Feb. 20, 2011
The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team will put it seven-game win streak to the test at Reitz Arena against Manhattan on Monday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Junior Miriam McKenzie tied her career-high with 23 points to lead the Greyhounds over Fairfield, 70-56, on Saturday afternoon giving Loyola its seventh straight victory of the season.The Greyhounds had four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while senior forward Meredith Tolley added 16 points 5 rebounds. Graduate student Erica DiClemente hit 2-3 from behind the arc to finish with ten points in the game. Loyola was perfect from the charity strip in the second half and made 17 of their 18 free throws in the game.
SCOUTING MANHATTAN: The Jaspers won seven in a row before falling to Marist on February 18 and the team has won 12 of the last their 14 games. Manhattan's only two loses were against the Marist Red Foxes, who are undefeated so far in conference play. The Jaspers are led by senior guard Abby Wentworth leads the Jaspers with an average of 14.2 points per game and 77 steals this season.
LAST MEETING: Five Loyola players scored in double figures as the Greyhounds opened up MAAC play against the Japsers. Loyola was just 4-8 headed into the game, while Manhattan boasted an impressive 8-4 record. After a back and forth battle the Greyhounds went on a 12-8 run to take the lead for good early in the second half. Seven straight free throws secured the victory for Loyola by a final score of 78-61. Senior forward Meredith Tolley led the Greyhounds with 16 points, junior Miriam McKenzie finished with 14 points, while graduate student Erica DiClemente scored 13 points, followed closely by freshman Nicole Krusen who added a career-high 12 points.
LOYOLA-MANHATTAN SERIES HISTORY: Loyola leads the series, 23-21. The Greyhounds defeated the Jaspers the last four meetings including a 78-61 victory on the road earlier this season. The last time Manhattan won was in 2009 with a score of 60-54 at Reitz Arena.
NEVER SAY NEVER: The win over Fairfield on Saturday, February 19, gave the Greyhounds their thirteenth conference win, matching the most ever in the history of the Loyola women's basketball program. Loyola went 13-5 in the MAAC, back to back in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 under head coach Pat Coyle. Ironically, current head coach Joe Logan served as an assistant coach on both of those 13-win teams. In 2005-2006, coach Logan won 13 games in the MAAC, adding the third 13-conference win record. With a win over Manhattan, the Greyhounds would become the first Loyola women's basketball team to ever win 14 games in a single-season of conference play.
IN GOOD COMPANY: The Greyhounds current seven game win streak ties them with five former Loyola women's basketball teams for most consecutive victories in program history. With a win over Manhattan on Monday, the Greyhounds have a chance to become the first ever Loyola team to win eight-straight games. The only Greyhounds team to win more was the 1993-1994 squad that won nine- straight games before falling to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
CLEAN SWEEP: Loyola swept the conference series against Fairfield for just the second time in school history. Before this season, the Greyhounds had lost seven-straight games to the Stags. The Greyhounds have only swept the Fairfield series one other time in program history. Loyola has also swept the series against Canisius, Rider, Siena and Niagara so far this season.
THE BIG THREE: The Greyhounds are the only team in the MAAC to have three players scoring in double-figures. The "big three" are led by junior Miriam McKenzie, the team's leading scorer, who is averaging 14.3 points per game. McKenzie scored a career-high 23 points for the second time in just one week. She scored her career-high on February 12 to help the Greyhounds to a victory over Siena and matched that performance February 19, on the road against Fairfield. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin and graduate student Erica DiClemente are not far behind McKenzie as DiClemente is averaging 11.8 points per game and Sheahin rounds out the group with 11.2 points per game.
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 moved up to 15th place on Loyola's all-time scoring chart. She is just 8 points away from Jennifer Bongard, who currently holds the 14th slot on the list with 1,047 points.
LOGAN'S LONGEST STREAK: Loyola has won seven-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 seven in a row was the 1998-1999.