Feb. 17, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - The women's basketball team is on a six-game winning streak and will travel to the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard to face the Fairfield Stags. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and a live audio broadcast will be available on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior guard Miriam McKenzie scored 12 points and graduate student Erica DiClemente added 11 to lead the Greyhounds to a 67-41 victory over Niagara on Monday. The Greyhounds never trailed, as all eleven Loyola players reached the court and nine recorded points. Loyola scored six-straight points to open up the first half but the Purple Eagles came back within two, 10-8, at the 14:43 mark. The Greyhounds went on an 11-4 run and headed into halftime up 37-20. Loyola went on a 12-4 run and got their largest lead of the game, 31, with 11:49 left to play. Freshman Nicole Krusen had three three-pointers to finish with nine points and freshman Nneka Offodile and junior Candice Walker both contributed eight points. The Greyhounds held the advantage on the glass 42-28 and the team combined for 10 steals.
SCOUTING THE STAGS: Fairfield is 17-8 overall and 10-4 in conference play. The Stags have won seven of their last eight MAAC games and are 5-0 in the second game of home-and-home series against conference opponents. The Stags are led by Taryn Johnson, who has a total of 328 points and 207 rebounds, an average of 13.1 points per game and an average of 8.3 rebounds. Johnson currently leads the MAAC in field goal percentage, shooting 52.4% and has team-high 46 blocked shots and 53 steals this season. Fairfield is coached by Joe Frager who is in his fourth season with the Stags.
LOYOLA-FAIRFIELD SERIES HISTORY: Fairfield leads the series, 32-16. Loyola beat the Stags earlier this season at Reitz Arena, 54-52. The victory snapped a nine-game winning streak for Fairfield in the series. The last time the Greyhounds defeated the Stags on the road was in the 2005-06 season with a score of 78-72.
DICLEMENTE CLIMBS THE CHARTS: Graduate student Erica DiClemente surpassed the 1,000-point barrier with a lay-up at the 18:51 mark of the Greyhounds' game against Siena. DiClemente became the 18th player in Loyola women's basketball to score 1,000 points and is now in 16th place with 1,029 points. She is just 18 points away from Maureen McHugh, currently in 15th place on the all-time scoring chart.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Loyola matched new season-high marks for assists and blocked shots against Niagara on February 14. The Greyhounds swatted away seven of the Purple Eagles' shots and had 19 assists on 24 baskets to match the previous season-high marks set in both categories against Mount St. Mary's on December 11.
ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY: The Greyhounds are 12-2 in the MAAC as they head into Saturday's match-up against Fairfield and with a win Loyola will tie the school record for the most conference wins in a season. The Greyhounds went 13-5 in the MAAC under coach Joe Logan during the 2005-2006 season.
LOGAN'S LONGEST STREAK: Loyola has won six straight conference games and is undefeated in the month of February. This is the longest winning streak during coach Joe Logan's tenure. The last time the Greyhounds won six-straight games was in the 2000-2001season when Loyola won six straight games before falling to Siena on the road, 69-66.
GREYHOUNDS RACKIN' UP THE HONORS: For the second time this season, junior guard Miriam McKenzie was named MAAC Player of the Week by the conference on February 14. McKenzie tired her career-high of 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Greyhounds' overtime win against Siena on Saturday, February 12. This is the fifth time the conference selected a Loyola player for the MAAC weekly award, putting the Greyhounds in the lead for conference honors this season.