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Women's Basketball Hosts Niagara Friday On ESPNU

Feb. 10, 2009

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Loyola Greyhounds
vs. Niagara Purple Eagles

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Game No. 24 • Friday, February 13, 2009
Baltimore, Md. • Reitz Arena • 5 p.m.

Game Data
•Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for a pair of games, starting with a 5 p.m. contest on Friday, February 13, 2009, against Niagara. The game is the first of a women's-men's doubleheader with the Loyola men taking on Iona at 9 p.m.
•The Greyhounds have three remaining regular-season home games, to go with two final road games prior to the MAAC Championships.

TV Time
•Friday's game will be seen nationwide on ESPNU as part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's television package. Dean Darling will provide the play-by-play and Mika Ryan handles the color analysis. Steve Fenig will produce the broadcast, and Mike Foss is the director.
•The game is the second in a row that the Greyhounds play on television. They lost their first televised game of the season last Sunday at Marist.

Friday The 13th First
•Loyola's game against Niagara will mark the first time since at least 1990-1991 that the Greyhounds' women's basketball team has played a game on Friday The 13th.

Series History
•The Greyhounds and Purple Eagles will play for the 40th time in series history on Friday evening.
•Loyola leads the all-time series, 28-11, after the teams split a pair of games last season, each winning on its home court.

Last Time Out
•Marist scored the first 12 points of the game, and after Loyola cut it to 10, 18-8, with 11:19 to play in the first half, the Red Foxes went on a 17-2 run that covered the next six-plus minutes.
Ashley Alexander hit three 3-pointers during the first half, and Siobhan Prior made three of her four treys during the second. Each finished with 14 points.

Dialing Long Distance
•The Greyhounds knocked down eight 3-pointers against the Red Foxes, their second-best total of the season (Loyola made 11 treys at UMBC in December).
Ashley Alexander, Candice Walker and Siobhan Prior went a combined 8-of-11 (.728) from behind the arc in the game.
•Alexander made three in the first half, scoring 12 of her 14 before the break, and was 3-of-4 overall.
•Prior picked it up in the second half, after knocking down one in the first. She made three 3-pointers after halftime, tying her career-high with four in the game. She was 4-of-5 from behind the arc.

Starting Nod
Devon Carey made the first start of her collegiate career against Marist. She finished with four points, an assist and a steal in 22 minutes.
•The Greyhounds have used six different starting five combinations this year.

Against The Purple Eagles
•In two games last year against Niagara, Candice Walker and Meredith Tolley each averaged 11.0 points per game.
•Tolley scored 20 at Niagara, her highest single-game total as a freshman, while Walker had 15 in the Greyhounds' home game.

Ashley's Last Four
Ashley Alexander has led the Greyhounds in scoring over the last four games, recording 11 or more points in three of those contests.
•The senior guard has scored an average of 12.3 points over the last four, including 18 against Iona and 14 at Marist.
•She is shooting .471 (16-of-34) from the field and .417 (5-of-12) from 3-point range during that stretch.
•Alexander also has made 12-of-13 free throws (.923) in those games.

Free-Throw Streak Snapped
•Before missing a free-throw attempt on an `And-1' with nine minutes to go against Marist, Ashley Alexander had made 16-straight free throws. Her streak dated back to Loyola's January 18 game at Saint Peter's.
•This season, Alexander leads Loyola with a .840 free-throw percentage (42-of-50). She is fourth in the MAAC in free-throw percentage.

Cutting Down Miscues
•Loyola had just eight turnovers, its fewest of the season last Friday night at Siena.
•After turning the ball over 28 times on January 30 against Iona, Loyola has had a combined 19 turnovers in its last 80 minutes of basketball against Fairfield and Siena.
•The Greyhounds committed just two miscues in the second half Friday night against the Saints.

Shooting In 2009
•Since the calendar flipped to January, Loyola has shot just .358 from the field after shooting .423 during November and December.

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 .408 during the first half and .377 in the second.

Board Work
•Iona grabbed eight of the first 10 rebounds on January 30, 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.

Miss Consistency
•Since the calendar flipped to 2009, Meredith Tolley has been one of Loyola's most productive player. She is second on the team in scoring (10.1), tied for the team-lead in rebounds per game (6.4) and has logged the most minutes per game (33.9) on the squad.

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.

High-Percentage Shooting
•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.

New Territory
•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.

Prior's Points
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.

Siobhan As A Starter
Siobhan Prior entered the starting lineup on December 22, 2007, and started every game the rest of the year.
•Including 23 starts this year, she has averaged 11.6 points and 31.9 minutes per game, tops on the team during her 43 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.

Running Away
•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.

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.

Coming Soon
•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 59-54 (.522) overall record.
•Only Pat Coyle, now the coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty, reached the 50-win plateau in a shorter amount of time at Loyola. The Greyhounds' 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, while Logan needed 85 games.
•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.