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Women's Basketball Hosts Drexel on Friday in Season-Opener

Nov. 6, 2007

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Game #1 - Loyola (0-0) vs. Drexel (0-0)
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 7 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland - Reitz Arena


Game Data: The Greyhounds opens their 2007-2008 campaign with a 7 p.m. game against the Drexel Dragons on Friday, November 9... The game is the first of 13 the Greyhounds will play this season in Reitz Arena... It is the first time Loyola and Drexel have met to open a season and only the third time they have met in the first half of a season.

First Game Facts: Loyola open its 37th season of women's basketball on Friday and are 15-21 all-time in their season openers... is riding a streak of five-straight losses in its first game of the year... The last win came on November 16, 2001 when the Greyhounds defeated Akron on the road, 69-57... Loyola has been more successful when beginning its season at home, winning 10 of 17 contests.

Early Opening: November 9 will be the earliest in a calendar year that Loyola has played a regular-season game... Last year's season opener, a 75-69 loss at Columbia, was the previous earliest game,

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 38-22 (.633) 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 18-7 (.720) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Dragons: Denise Dillon begins her fifth season at Drexel where she has amassed a 54-63 (.462) record... The Dragons went 10-21 last season and finished ninth in the conference with a 4-14 record... Sophomore forward Gabriela Marginean is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder... She earned Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the All-CAA Third Team in 2006-2007 after averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 31 starts... Senior guard Narissa Suber also started every game last season and was the team's second-leading scorer at 12.5 ppg... Suber scored her 1,000th career point against Towson on February 11 of last season and enters 2007-2008 with 1,096 points, good for 12th on Drexel's all-time list... Senior guard Andrea Peterson led the team in assists after becoming eligible midway through the season... The transfer from St. John's averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 22 games last year.

The Last Meeting: Loyola recorded its first-ever win over Drexel last season, 66-57, on November 12, 2006, in the second game of each teams' season... Jill Glessner and Brittany Dunn each scored 17 for the Greyhounds, while Tynisha Davis added 15... Glessner added a team-high eight rebounds... Gabriela Marginean was the only Drexel player in double-figures, but she scored 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting. She notched her first collegiate double-double with 12 rebounds... Loyola led by just three, 48-45, with 7:26 remaining, but Loyola went to the free-throw line 13 times in the final five minutes to seal the win.

Big Shoes to Fill: In addition to the leadership that was provided by last year's senior class - Brittany Dunn, Jill Glessner, Vanessa Ruffin and Ebony Toliver - the Greyhounds lost a big portion of their statistical production. The foursome contributed 985 points, 51.1-percent of Loyola's output; 230 assists, 65.2-percent; and 339 rebounds, 31.5-percent.

Words on Woody: Meghan Wood is the only player on Loyola's roster who started more than 15 games last season. She returned from a back injury that kept her out of the 2005-2006 season to average 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a redshirt junior. Wood came by her rebounding average honestly, as she had fewer than five rebounds only four times during the 2006-2007 season. She was also a consistent scorer, hitting double-figures in points 13 times and added eight or more in 20 outings. Wood graduated last year with a bachelor of business administration degree in economics. She is currently working toward her master's of education in administration and supervision. In addition to the time she spends in class and on the court, Wood has an internship with US Lacrosse in Baltimore.

Sholokhova Scratch: Vika Sholokhova was a critical part of Loyola's success when she began playing in December after fulfilling her NCAA-required year of residency since transferring from Pittsburgh. She averaged 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game She posted double-doubles in six games and had a career-high 22 points against Iona on January 25.

Up Next: Loyola continues its homestand to open the season when it hosts Villanova on Sunday, November 11, at 2:30 p.m. The game is part of a Greyhounds' triple-header with the men's basketball team opening its home schedule with a 12 p.m. tipoff against Pennsylvania, and the volleyball team closing its regular-season at 2:30 p.m. against Iona.