Feb. 24, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team will travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. to face Iona on Friday, February 25, in its final road game of the regular season. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and a live audio broadcast of the game will be available on LoyolaGreyhounds.com
LAST TIME OUT: Loyola outscored visiting Manhattan, 38-12, in the second half to post its eighth consecutive victory with a come-from-behind 60-45 win over the Jaspers Monday night in Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds got out to a slow start that found Manhattan scoring 12 straight to build a 17-3 lead, seven minutes into the contest. Despite sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland's three-point play with one second remaining, the Jaspers still led 33-22 at the half.
Sutherland, scored the first eight points of the second half and 11 straight going back to the final sequence of the first half, sparking a 24-4 run which spanned both halves and helped the Greyhounds turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead.
Loyola's defense stepped up in the second half, holding the Jaspers without a field goal for the first 8:34 of the second half and only allowed two baskets for the entire final 20 minutes. Senior forward Meredith Tolley hit a free throw to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game, 36-35. Loyola went on a 22-8 run to finish the final 13 minutes of the game and four Greyhounds reached double-figures: Sutherland scored 17 points; Sheahin,15; Tolley, 13; and DiClemente, 11.
SCOUTING IONA: The Gaels won their second straight game on Monday against Niagara in an impressive fashion, 69-38. Iona held Niagara to just 16 points in the first 20 minutes and went on an 18-0 run coming out of the break. The Gaels were led by Anda Ivkovic, who scored 13 points in the contest and Milica Paligoric who chipped in 11.
Iona is led by Anda Ivkovic and Kristina Ford. Ivkovic has 320 points and 157 rebounds this season, an average of 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Ford leads the team on the glass with 166 caroms this season and 331 points, an average of 11.8 points per game and 5.9 rebounds.
Head Coach Anthony Bozzella is in his ninth year with the Gaels and has an overall record of 105-83 and 67-39 in the conference. Last season, the Gaels finished 18-14 and was 7-7 on the road.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the 51st meeting between Loyola and Iona in women's basketball and the Greyhounds lead the all-time series between the two teams, 33-17 . The Gaels won seven consecutive games in the series before Loyola defeated Iona last season on the road, 71-59. Junior guard Miriam McKenzie scored 20 points in the win and graduate student Erica DiClemente also reached double-digits with 12 points.
LAST MEETING AGAINST THE GAELS: The Greyhounds battled back from a halftime deficit against Iona by outscoring the Gaels 27-14 in the second half to earn a 57-46 win at Reitz Arena on January 16.
Three Loyola players reached double figures in the comeback victory: McKenzie scored 15 points; senior forward Meredith Tolley, 12; and freshman guard Nicole Krusen, 11. The Greyhounds held Iona to 17.2 percent shooting from the floor in the second half after the Gaels shot 42.3 percent in the first 20 minutes.
The Greyhounds trailed by seven at the half, but erased the deficit with a 16-5 run over the last 8:46. The win at Reitz Arena was the first for Loyola since the 2006-2007 season.
TOLLEY TOPS IN TRIPLES: Senior forward Meredith Tolley has made 141 baskets from long distance so far throughout her four year at Loyola. She is now the all-time leader for three-point field goals made and holds the career record for three-point field goals attempted as she has currently has 423 attempts over her career. Tolley has 40 three-pointers so far this season and has made two or more, shooting an impressive 41 percent ,in the last five games including a season-high four three-pointers against St. Peter's College on February 6. . She has had at least one three-pointer in all but five games and two or more in 13 games this season. Tolley hit two big shots from downtown and finished with 11 points to help the Greyhounds overcome a 14-point deficit on February 19 against Manhattan.
SUTHERLAND SPARKS COMEBACK: Sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland record the first double-double of her career in the Greyhounds' dramatic comeback victory over Manhattan, 60-45, on February 19. Sutherland, who scored the first eight points of the second half and 11 straight going back to the final sequence of the first half, igniting a 24-4 run that spanned both halves and helped the Greyhounds turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead over the Jaspers. She finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, made 6 of 10 field-goals and was also 4 of 5 from the line, setting new career-highs in six categories. Sutherland has made 59-of-131 field-goal attempts this season and has the top shooting percentage on the team (.450). She is fifth in scoring on the team with an average of 6.4 points per game, fourth in rebounds with 4.1 and second on the team in steals with 47.
WALKER SAVES THE DAY: Junior guard Candice Walker rattled in a 12-foot jumper for her only basket of the game with 18.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Greyhounds a 67-64 MAAC home victory over Siena on February 12. Walker has scored 53 points this season, an average of two points per game.
NEVER SAY NEVER: The win over Manhattan on Monday, February 21, gave the Loyola its 14th conference win of the year, the most ever conference wins by a men's or women's team in program history. Coach Logan has been part of all three of the Greyhounds teams that have won 13 conference games. He served as an assistant coach under Pat Coyle when the Greyhounds went 13-5 in the MAAC during back-to-back seasons in, 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. In his first year as head coach of the women's basketball team at Loyola, Logan captured the third 13-conference win season in program history
IN GOOD COMPANY: With a win over Fairfield on February 19, the current Loyola women's basketball team is now the seventh women's basketball team in program history to win seven or more consecutive games. The Greyhounds had three back-to-back seasons with seven consecutive wins from 1976-1979 and two more from 1997-1999, which also occured in back-to-back years. The win over Manhattan on February 21, leaves the Greyhounds trailing only the 1993-1994, Loyola women's basketball team that won nine-straight games before falling to Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
CLEAN SWEEP: Loyola has swept swept the conference series against six of its MAAC opponents this season. With just two games remaining, the Greyhounds have a chance to sweep eight of their nine conference opponents. On February 19, Loyola beat Fairfield, 70-56, to sweep the series against the Stags for just the second time in school history. The last time the Greyhounds swept the series against Fairfield was in 1995-1996 season. Before this season, Loyola had lost seven-straight games in the series to the Stags.
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 averages 13.8 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 11.3 points per game.
DICLEMENTE CLIMBS THE CHART: 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 to 15th place on Loyola's all-time scoring chart. She is just three points away from Jennifer Bongard, who currently holds the 14th slot on the list with 1,047 points.
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 14-2 in the MAAC as they head into Friday's match-up against Iona and now hold the record for most regular-season conference wins. The last time a Loyola women's basketball team has been close to 14 conference wins in a regular season was under Coach Logan in 2005-2006 when the Greyhounds went 13-5 in the MAAC regular season.
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 tied 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.