Feb. 18, 2009
@ Canisius Golden Griffins
Game No. 26 Friday, February 20, 2009
Buffalo, N.Y. Koessler Athletic Center 7 p.m.
@ Niagara Purple Eagles
Game No. 27 Sunday, February 22, 2009
Niagara Univ., N.Y. Gallagher Center 2 p.m.
Loyola travels to the Buffalo, N.Y., area for its final regular-season road games of 2008-2009.
The Greyhounds take on Canisius at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 20, and Niagara at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 22.
Friday's game against Canisius will be the 47th all-time meeting between the teams with the Golden Griffins holding a 24-22 lead in the series. Loyola is 29-11 overall against Niagara.
Last Time Out
Kaitlin Grant scored a career-high 24 points last Sunday against Manhattan, but the Jaspers held Loyola to 14 first-half points and came away with a 60-54 win.
Grant made layups with 2:24 and 0:27 remaining to cut the Jaspers' lead to three, but Manhattan made 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Siobhan Prior scored 15 points, and Grant finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, notching her fifth double-double of the season.
Kaitlin Grant was 10-of-10 from the floor in the second half against Manhattan, scoring 21 of her 24 points after the break.
Kaitlin Grant put up career-high numbers in several categories against Manhattan on Sunday.
The junior post player scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting, notching career-highs in all three categories.
Her 21 second-half points tied her previous career-high scoring output, set in the season-opener this year against Harvard in the USF Shootout.
Grant also had 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, the sixth of her career.
Finding Other Ways
Siobhan Prior has scored in bunches many times this year, but usually by way of the 3-point shot. Against Manhattan, however, she was 0-of-4 from behind the arc, but it did not deter the senior guard.
Prior finished the game with 15 points, all but two coming in the second half, making six 2-point field goals. She was also 3-of-4 at the foul line.
Field Goal Fury
Kaitlin Grant's 11 field goals made were the most by a Loyola player since Meghan Wood hit the same number in 14 attempts on December 22, 2007, in a 66-49 victory over Columbia.
Grant is now tops on the team, and fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, in field goal percentage, making 49.2-percent of her shots.
Ashley Alexander's 21 points against Niagara on February 13 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 has been back in the starting lineup for the last two games after coming off the bench in six contests.
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.
Versus Manhattan, Walker scored six, but had four assists and four rebounds.
As a Starter
Since moving into the starting lineup 12 games ago, Alexander is third on the team in scoring with a 10.1 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.
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 60-55 (.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 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.