Feb. 23, 2010
Up Next: Manhattan and SienaManhattan Jaspers (14-13 overall, 9-7 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (12-15 overall, 7-9 MAAC)
When: Friday, February 26
Where: Draddy Gymnasium
Time: 5 p.m.
Siena Saints (9-16 overall, 7-9 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (12-15 overall, 7-9 MAAC)
When: Sunday, February 28
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 3:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds will play one on the road and one at home during the last weekend of regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. First up is a Friday afternoon game at Manhattan. Loyola will then return to Baltimore Sunday, to close out the season against Siena on Pink Zone and Senior Day.
Last Time Out
Loyola put a stop to one of the conference's hottest teams Sunday at Reitz Arena, topping Niagara 71-63 on Women in Sports Day. The Greyhounds caught up to the Purple Eagles after they opened with an offensive burst, and overcame them in the second half with a 56 percent effort from the field. Loyola scored on five straight possessions to go on a decisive 11-2 run at the end of the second half, effectively putting the game out of reach of Niagara. Meredith Tolley had the biggest performance of the day scoring a game-high 21 points and pulling down five boards. Tolley connected for five three pointers and went 8-for-12 from the field. Miriam McKenzie recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, and also added in three assists and a steal. Erica DiClemente finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Niagara remains winless in Baltimore since 1992.
The Jaspers: Take Two
Manhattan has done well in conference play as of late, and currently stand in a three-way tie for third place with a 9-7 MAAC record. The Jaspers put a stop to Niagara's five-game win streak on Feb. 13 with a win that extended their own streak to three games. The Jaspers are the best three-point shooting team in MAAC games (34.6 percent) and the second-best team from the field overall (40.8 percent). Forward Lindsey Loutsenhizer (15.5 points per game, 47.4 percent from the field) and guard Michelle Pacheco (15.1 points per game, 41.3 percent from the field) make up a significant part of that Manhattan offense.
Last Time Against the Jaspers: Loyola 74, Manhattan 57
The Greyhounds made the most of their 2009-2010 national television debut with a convincing win on ESPNU at Reitz Arena. Riding momentum from a 3-1 conference opening and having won four of their last five, the Greyhounds took control of the game from the start, jumping out to a 10-1 lead while holding the Jaspers to just nine points through the first 10 minutes. Using a 55.2 percent effort from the field, the `Hounds pulled out to a 40-24 halftime lead. Twice in the second half the Jaspers tried to rally but Loyola stifled both attempts. A balanced attack provided the offense for the Greyhounds, who had three players score in double-digits and received 28 points and 16 rebounds from the bench. The Greyhounds also tallied season-high numbers in assists (19) and field goals (27).
This will be the 43rd meeting between the two teams. Although Manhattan holds a slight 22-20 edge in the all-time series, Loyola has won the last two meetings.
The Greyhounds connected for a season-high 12 three-pointers Friday, Feb. 19 against Marist, topping the previous high mark of nine. Erica DiClemente set a new career-high with five while Meredith Tolley sunk four. Loyola made nine at Navy on Nov. 15, with Tolley contributing six.
Loyola's basketball doubleheader that was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, was made up on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Both games were postponed after the Mid-Atlantic region was hit with back-to-back winter storms. The two blizzards brought record-breaking snowfalls, totaling upwards of 50 inches in some areas of Maryland and Virginia, and forced the mayor to shut down the entire city of Baltimore for a day.
McKenzie makes it Happen
Sophomore guard Miriam McKenzie grabbed her ninth double-double against Niagara with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She is the conference's second-leading scorer both overall and in MAAC games and is sixth in the conference with 7.6 rebounds per game. She continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring (16.9 points per game), rebounds (7.6 per game) and assists (3.0 per game).
DiClemente goes the Distance
Three-point shots have helped Erica DiClemente go from 9.3 points per game in the first half of the season to 12.4 in the second half. The redshirt junior guard was taking and average of 8.8 shots from the field and just .85 shots from beyond the arc in the first half of the season. In the second half, she is taking one shot more per game and close to three treys per game. She also leads the `Hounds in minutes played (930, 34.4 per game) and leads the team with four 40-minute games.
Loyola has overcome double-digit deficits of 18, 14 and 13 points this season, but won only one of those games. Early in the season, the `Hounds overcame an 18-point halftime deficit at Mount Saint Mary's, and went on to record a dramatic last-minute 48-45 victory. The `Hounds overcame a 13-point Canisius lead at home on Jan. 18, and at Marist the following weekend, Loyola managed a 16-point rally in a span of just two minutes but fell short by three points in the final seconds of play.
Snapping the Streak
Loyola's win over Iona on Jan. 3, snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Gaels. The streak was the longest losing streak against any MAAC Opponent and was the first win over Iona since January 25, 2007.
Loyola's loss to Canisius on Jan. 18, snapped a three game winning streak that saw the `Hounds averaging 69 points per game and winning by an average margin of 13.7 points per game.
History Didn't Repeat Itself
There have been just three Loyola wins at Saint Peter's Yanitelli Center in program history, with the most recent being a 69-59 victory Jan. 10. It was the first time in three seasons and the second win in Jersey City since 1994.
Senior forward Kaitlin Grant's 12 steals against the Mount was the most steals in a Division I women's basketball game since Georgia Tech's Jillian Ingram recorded an identical number Feb. 29, 2008. The senior forward tied for 16th on the NCAA DI single-game list. Just seven players have recorded 13 steals and eight have recorded 14. Grant now holds the all-time school record for a single game. The previous women's record was eight, which she matched last season, while the men's record was 10.
Glessner Scores for Gimle
Former Greyhound Jill Glessner recently finished out 2009 as the top scorer in the Norwegian Kvinnligaen league. Glessner, a guard out of Mechanicsville, Pa., who played at Loyola from 2003-2007, averaged 22.1 points per game and helped lead her team, Gimle, to a first-place, 7-1 record. Last year, Glessner led the English Basketball League in scoring and was named Import Player of the Year.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Loyola is now 3-4 in Jesuit Basketball Spotlight games after their 72-71 overtime defeat of Canisius. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to www.ajcunet.edu.
Grant Gets Preseason Nod
Kaitlin Grant was named preseason all-conference at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day in New York, N.Y., last week. Grant was nominated to the conference's third team. Grant has played in all of Loyola's 90 games over the past three seasons and was last year's team MVP. The senior forward averaged 11.2 points per game and led Loyola with 8.1 rebounds per game and 55 steals and was second on the team with 97 assists. One of the MAAC's top rebounders last season, Grant had seven double-doubles and her team-high 48.6 percent field-goal clip was fourth in the MAAC.
Lucky No. 7
The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the coaches' poll during last months' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day, in New York, N.Y. Loyola received a total of 49 points in the poll. With 100 points, four-time defending champion Marist was unanimously picked as the conference's champs for the upcoming season and the Red Foxes' Rachele Fitz was touted as the preseason Player of the Year choice. Fitz has taken top honors in the MAAC the past two seasons and was named Rookie of the Year after her freshman season. Iona received 90 points and was the unanimous second place pick.