Women's Hoops To Honor Seniors On Sunday

Feb. 26, 2011

Baltimore, Md. - WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: Today Loyola University Maryland is hosting a celebration of women and their contributions to, and ongoing participation in, athletics. This event is open to girls from kindergarten through eighth grade and will feature exciting events starting at 10:00 a.m. The event includes free admission to the basketball game at noon and ends with an autograph session and ice cream social with the players. Check-in time starts at 10 a.m. in McGuire Hall in the Loyola's Andrew White Student Center. From there, participants will tour the athletic facilities and interact with athletes from Loyola University's nine varsity women's sports and enjoy face painting, tattoos, spirit poster design and more. The girls also will be treated to free pizza while they prepare to cheer on the Loyola women's basketball team as they take on Saint Peter's College.All activities are free of charge, and participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and more.

THANK YOU SENIORS!!: Today is Loyola's final home game of the season and the Greyhounds will celebrate the accomplishments of this year's senior class. Senior forward Melissa Bangay, senior forward Meredith Tolley and graduate student guard Erica DiClemente are the three Loyola seniors that will be honored prior to the start of today's game.

Graduate student Erica DiClemente now holds the top spot in program history for games played with her 125th career appearance today, the previous record was held by Kaitlin Grant '10 and Jennifer Bongard '00 who both appeared in 120 games. DiClemente is also just one mark away, with 1056 points, from overtaking Bongard's spot on Loyola's all-time scoring list.

LAST TIME OUT: For the second consecutive game the Greyhounds had to overcome a double-digit deficit during their 83-80 (OT) victory at Iona on Friday. On Monday, sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland picked up her first career double-double as she led the Greyhounds back from a 14- point deficit to beat Manhattan, 60-45.

SERIES HISTORY: This is the 54th meeting between St. Peter's College and Loyola in women's basketball. The Peahens lead the all-time series 36-17, however the Greyhounds have won the last six of seven contests at Reitz Arena.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE PEAHENS: Senior Meredith Tolley had 20 points as the visiting Greyhounds defeated Saint Peter's 69-60 on February 2.The Peahens tied the game with 6:58 left in the first half but, Loyola went on a 10-2 run to take the lead before the break. The Greyhounds came out of half on a 10-4 run with points from DiClemente, Tolley, Sheahin and Sutherland. Loyola led by as much as 20 before the Peahens cut their deficit to nine to finish the contest. The Greyhounds shot 48.1 percent for the game to Saint Peter's 28.4 percent. Loyola shot 50 percent in the first half alone. Jynae Judson led the Peahens with 19 points, while Lauren Morris and Aminah Davis each chipped in 11.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE: After Friday's 83-80 overtime win against the Gaels, Loyola is now 2-0 in overtime games this season. The Greyhounds got the first of the two victories when junior guard Candice Walker rattled in a 12-foot jumper with 18.3 seconds left in overtime to lift Loyola over Siena, 67-64, at Reitz Arena on February 12. Walker started the Greyhounds' comeback on Friday at Iona when she nailed a deep three-point shot that kicked off Loyola's run and with 1:06 left in regulation she picked off a pass and hit McKenzie under the hoop for a lay up to cut the Gaels' lead to four.

DANGEROUS DUO: Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin scored a career-high 28 points while junior guard Miriam McKenzie matched her career-high of 23 for the third time this month during the Greyhounds' win over Iona. The two combined 19 points of the Greyhounds 25 points during a six minute stretch to end regulation, as Loyola outscored Iona 25-8 in the 5:49 of regulation.

DOUBLE THE FUN:The 20-plus performance from both guards was the 10th time this season a Loyola player had 20 or more points in a single game.Loyola has had at least two players score in double-figures in all but two games this season, three players have scored in double-figures in 13 games and four or more players in double-figures in seven contests.

SENSATIONAL SHEAHIN: Sheahin's late-game heroics saved the day for the Greyhounds. She took the ball coast-to-coast for a lay up with 17 seconds left and converted two clutch free-throws to tie the contest at 71-71 with 8.2 seconds remaining. Sheahin was even more impressive in overtime as she added four points, two steals and a block to help Loyola to its ninth consecutive win.

THE SEED IS PLANTED:The Greyhounds have secured the number two seed in the MAAC Tournament, where they will face the winner of the first round game, either the seven seed Canisius or the 10th seed Niagara.