Feb. 17, 2008
Game Data: Loyola starts a three-game road swing on Monday, February 18, 2008, when it takes on Siena at 7 p.m. in a Presidents' Day match-up. The game is also the first of the Greyhounds' final four MAAC regular-season contests of the season.
Series Notes: Monday's game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between the Greyhounds and Saints. Siena holds a 24-17 lead in the series entering the game, including a 15-4 advantage at home The Greyhounds have won three of the last five meetings, overall, but the Saints defeated Loyola, 67-57, in this season's first meeting, January 18, 2008, in Baltimore. Joe Logan has recorded three wins in five attempts against the Saints, while Siena Head Coach Gina Castelli is 21-16 against Loyola in 18 years with the Saints.
Three In A Row: Loyola bring a three-game winning streak into Monday's contest. It is the second time this year that the team has won three or more games in a row after the squad was victorious in five-straight from December 1-22.
Streaky: It has been a season of ups and downs to be sure for Loyola. They have won, or lost, single games just once this year. Everything else has come in multiples (winning streaks of two, five and three; losing skids of three, four and six) with the exception of a win at Rider on January 13 that was sandwiched between skids of four and six games.
Strong Conference: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has its highest conference RPI ranking in recent history. The MAAC has cemented its mid-major status this season with places of 13th on realtimerpi.com and 14th on Jeff Sagarin's RPI rankings and rpirankings.com, out of the nation's 32 Division I conferences (including D-I Independents).
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 Rider on Friday night, marking the second game in a row that Loyola has led the entire way. They also led Saint Peter's for 40 minutes on February 10, and previously accomplished the feat at Rider on January 13.
Early `D': Loyola has started its past two games with good defensive pressure on Saint Peter's and Rider. The Greyhounds held the Peahens without a point until 8:20 had elapsed from the game, and they held the Broncs scoreless for the first 7:00 of Friday's contest. Rider hit its first field goal of the contest at the 12:13 mark, while Saint Peter's made a basket with 11:40 left in the first half.
Cold Spell: After Baltimore experienced balmy 60-degree temperatures last week, a cold front moved into Charm City on Friday, and it extended inside Reitz Arena. After posting its two best shooting games of the season, at Manhattan and against Saint Peter's, Loyola shot just 34.1-percent from the field against Rider. The Broncs, however, made just 34-percent of their shots. Loyola, however, got to the free-throw line 35 times and made 25 from the charity stripe.
Few Field Goals: Loyola won on Friday night despite making just 14 field goals, the fewest the team has made in Joe Logan's three year tenure at the College. The 14 buckets are also the fewest the team has produced since making just 11 (11-of-55) in a 54-25 loss to Delaware on December 14, 2003.
Hitting The Boards: Vika Sholokhova matched her season- and career-high with 13 rebounds against Rider. She also had 13 boards in the first meeting this season against Siena.
DiCle Delivers: Although no other Loyola player scored in double digits against Rider, Erica DiClemente came off the bench to make 5-of-7 shots, and both of her 3-point attempts, to lead all players with 15 points. It was a season-high for DiClemente and one off her career-best of 16 that came on February 19, 2007, at Iona.
Back At Last: Loyola's leading scorer this season, Meghan Wood, returned to action on Friday night a month after heading to the bench with a knee injury. Wood, who scored eight points in 14 minutes against the Broncs, last played on January 11 against Marist and missed nine games while having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on January 23. The Greyhounds were 3-6 in her absence.
Supporting Cast: Loyola's starting five was just 7-of-22 from the field on Friday night, scoring 26 points, but the Greyhounds bench of Devon Carey, Vika Sholokhova, Meghan Wood and Erica DiClemente came up big, scoring 29 points.
Running Ways: In Loyola's 11 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, 49-44:15@ MSML, 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, 45-3212:26@ RiderL, 30-2417:3313-2L, 43-2611:36@ ManhattanM, 50-497:259-2L, 58-524:08Saint Peter'sL, 33-3020:0025-8L, 58-389:47RiderL, 41-378:599-2L, 50-394:06
Up Big: Despite winning by just three points against the Saint Peter's, Loyola went up by as many as 20 with under 10 minutes to play on February 10 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 efforts of the year, in back-to-back games. They shot 49.1-percent (26-of-53) at Manhattan and 45.1-percent (23-of-51) against Saint Peter's.
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.
Starting Success: Since entering the starting lineup seven games ago, Meredith Tolley has is third on the team in scoring (9.1) and second in rebounds (5.9). She is shooting 48.0-percent from the field and 40.0-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.
Starting Five: Loyola has used 11 different starting lineups this season. Candice Walker is the only player to begin all 24 games.
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 49-35 (.583) 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 25-11 (.694) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.