Nov. 15, 2008
Loyola Greyhounds @ South Florida Bulls
Game No. 2 Sunday, November 16, 2008 2 p.m.
Tampa, Fla. Sun Dome
Less than 24 hours after a season-opening victory over Harvard, Loyola will take on host South Florida in the Championship Game of the USF Shootout. The teams will tip-off at 2 p.m., or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Central Connecticut State-Harvard Consolation Game in the Sun Dome.
Sunday's game will be the first meeting between Loyola and South Florida.
Last Time Out
The Greyhounds led by as many as 15 in the second half and held off a Crimson run, defeating Harvard, 78-69, on Saturday in the first game of the tournament. Kaitlin Grant led Loyola with 21 points, while Erica DiClemente had a team-best eight rebounds.
Loyola is now 2-2 in season-openers under Joe Logan.
Kaitlin's Career Game
Kaitlin Grant scored 13 in the first half against Harvard and finished with a career-high 21 points.
Her previous best was 16 at Iona (1/25/08).
She matched her career highs in free throws made (7) and attempted (8) in the game and logged new bests in field goals made (7) and attempted (13).
Grant also pulled down seven rebounds and had two assists and two steals. She played the final 14:22 with three fouls.
Strong Second For Shevy
Siobhan Prior didn't start the game well, missing her only first-half shot and going 1-of-5 from the line before the break.
After halftime, however, she scored 15 of her 16 points.
Erica DiClemente put together a solid all-around game versus the Crimson. She scored nine points, all in the first half and led Loyola with eight rebounds and 38 minutes played.
It was the second time in her career that DiClemente has led Loyola in rebounds or minutes played.
Loyola made just four of its first 12 shots and trailed 14-11 with 11:58 to go in the first half.
The Greyhounds went on a 26-12 run over the next 8:28 to lead 37-23 with 3:30 to play before halftime.
Candice Walker didn't score in the first half, but she recorded a career-high seven assists, six in the first half.
She had six in three games last year.
Taste of Italy
Loyola took a 10-day tour of Italy during August, playing four games against local teams. The Greyhounds went 3-1, defeating three Italian League teams and falling to the Swiss National Team. For more on the trip, visit the women's basketball page on loyolagreyhounds.com.
Loyola was picked to finish 5th out of 10 teams in the MAAC by the conference's coaches.
Walker Garners Preseason Nod
Sophomore point guard Candice Walker was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team by the league's coaches.
Walker earned MAAC All-Rookie honors last season after leading conference freshmen in points per game (8.2), assists (83) and minutes per game (32.7).
She started all 30 games at point guard in 2007-2008 for Loyola, becoming the first freshman to start at the position for the Greyhounds since Coleen Colsher in 1991-1992. Walker also set a Loyola record for assists in a season by a freshman with 83.
Siobhan As A Starter
Loyola's top returning scorer, Siobhan Prior entered the starting lineup on December 22, 2007, and was in the opening five for the rest of the season, 21 games.
Including her 16-point effort in the first game this year, she has averaged 10.5 points and 32.5 minutes per game.
Kaitlin Grant is the Greyhounds' top returning rebounder this season after averaging 4.4 boards per game a year ago.
She then went on to lead the Greyhounds in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and steals (4.5 spg) on the team's four-game Italian tour.
More Posting Up
Meredith Tolley also played very well in the post during the last half of the season. She stepped into the starting lineup for a 10-game stretch (1/25-2/24), averaging 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Tolley also made 48.5-percent of her shots from the field as a starter.
On Loyola's Italian Tour, she continued her solid play, finishing second on the team in points (14.5) and rebounds (10.3) per game during the four games.
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 finishes 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).
Caps And Gowns
With Tynisha Davis and Vika Sholokhova receiving their Loyola bachelors degrees -- Meghan Wood earned hers in 2007 and was pursuing her masters last year -- all 12 student-athletes who were seniors on Logan-coached teams have graduated.
Greyhounds In The Pros
Vika Sholokhova has moved her game across the Atlantic Ocean and is playing for Extrugasa Vilagarcia in the Spanish First Division.
2007 Graduate Jill Glessner is in her second season with the Nottingham Wildcats in the British Basketball League.
Head Coach Joe Logan
Joe Logan enters his fourth year as the head coach at his alma mater with a 52-39 (.571) overall record.
He recorded the 50th win of his career last season when Loyola defeated Siena in Loudonville, N.Y., on January 18, 2008.
Only Pat Coyle, now the coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty, reached that plateau in a shorter amount of time. The Loyola all-time wins leader picked up her 50th victory in the MAAC Quarterfinals against Siena on March 3, 1994, her 84th game as head coach.
Logan, who is 25-12 in games at Reitz Arena, has been a fixture on Loyola's campus for 12 of the last 16 seasons. He was an undergraduate at the college from 1992-1996, and spent the 1997-2001 seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to returning as head coach, he was an assistant at St. Joseph's from 2001-2005.
Loyola opens its home schedule on Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. against Towson.
The Greyhounds host Maryland, ranked third in the Preseason Associated Press poll, on Tuesday, December 9.
Throughout the season, the Greyhounds will promote the `Pink Zone,' a WBCA initiative to raise funds for breast cancer research. Fans can donate $1 at the Loyola box office.