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Women's Basketball Hosts Broncs Friday Night In Reitz Arena

Feb. 13, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola plays its second-straight home game on Friday, February 15, 2008, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Rider at Reitz Arena. The game is the Greyhounds' penultimate home contest of the season and is a rematch of a January 13 meeting between the teams in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Series Notes: The Greyhounds' 66-59 victory in Lawrenceville on January 13 was the 21 all-time by Loyola in the series. Friday's game will be the 28th meeting between the programs and the 13th visit by Rider to Baltimore. The Greyhounds have been victorious in all but one game against the Broncs in Baltimore, a 44-42 loss on December 6, 1983, in the first meeting between the teams.

Better The Second Time: The teams have met multiple times in a season over each of the last 10 years, and Loyola has won the second meeting every time.

Two In A Row: Loyola bring a winning streak into Friday's game for the first time since late December. Prior to last weekend, the Greyhounds had not won at least two in a row since going 5-0 from December 1-22.

Rookie Honors: Candice Walker picked up her fourth MAAC Rookie of the Week award on Monday after averaging 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the wins over Manhattan and Saint Peter's. She scored 15 against the Peahens and 10 versus the Jaspers. At Manhattan, she tied her career-highs with seven rebounds and six assists. With 67 assists this season, Walker is just 11 away from setting the freshman assists record at Loyola (77 in 1990-1991 by Coleen Colsher).

Wire to Wire: The Greyhounds never trailed Saint Peter's on Sunday, and the only tie score was at 0-0. It was the second time this year Loyola has won a game when leading the entire stretch. The other 40-minute effort was at Rider.

Better Against The Broncs: Vika Sholokhova has two of her better career performances against Rider. In two games versus the Broncs, she is averaging 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.

You Look Familiar: The Rider and Loyola coaching staffs know each other quite well. Broncs Head Coach Lynn Mulligan was an assistant at St. Joseph's at the same time Joe Logan was the top assistant for the Hawks. Broncs assistant coach Rashana Barnes was the Director of Basketball Operations at St. Joe's during that time, and Loyola assistant Erin Brady was the starting point guard on the team.

Up Big: Despite winning by jus three points against the Peahens, Loyola went up by as many as 20 with under 10 minutes to play on Sunday. It was the biggest lead in a game this season by Loyola, eclipsing 17-point advantages against Columbia and at Rider.

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.

Back at It: Loyola followed that effort with a 45.1-percent (23-of-51) mark against Saint Peter's, making just the third time this season that the Greyhounds have eclipsed 45-percent in a game.

Scoring Binge: The Greyhounds' 75 points against Saint Peter's were the most they've put up this season, and the 137 the have recorded in the last two games are the most Loyola has scored in back-to-back games since netting the same amount at Saint Peter's (74) and against Canisius (63) in the MAAC Tournament, February 25 and March 2, 2007.

Sixties Preservation Society: With its 62-61 win at Manhattan, the Greyhounds improved to 6-2 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.

Usually A Strength: Prior to Sunday's game against Saint Peter's, Loyola was 78-of-98 (.796) from the free-throw line in the final four minutes of games this season. The Greyhounds, however, were just 9-of-18 (.500) from the line in the last four minutes against the Peahens, missing their last four attempts.

International Flair: In Loyola's two wins at Manhattan and against Saint Peter's, Vika Sholokhova and Siobhan Prior led the Greyhounds in scoring. Sholokhova averaged 15.5 points (with 17 coming against the Peahens), while Prior scored 15 against both teams. The combination is 7-of-14 from 3-point range in those games and is shooting .477 from the field.

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.

Starting Success: Since entering the starting lineup six games ago, Meredith Tolley has is third on the team in scoring (10.0) and second in rebounds (6.3). She is shooting 46.8-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 4.8 and her rebounds per game from 2.1 to 3.3.

Running Ways: In Loyola's 10 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, 58-524:08Saint Peter'sL, 33-3020:0025-8L, 58-389:47

Bucking The Trend: Loyola committed 16 turnovers on Friday at 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 11th starting lineup of the season against Saint Peter's on February 10. 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).

Doubling Up: Vika Sholokhova recorded her sixth double-double of the season and 11th of her career on February 10 against Saint Peter's. Despite her play in those games, it was just the second time this year that Loyola has won when she's achieved the feat.

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 has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week four 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 48-35 (.578) 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 24-11 (.686) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.