyola is just 10-of-43 from the field after halftime (.233) in its last two games.
This season, the Greyhounds are shooting .415 during the first half and .381 in the second.
Getting To The Line
Over the Greyhounds' last six games, Ashley Alexander has been the team's most effective at getting to the free-throw line. She has visited the charity stripe 29 times (4.8 times per game) during that stretch, including a January 25 contest against Canisius when she did not go to the line at all.
Alexander also has converted once she gets to the line, making .862 of her shots (25-of-29) in those games.
Her recent proficiency in drawing fouls has made her eligible in the MAAC free-throw standings (minimum 2.0 attempted per game). Entering Friday's game, Alexander is third in the MAAC with an .854 free-throw percentage this year, making 41-of-48 attempts this year.
Law Of Averages?
A game after recording a season-high with 45 rebounds as a team against Iona last Friday night, Loyola had a season-low of 21 boards versus Fairfield.
The law of averages played out in the two games, as the mark of 33.0 per game was just 1.0 more than the Greyhounds' rebounding average this season.
Ashley Alexander led Loyola in scoring for the second time this season - the first was at UMBC - last 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.
Kaitlin Grant recorded her fourth double-double of the 2008-2009 season, fifth of her career, last 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.
Since the calendar flipped to 2009, Meredith Tolley has been Loyola's most productive player. She leads the team in points (10.8), rebounds (7.0), 3-pointers made (11), and minutes played (34.0) 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 seven times.
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.
This season she scored 22 against Rider (Dec. 7) and Canisius (Jan. 25), 21 at Manhattan (Dec. 5) and 20 at Iona (Jan. 23).
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.
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 on December 5, 2008, 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), both 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 Mount St. Mary's was the second in a row where Loyola 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 20 starts this year, she has averaged 11.5 points and 32.0 minutes per game, tops on the team during her 40 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.
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.
Glessner is averaging 24.6 points per game this season 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.