Feb. 28, 2008
Game Data: Loyola culminates its 2007-2008 regular-season with a home contest against Fairfield on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game is part of triple-header action on Loyola's campus. The women's lacrosse team hosts Towson at 11 a.m., and the men's lacrosse squad takes on Penn State, at 2 p.m.
Free For All: The women's basketball game on Saturday will be free for all in attendance as part of the NCAA's "Take A Kid To A Game" program.
Senior Day: Loyola will honor its three seniors prior to Saturday's game. Tynisha Davis, Vika Sholokhova and Meghan Wood will be honored prior to the game with a presentation that will start at 1:45 p.m.
Series Notes: Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 43rd time in series history on Saturday afternoon. The Stags hold a 26-16 after defeating the Greyhounds, 48-41, on January 20, in Connecticut. Loyola, however, has defeated Fairfield in 11 of 20 previous meetings at Reitz Arena. The Stags have won 15 of the last 18 meetings between the schools.
Rookie Honors: Greyhounds freshman Meredith Tolley won the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week Award last Monday after averaging 15 points and five rebounds at Niagara and Canisius. She scored a career-high 20 points against the Purple Eagles. Loyola has won five Rookie of the Week awards (Candice Walker has won four), more than any other school this season. No other MAAC school has more than one player who has earned the Rookie of the Week award this season.
Starting Success: Since entering the starting lineup 10 games ago, Tolley is second on the team with a 9.6 points per game average. She is shooting .485 from the field in those games and averaging 5.6 rebounds. Prior to those 10 contests, Tolley was averaging just 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting .317 from the field.
One Away: With her next assist, Candice Walker will tie the Loyola freshman record in that category. Coleen Colsher recorded 77 in 2001-2002.
Timely Three: Siobhan Prior made just one 3-pointer at Canisius, but it came at a good time. She made a 30-foot three as the buzzer sounded in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Starting Again: Meghan Wood returned to the starting lineup for the first time since missing nine games with a knee injury. Wood came off the bench in three games before starting at Canisius.
On The Boards: Loyola outrebounded Canisius, 46-38, on Sunday afternoon and had three players with seven or more boards. Vika Sholokhova led all players with nine rebounds, while Meghan Wood and Tynisha Davis each grabbed seven.
Buffalo Blues: Loyola lost to both Niagara and Canisius on last weekend's road trip, marking the first time since 2003-2004 it has been swept in the Buffalo area.
Shooting Slump: In the two games at Niagara and Canisius, Loyola shot just .330 (38-of-115) from the field and .270 (10-of-37) from 3-point range.
Before Buffalo: Prior to those games, the Greyhounds shot .429 (88-of-205) in its four previous games, all wins. Loyola made 36.6-percent (15-of-41) from 3-point range. During that stretch, three players - Siobhan Prior, Tynisha Davis and Meghan Wood - averaged in double figures.
Career Nights: Three of Loyola's freshmen recorded career-high scoring outputs at Niagara. Meredith Tolley (20), Melissa Bangay (7) and Alex Berlin (6) each scored the most in a single game of their young careers.
Slow Road Starts: Loyola is now 0-9 when trailing at halftime in road games. The Greyhounds are being outscored 31.9 to 25.5 in the first half of road games. They are shooting just .348 from the field, while their opponents are knocking down almost 43-percent of their first-half shots.
Running Ways: In many of Loyola's wins, the Greyhounds engineered second-half runs that have paced them to the victories. Here's a look at the details:
OpponentStart ScoreTimeRunEnd ScoreTimeDrexelD, 44-3610:3914-2L, 50-466:20DrexelT, 52-524:2220-10L, 72-62FinalVillanovaV, 40-366:406-0L, 42-403:59VillanovaV, 44-422:037-0L, 49-44:15@ MSML, 37-3612:4012-2L, 49-376:39UMBCUMBC, 50-407:3411-1L, 52-515:23NiagaraT, 36-3612:1615-4L, 51-405:42CanisiusC, 49-474:496-0L, 53-492:50ColumbiaL, 35-3015:5310-2L, 45-3212:26@ RiderL, 30-2417:3313-2L, 43-2611:36@ ManhattanM, 50-497:259-2L, 58-524:08Saint Peter'sL, 33-3020:0025-8L, 58-389:47RiderL, 41-378:599-2L, 50-394:06
Post Passing: One of the biggest things missing from Loyola's arsenal during Meghan Wood's nine-game absence due to injury was her ability to kick out passes to perimeter players. Despite missing nine contests, Wood is second on the team with 38 assists, and she's distributed six in the last three games, all of them coming on 3-point baskets by the Greyhounds. Fellow post player Vika Sholokhova has gotten into the assist game, too. She has eight in the last three games, as well, but her forte is finding teammates cutting to the hoop for lay-ups.
Keep Them Under 20: Niagara's Sarah Wilson was the ninth opponent to score 20 or more points in a game against the Greyhounds this year. With the loss, Loyola dropped to 3-6 in those games.
The Big 5-Oh: Monday's victory at Siena was the 50th of Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan's career. Entering Friday's game, he is 50-35 in two-plus seasons at Loyola.
Quick To 50: Logan reached the 50-win plateau in just 85 games. Only Loyola's all-time wins leader, Pat Coyle (now the head coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty), has reached 50 victories quicker in Loyola's Division I era. Coyle accomplished the feat in 84 games with her 50th win coming in the MAAC Quarterfinals against Siena on March 3, 1994. Prior to the Greyhounds' competition in NCAA Division I, Anne McCloskey (coach from 1976-1981) won her 50 games in her first 80.
Strong Conference: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has its highest conference RPI ranking in recent history. The MAAC has cemented its mid-major status this season with places of 13th on realtimerpi.com and 14th on Jeff Sagarin's RPI rankings and rpirankings.com, out of the nation's 32 Division I conferences (including D-I Independents).
Few Field Goals: Loyola won on February 15 at home against Rider despite making just 14 field goals, the fewest the team has made in Joe Logan's three year tenure at the College. The 14 buckets are also the fewest the team has produced since making just 11 (11-of-55) in a 54-25 loss to Delaware on December 14, 2003.
Sixties Preservation Society: Loyola is now 7-3 this season when scoring 60 or more points. Their loss at Iona on January 25 snapped a streak of 20-straight wins by the Greyhounds when they scored 60 or more points, dating back to a 75-73 overtime loss at Towson on November 25, 2006. Including this year, Loyola is 39-10 when they score 60 or more during Joe Logan's two-plus years at the College.
Frosh Floor General: Candice Walker has started all nine games at point guard and played the bulk of the minutes at the position. She is the first freshman to start regularly at point guard since the 1991-1992 season when Coleen Colsher took over the position. Colsher started 21 of 27 games that year and led the Greyhounds with 2.9 assists per game. She started 107 games in her career and finished her career as Loyola's all-time leader in assists with 416, although that record has since been broken (467 by Corey Hewitt, 1995-1999). This season, Walker has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week four times.
Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan... Is in his third year at Loyola as a head coach... Including four years at Loyola as an undergraduate student (1992-1996) and four years as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team (1997-2001), Logan has been a fixture on the Evergreen campus for 11 years... He has a 50-37 (.574) career record after guiding the Greyhounds to 20-10 and 18-12 records in his first two seasons... He was named the Anaconda Sports Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2006-2007... His teams have made the MAAC Championships Semifinals both years, advancing to the Championship Game in 2006 and the Semifinals in 2007... During his short tenure as head coach, four of Logan's student-athletes have earned All-MAAC honors, and two have been named MAAC Sixth Player of the Year... Logan's teams are 25-11 (.694) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.