Feb. 28, 2010
Siena Saints (10-16 overall, 8-9 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (13-15 overall, 8-9 MAAC)
When: Sunday, February 28
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 3:30 p.m.
The `Hounds will close out the 2009-2010 regular season with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest against Siena, Sunday at Reitz Arena. The game will follow the Loyola's men's basketball game against Manhattan. Sunday will also be Pink Zone and Senior Day.
Grant is a three-year starter at the post and was voted team MVP as a junior. Grant has lived up to that billing, making some significant contributions on the court throughout her career as a Greyhound. Last season, Grant tied Kiah Stokes' single-game steals record with eight and topped her own mark this season, swiping 12 on November 28 against Mount St. Mary's. Currently, Grant is five steals away from tying the single-season record of 75. She will end her career at No. 7 on Loyola's all-time rebound list and is currently 19th all-time with 965 career points.
Carey overcame significant injuries early in her career to take the job as Loyola's starting point guard this season. Healthy this season, her presence was felt immediately. In the second game of the season, Carey scored a career-high 11 points and led a second-half run that lifted the Greyhounds over Army. She matched that high against No. 22 Maryland. Her 11 points was a team-high number against the Terps.
Last Time Out
While, it might not have been the prettiest win, it was a win, no less, Sunday in Riverdale, N.Y. Katie Sheahin sunk a trio of threes in the final six minutes and two key triples in the final four to life Loyola over Manhattan, 45-41. The two were tied 39-39 for more than two minutes late in the second half until Meredith Tolley connected on two shots from the stripe. Sheahin then took the ball away from the Jaspers on their next possession and got it back on a no-look from Tolley for her game-winning three. The freshman guard, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals, then hit one final free throw with just 13 seconds left.
The Saints: Take Two
Since the Saints last played the `Hounds, the two have finished out the conference season similarly. After snapping a three-game losing streak, won three of six. The two opponents come into the game tied for fifth place with an 8-9 conference record. Post player Serena Moore and guard Allie Lindeman continue to lead the Saints, averaging 13.3 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Lindeman is one of the top three-point shooters in the MAAC, connecting on 41 percent from behind the arc in conference games. Moore and forward Sarah Fullmer are a physical duo at the low post and pull down the bulk of the boards for the Saints, averaging 7.6 and 6.4 each.
Last Time Against the Siena: Siena 59, Loyola 33
Loyola couldn't get shots to fall in Albany, managing just a season-low 33. While the Saints shot just 36.5 percent from the field, the Greyhounds couldn't match them, shooting just 20.8 percent. Siena crashed the boards hard and out-rebounded Loyola 46-30. Miriam McKenzie was the only Greyhound to get anything done against Siena, scoring 13 points.
This will be the 45th meeting between the two teams. Siena holds the edge in the all-time series, leading 27-18. The Saints have won the last three 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 fifth in the conference with 7.7 rebounds per game. She continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring (16.6 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 an 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.
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.Snapping the StreakLoyola'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.
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.