Feb. 25, 2009
vs. Siena Saints
Game No. 28 Saturday, February 28, 2009
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena 12 p.m.
The Greyhounds wrap-up the regular-season with a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday, February 28, 2009, against Siena in Reitz Arena.
Full Of Festivities
Saturday's game will be full of activities and special events when Loyola takes on the visiting Saints.
Prior to the game, the women's basketball program will honor its three seniors, guards Ashley Alexander and Siobhan Prior and team manager Jermaine Stanislaus.
It's Girl Scouts Day at Loyola. All Girl Scouts and Brownies in attendance will receive a Loyola Athletics Patch. Many special activities and prizes will be centered around the event, as well.
The day is also Loyola's Pink Zone event, a culmination of a year-long effort in coordination with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Pretty In Pink
Fans in attendance at Saturday's game are encouraged to show their Greyhounds' pride, not by wearing green, but by wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
Throughout the season, Loyola women's basketball has collected generous donations from fans to support the WBCA's Pink Zone initiative with money going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support breast cancer research.
The game on Saturday concludes the event and many special events and prizes will be on tap.
Loyola and Siena will meet for the 44th time in series history on Saturday. The Saints hold an 18-25 all-time lead.
On February 6, 2009, Loyola took a 33-32 lead with just over 13 minutes left, but Siena went on a 12-5 run from that point and pulled away for a 65-46 victory.
Last Time Out
Siobhan Prior matched her career-high with 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers, at Niagara, but the Purple Eagles slipped out with a 70-65 victory on February 22.
Mallory Lawes added a personal-best, as well, scoring 13 points, while Meredith Tolley added 11.
Perfect Against The Purple
Mallory Lawes knocked down all four of her field goal attempts, including three from 3-point range, on Sunday against the Purple Eagles.
Playing about three hours from her home in Elmira, N.Y., Lawes finished with a career-high 13 points along with three rebounds and three assists.
Make It Five
Siobhan Prior crossed the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season with a 22-point performance against Niagara. She hit five 3-pointers against the Purple Eagles, setting a career-high in the process.
Prior also matched her previous high scoring output with the 22 points, equaling the total she scored at Manhattan and versus Canisius earlier this season.
Siobhan Prior's five 3-pointers against Niagara moved her closer to some important career numbers.
The senior guard has made 98 threes in her career, and her 51 this year are the most by a Loyola player since the College joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1990, eclipsing the 40 made by Mary Thompson during 1993-1994.
625 For Two
Siobhan Prior and Kaitlin Grant have each scored 625 points throughout their Loyola careers, reaching the total in nearly the same number of games.
Prior is averaging 7.4 points per game in her 82 career games, while Grant sports a 7.2 ppg mark in 84 contests.
Kaitlin Grant put up career-high numbers in several categories against Manhattan on February 15.
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. She made all 10 of her field goal attempts after halftime.
Grant also had 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, the sixth of her career.
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.
Back In The Starting Five
Candice Walker has been back in the starting lineup for the last four games after coming off the bench in six contests.
During the last four, Walker is third on the team with a 9.0 points per game mark and second with a 5.3 rebounds per contest average.
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.
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 26 starts this year, she has averaged 11.9 points and 32.1 minutes per gam in 47 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 60-57 (.513) 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.