Women's Basketball Hits Road for First Time; Head North on I-95 to Face La Salle

Nov. 13, 2007

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Game Data: The Greyhounds play their third game of the season on Wednesday, November 14, in Tom Gola Arena, at 7 p.m. versus La Salle... The game is Loyola's third in six days and its first road contest of the year... The Explorers represent the third conference Loyola has gone up against (Colonial Athletic, BIG EAST and Atlantic-10), but all three of Loyola's opponents have been from Philadelphia.

2-And-Oh!: Loyola's two wins mark the first time since the 1998-1999 season that the Greyhounds have opened 2-0. That year, Loyola defeated Maryland and UMBC in its first two games. In fact, it is just the eight 2-0 start in the program's 37 years of play. Four of those starts came in a row from 1975-1978.

Over The Hill: If 40 is over the hill, then Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan is happy to be there. The victory over Villanova was the 40th of Logan's head coaching career against only 22 losses. And, by the way, he's not close to 40 age-wise... he's only 33.

Series Notes: La Salle and Loyola have not met in women's basketball since the 1992 season when both schools were part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference... Wednesday's game will be the eight all-time between the programs, with La Salle coming out victorious in seven of them... La Salle is on a five-game winning streak against the Greyhounds with Loyola's last win, 79-73, coming in Philadelphia during the 1979-1980 season..

Common Opponent: Although they have played only a combined three games, La Salle and Loyola already have a common opponent. The Explorers lost to Villanova, 64-58, in their first game of the year, while Loyola defeated the Wildcats, 49-47, in its second.

Hopefully Not A Habit: Loyola has built a penchant through two games from come-from-behind wins. The Greyhounds trailed by 10 ,33-23, at the half in the season-opener versus Drexel before outscoring the Dragons by 20 after the break. Loyola then fell behind Villanova by six on Sunday, 26-20, at halftime and trailed by as many as 12, 35-23, in the second half. The Greyhounds again rallied to take a late lead and hold off the Wildcats down the stretch.

How Low Can You Go?: Loyola's 49 points against Villanova were the fewest the Greyhounds have scored in a winning effort since defeating Iona 49-46 on January 18, 1998. It was, however, nowhere near the fewest points Loyola has scored in a win throughout the program's history. The Greyhounds twice won games by scoring just 34 points when they defeated neighboring College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 34-29 and 34-22 during the 1972-1973 season.

Running Ways: In Loyola's two wins to start the year, the Greyhounds engineered a couple of runs that paced them to the victories. Here's a look at the details:

OpponentStart ScoreTimeRunEnd ScoreTimeDrexelD, 39-3015:436-0D, 39-3614:21DrexelD, 44-3610:3914-2L, 50-466:20DrexelT, 52-524:2220-10L, 72-62FinalVillanovaV, 40-366:406-0L, 42-403:59VillanovaV, 44-422:037-0W, 49-44:15

Five Over 10: Against Drexel, all five of Loyola's starters finished in double figures scoring. The last time all five Greyhounds starters achieved that feat was on January 10, 2005, in a 66-56 win over Siena. In that game, Katie Sherle led Loyola with 14 points, while Krystle Harrington and Brittany Dunn each had 11, and Ebony Toliver and Lauren Troupe added 10 a piece.

Solid at the Line: In Loyola's first two games, the Greyhounds made 80-percent of their free throws, 40-of-50, from the line. In the Villanova game, the Greyhounds made 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes to seal the victory. Loyola made 27-of-33 free throws against Drexel, 25-of-31 in the second half. The Greyhounds made their last 14 free throw attempts of the game, all coming in the final 3:06 of play.

The Turnover Battle: The Greyhounds came out ahead in the turnover margin against Drexel. Loyola gave the ball away only nine times, while forcing 11 Dragons turnovers. Last year, the Greyhounds had fewer than 10 turnovers only three times, the last coming at Canisius on February 1, 2007. Although Loyola had a negative assist-to-turnover ratio, 7-to-8, against Villanova, the Greyhounds did force more Wildcats turnovers (10).

Assisting the Cause: Loyola finished the Drexel game with 13 assists, all but one of them coming from three players. Candice Walker led all players with five, while Meghan Wood tied her career-high with four, and Vika Sholokhova added three. Meredith Tolley added Loyola's other assist.

Good Ratio: Loyola finished with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio only four times last season in 30 games and just once in the last 12 contests. Versus the Dragons, however, Loyola had 13 assists to nine turnovers. Freshman point guard Candice Walker had five assists without a turnover in her first collegiate game.

First Time Leader: Erica DiClemente led Loyola in scoring with 10 points on Sunday against, marking the first time in her collegiate career that she has led the Greyhounds in scoring.

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 40-22 (.645) 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 20-7 (.741) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Explorers: Tom Lochner is in his fourth year at La Salle and enters the game with a 42-45 career record... La Salle trailed by eight at the half against Villanova on opening night, but cut the Wildcats lead to just two, 54-52, with 1:46 left in the game... Villanova made two 3-pointers and four free throws, however, in the closing seconds to defeat the Explorers... Carlene Hightower led La Salle with 20 points and 13 boards, while Jamie Walsh chipped in 10 points....The Explorers had nine players see 10 or more minutes of action in the game, while eight played 16 or more minutes.

The Last Meeting: Five La Salle players scored in double figures, as the Explorers beat Loyola, 106-67, in Philadelphia on February 1, 1992... The 106 points are the third most scored against Loyola in school history... Jennifer Cole, who had scored 30 against the Greyhounds less than a month earlier, led all players with 22 points, while Lisa Rusan added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Explorers... Patty Stoffey scored 21 for the Greyhounds, as La Salle improved to 17-3, 8-1 in the MAAC, with 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.

Up Next: The Greyhounds continue their swing away from Reitz Arena, as they play November 20 at Maryland, November 25 at Pennsylvania and December 1 at Mount St. Mary's before returning to Reitz Arena for a 7 p.m. contest on December 3 against UMBC.