March 4, 2006
Albany, N.Y. - Sunday the Loyola College women's basketball will face Marist in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. It is the first time since 1998 that the Greyhounds have made an appearance in the championship game.
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Marist holds a 16-11 advantage in the series with Loyola that began in 1985. Marist won the first two meetings in the 1985-86 season before the Greyhounds even the score at 2-2 with wins in the 1986-87 season. The Red Foxes took a 6-2 advantage in the series with four straight wins in the next two seasons. The teams picked up their series while playing in the MAAC in 1997-98 and throughout the next six seasons, the Greyhounds evened out the score at 10-10. Marist's first-round tournament win over Loyola in 2003 started a six-game win streak for the Red Foxes over Loyola. The Greyhounds put an end to that streak with a 62-59 win at Reitz Arena earlier this year.
These two teams have met just once in the MAAC Tournament. Marist topped Loyola 72-69 in the first round in 2003 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Marist held a slim 32-29 lead at the half but the Greyhounds continued to battle. With the score set at 45-36 with 12:29 to play, Loyola scored 11 straight points to take a 50-45 lead with 8:49 left. Loyola never relinquished that lead in the 62-59 final. Jill Glessner posted a career-high 20 points while Lauren Troupe chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Marist, Fifi Camara scored 20 points while adding 13 rebounds. Kristen Vilardi added 11 points.
Marist's most recent loss came to Loyola, 62-59 in Reitz Arena. Since then the Red Foxes have strung together three wins. Prior to the loss to the Greyhounds, Marist had won seven straight.
SCOUTING THE RED FOXES
MAAC Player of the Year Fifi Camara leads the Red Foxes in scoring and rebounding at 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. She also leads in steals with 1.9 per game. Following Camara in both scoring and rebounding is Meg Dahlman. Dahlman averages 14.7 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. She leads the team in blocks with 1.3 per game. Alisa Kresge is Marist and the MAAC's assist leader at 5.7 per game.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Senior Lauren Troupe continues to lead her team in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game. She's followed by Jill Glessner at 10.3 points, Jackie Valderas at 9.8, Krystle Harrington and Brittany Dunn at 9.6 points per game. Valderas leads in rebounds (6.3) and blocks (1.6). Harrington is the team's assists leader at 4.1 per game while Dunn leads in steals at 2.1 per game.
THE LAST TIME...
The last time Loyola won the MAAAcC Championship was in 1995. The Greyhounds won back-to-back titles, taking home the trophy in 1994 and 1995.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Senior Katie Scherle scored a season-high 19 points in Saturday's semi-final game vs. Canisius. Her previous season best was 15 points vs. both Long Island and Manhattan.
Senior Krystle Harrington has led the Greyhounds in the two of the last three games. In the regular season finale she scored 19 points over Fairfield while putting up 16 versus Manhattan in the semi-finals.
The Loyola College women's basketball team has not appeared in a MAAC Championship game since 1998 when the `Hounds fell to Fairfield 59-53 at the Pepsi Arena. Loyola has also made it to the championship in 1994 and 1995 (both seasons winning the title) and in 1993.
The Greyhounds are currently on a six game win streak, their largest this season. Loyola has put together two five game streak as well as two four game streaks this season in addition to winning back-to-back games twice. The last six game win streak for Loyola was late in the 1998-99 season when the beat Marist (58-52), Siena (68-60), Marist (66-53), Canisius (72-58), Niagara (87-77) and Iona (59-51). That win streak came to an end in the semifinals of the MAAC Championship to Saint Peter's, 53-47. The last seven game win streak the Greyhounds had was in the 1997-98 season.
SECOND MOST VICTORIES
With 20 wins on the season, Loyola has tied the second most victories in school history this season. Loyola posted 20 wins in the 1994-95 season when they won the MAAC Tournament and during the 1997-98 season. The Greyhounds also posted a school record 21 wins in the 1998-99 season. Head coach Joe Logan was with the women's basketball squad in each of those seasons, as a manager in 1994-95 and as an assistant coach in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 season.
Loyola's current record of 20-9 overall is the best record since the 1998-99 squad finished 21-7.
BEST SINCE PART TWO
The 13-5 conference record is the best MAAC record for the `Hounds since the 1998-99 and 1997-98 seasons. Loyola finished 13-5 in league play during both those seasons.
TOP FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH
First-year head coach Joe Logan currently posts the best record (20--9) as a first-year head coach. With a win over Manhattan on Friday, he passed Anne McCloskey who had a 18-5 record in the 1976-77 season to become the winningest first-year head coach in Loyola history.
CLOSE TO BREAKING
The Greyhounds are within reach of a few Loyola records but will most likely need more than one game to break them.Top 15 in Rebounding: Jackie Valderas is eight rebounds away from tying for 15th place on Loyola's all-time list. She currently has 537 boards in her career.Most Assists in a Season: Record held by Corey Hewitt 91996-97) at 136 assists. Krystle Harrington currently has 118 assists this season.Most Blocks in a Season: Record held by Justine Shay (1989-90, 1990-91) with 52 blocks. Jackie Valderas currently has 46 blocks this season.Most Blocks in a Season: Record held by the 1998-99 team with 106. Loyola has 105 on the season to date.Most Steals in a Season: Record held by Lorrie Schenning (1988-89) with 75 steals. Brittany Dunn currently has 64 this season.Highest Field-Goal Percentage: Record held by 1994-95 team at 44.8% (712-1591). Loyola posts 44.5% mark (715-1608) currently.