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Women's Basketball Faces Manhattan on Friday

Feb. 5, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola continues its road swing when it plays its seventh game in its last nine away from Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds travel to Riverdale, N.Y., to face Manhattan on Friday, February 8, at 4:30 p.m.

Series Notes: Manhattan's 68-59 victory over the Greyhounds on January 5, 2008, gave the Jaspers a 21-17 lead all-time in the series between the schools. Loyola has experienced even less success at Draddy Gymnasium, winning just six times in 18 appearances at the venue. Prior to the Jaspers' victory against Loyola earlier this season, the Greyhounds had won six-straight against Manhattan. The Jaspers have only two victories in the last 10 meetings between the schools. The loss on January 5 was the first by Loyola in five meetings between the teams in Joe Logan's two-plus seasons at the College.

Rebounding Again: Loyola finished with 33 rebounds against Saint Peter's on Sunday, two more than the Peahens, making the first time in the last seven games that the Greyhounds have recorded more rebounds than their opponents. Not ironically, the team's leading rebounder, Meghan Wood, has missed the last seven games with a knee injury.

Grant Grinds It Out: After playing just 10 minutes before fouling out against Iona on January 31, Kaitlin Grant came back with a solid performance against the Peahens. She led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. It was the second time this season - at Mount St. Mary's was the other - that she has led the team in both categories.

Second Half Siobhan: After averaging 14.5 points in four games from January 13-25, Siobhan Prior had averaged just 3.0 points in two contests (at Marist and versus Iona) prior to the Saint Peter's game. She then scored eight in the second half against the Peahens and finished the game with 11 points, going 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

DiClemente Delivers: Since scoring 13 on December 22 against Columbia, Erica DiClemente had shot just 26.5-percent from the field and averaged 3.2 points per game in 10 games entering the Saint Peter's contest. She made 4-of-5 shots and scored eight points off the bench, however, against the Peahens. She also had two steals to tie her career-high.

Assists Up, Points Down: Loyola point guard Candice Walker has averaged five assists per game in the Greyhounds' last two contests, and committed just three turnovers in those games, but she her scoring average has been off. She entered the January 31 Iona game with a 9.5 points per game average, but it has dropped to just 9.0 per game after scoring two against the Gaels and six at Saint Peter's.

Starting Success: Since entering the starting lineup four games ago, Meredith Tolley has averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She has score din double-figures three times

Starting Five: Loyola used its 10th starting lineup of the season at Saint Peter's Candice Walker is the only player to start all 21 games. Meghan Wood has started all 14 in which she's played prior to injuring her knee.

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).

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 fifth 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.

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.

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
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 seven 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 1-6 in those games. The five losses mark the first times this season that the Greyhounds have lost when committing fewer turnovers than their opponents.

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 46-35 (.569) 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 returns to Reitz Arena for two-straight road games, February 10 against Saint Peter's, and February 15 versus Rider. The game against the Peahens will be broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and is Women In Sports Day, a celebration of girls and women and their accomplishments and participation in athletics.