Feb. 15, 2009
vs. Manhattan Jaspers
Game No. 25 Sunday, February 15, 2009
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena 12 p.m.
Women In Sports Day returns to Reitz Arena on Sunday, February 15, 2009, when the Greyhounds host Manhattan at 12 p.m. The game is Loyola's next-to-last home game of the 2008-2009 season.
The event is one of the top events at Loyola each season with hundreds of school-age children filling Reitz Arena. The day starts at 10 a.m. in McGuire Hall with registration and a celebration of women in sports. For more information, log on to loyolagreyhounds.com.
Sunday's game will be the 41st all-time meeting between Loyola and Manhattan. The Jaspers hold a 21-19 lead in the series' first 40 games.
After Manhattan's victory on January 5, 2008, snapped a six-game winning streak for Loyola in the series, the Greyhounds have responded by winning two in a row.
Siobhan Prior scored 22, and Ashley Alexander had 15 on December 5 in Riverdale, N.Y., and the Greyhounds came away with a 78-65 MAAC-opening win.
Last Time Out
Ashley Alexander hit a fadeaway 15-foot jumper with 15 ticks left on the clock to lift Loyola past Niagara, 64-63, on Friday night, snapping a nine-game skid.
Alexander finished with a 21 points, one off her career-high set earlier this season at UMBC. Candice Walked matched her season-high with 14 points, and Meredith Tolley scored 11.
Niagara's Liz Flooks gave the Purple Eagles a one-point lead with 28 seconds left before Alexander's game-winner.
Ashley Alexander's 21 points against Niagara were just one off the career-high she set on December 22 at UMBC. She matched her career-high with seven field goals made and set a career-best with five assists.
Twice in the last two minutes, Alexander scored to regain the lead for Loyola. She hit a pair of free throws with 1:37 left to put Loyola on top, 62-61, and she then made the game-winning shot with 15 seconds left.
Alexander scored 14 of her 21 in the second half.
The game marked the fourth time in her career - all this season - that Alexander has led Loyola in scoring.
Reversal Of Free Throws
On its most recent road trip, at Siena and Marist, Loyola struggled from the free-throw line, going just 8-of-24 in the two games.
Against Niagara, however, the Greyhounds had their second-best free-throw percentage of the season. Loyola made 19-of-21 (.905) from the line against the Purple Eagles.
The efforts was Loyola's second best as a team this season, behind only its .917 performance (22-of-24) against Bucknell.
Candice Walker (6-of-6), Siobhan Prior (5-of-5) and Alex Berlin (2-of-2) were all perfect from the line.
Back In The Starting Five
Candice Walker was back in the starting lineup for the first time in six games and made the most of her opportunity.
Walker matched her season-high with 14 points, going 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, and she tied her season-best numbers with five rebounds and three steals.
Walker also played a season-high 37 minutes, including all 20 minutes of the second half.
Four Loyola players had five or more rebounds on Friday night, led by Kaitlin Grant's seven. Grant pulled down three rebounds on the offensive glass, as well.
Meredith Tolley grabbed six boards, while Candice Walker and Ashley Alexander each had five. In addition to those four, Mallory Lawes had three off the bench.
Loyola recorded 10 steals against Niagara, its third best steals total of the season. Candice Walker and Meredith Tolley each had two steals, and Ashley Alexander had two. None were bigger than Tolley's final steal that came with less than 10 seconds remaining, thwarting Liz Flooks' drive to the basket.
Ashley's Last Five
Ashley Alexander has led the Greyhounds in scoring over the last five games, recording 11 or more points in four of those contests.
The senior guard has scored an average of 14.0 points over the last five, including 21 versus Niagara.
She is shooting .469 (23-of-49) from the field and .375 (6-of-16) from 3-point range during that stretch.
Alexander also has made 18-of-21 free throws (.857) in those games.
The senior guard also leads the team in assists and is second on the team in rebounding during that stretch, averaging 5.8 boards per game.
As a Starter
Since moving into the starting lineup 11 games ago, Alexander is third on the team in scoring with a 10.3 points per game average.
Alexander was also solid off the bench, scoring 8.1 points per game in the 10 times she was a sub.
The Big Difference
Of course, the difference between winning and losing is scoring more points than the opponent, but it's how Loyola has scored their points in victories that shows how they have won.
In the Greyhounds' nine wins this year, they have gone to the free-throw line 73 more times than their opponents. They are 162-of-210 from the line in those games, making an average of 7.2 more free throws than their opponents.
Dialing Long Distance
The Greyhounds knocked down eight 3-pointers last Sunday at Marist, 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.
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.
She scored 22 versus 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.
Siobhan As A Starter
Siobhan Prior entered the starting lineup on December 22, 2007, and started every game the rest of the year.
Including 24 starts this year, she has averaged 11.5 points and 31.8 minutes per gam in 44 total 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.
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 60-54 (.526) 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 31-16 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.