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Greyhounds Host Saint Peters On MASN At Women In Sports Day

Feb. 9, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for the first of two home games when it hosts Saint Peter's on Sunday, February 10, 2008, at 12 p.m. The game is the second between the teams in eight days following a February 3 meeting in Jersey City, N.J., that the Peahens won 62-57.

TV Time: Sunday's game will be televised live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Rob Carlin will handle play-by-play duties, while Christy Winters Scott provides analysis. Steve Fenig will produce the broadcast. The Greyhounds are 1-1 in televised games this season.

Women In Sports Day: The Greyhounds are celebrating girls' and women's achievements in, and continuing participation in, athletics on. Women In Sports Day, sponsored by Sodexho is one of the most enjoyable days of the women's basketball season. Beginning at 10 a.m., activities will fill the Loyola campus and girls, Kindergarten-8th grade will meet female Loyola student-athletes.

Thinking Pink: Both teams will don pink shooting shirts before the game and on the bench as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Think Pink effort. The WBCA is striving to raise awareness of, and money dedicated to research of, breast cancer. The Greyhounds and Peahens will show their support of the cause at Sunday's game.

Series Notes: Saint Peter's 62-57 win in Jersey City last Sunday gave the Peahens a 32-14 lead in the all-time series. The Greyhounds swept Saint Peters for just the second time in series history last season. Loyola has experienced some success against the Peahens in Reitz Arena, splitting 20 games evenly.

Back On Track: Loyola's win at Manhattan, 62-61, on Friday afternoon snapped a six-game losing streak, the longest of Joe Logan's tenure with the Greyhounds and the longest since a seven-game skid spanned two seasons (February 19-November 29, 2002).

Strong Shooting: The Greyhounds posted their best shooting effort of the year, 49.1-percent (26-of-53), at Manhattan. In addition to shooting almost 43-percent from 3-point range, Loyola scored 30 points in the paint against the Jaspers.

Sixties Preservation Society: With its 62-61 win at Manhattan, the Greyhounds improved to 4-2 this season when scoring 60 or more points in a game. Their loss at Iona on January 25 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 this year, Loyola is 39-9 when they score 60 or more during Joe Logan's two-plus years at the College.

Clutch Seniors: Tynisha Davis made a lay-up with 3.4 seconds left off an assist by Vika Sholokhova to lift the Greyhounds past Manhattan. Sholokhova also made a 3-pointer with just over four minutes left to give Loyola a six-point lead.

Clutch Freshman, Too: Candice Walker made a 7-foot pull-up jumper in the lane with 45 seconds left to put Loyola up one. She scored 10 points in the game and matched her career-highs with seven rebounds and six assists in the game. Five of her assists, and four of her rebounds, came after halftime.

Setting The Pace: Siobhan Prior scored 11 first-half points, finishing with 15, to help the Greyhounds take a 31-29 lead at halftime. She tied her career-high with three 3-pointers in the game and played all 40 minutes for the second time this year.

Long Time Coming: When Prior made a 3-pointer in the first minute of the game at Manhattan, it gave Loyola a 3-2 lead. It was the Greyhounds' first lead in 147-minutes, 56-seconds of game action, spanning five games. Loyola last had a one-point lead with 6:52 to play in the first half at Iona on January 25.

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 five games ago, Meredith Tolley has led the Greyhounds with a in points (10.4) and rebounds (6.6). She is shooting 48.8-percent from the field and 42.9-percent from 3-point range in those games, raising her points per game average from 2.9 to 4.7 and her rebounds per game from 2.1 to 3.2.

Running Ways: In Loyola's nine 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, 43-2611:36ManhattanM, 50-497:259-2L, 58-524:08

Road Warriors: As a team, the Greyhounds are averaging just 55.8 points per game on the road, but Vika Sholokhova and Siobhan Prior seem to enjoy playing away from Reitz Arena. Sholokhova averages 9.6 points, and Prior 9.1, on the road, compared to 7.9 and 4.5, respectively, at home.

Bucking The Trend: Loyola committed 16 turnovers on Friday Manhattan, one more than the Jaspers' 15. It was the first time this season that the Greyhounds have won when committing more turnovers than their opponents. They are now 1-9 this year when finishing with more turnovers than the opposition.

Starting Five: Loyola used its 10th starting lineup of the season at Saint Peter's Candice Walker is the only player to start all 22 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).

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.

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.

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 47-35 (.573) 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.