Women's Basketball Set to Battle Third-Ranked Terrapins

Nov. 17, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola continues its road swing with a 7 p.m. match-up on Tuesday, November 20 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland, against the University of Maryland... The Terrapins are ranked third in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls, as of Nov. 12... The game can be viewed live on The game is the first this season Loyola has played against a team not from Philadelphia... It is the first of four the Greyhounds will play against foes from the State of Maryland.

Trend Setting: Loyola has not led at the half in a game this season. The Greyhounds have trailed by 10 against Drexel, six versus Villanova and five at La Salle. Yet, Loyola defeated the Dragons and Wildcats and was edged by one after leading late at the Explorers. The team has never trailed at the half in three-straight games during Joe Logan's tenure as head coach.

Series Notes: Maryland and Loyola will meet for the 17th time in series history on Tuesday night... The Terrapins came to Reitz Arena on December 21, 2006, ranked first in the nation and as the defending national champions, and beat Loyola, 110-55... Tuesday's match-up is the return game in the series... In Maryland wins, the Terrapins average a 25.4 point margin of victory, while the Greyhounds average a 6.3 margin in their three victories.

You Look Familiar: The game will be a reunion for players in the starting line-ups of each team. Candice Walker and Marah Strickland are in the starting five for Loyola and Maryland, respectively, just five months after graduating from Towson Catholic High School.

Rest for the Weary: Tuesday's contest will be the first for Loyola in six days after playing its first three games of the year in the same span. The Greyhounds last played on Wednesday, November 14.

Across the Pond: 2007 Loyola graduate Jill Glessner is playing professionally in England for the Nottingham Wildcats of the English Professional League Division I. In her first game, Glessner led the Wildcats to an 86-42 win over the Sevenoaks Suns on November 10. Glessner scored 23 in her debut.

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.

Low Scoring Stretch: The 99 points put up by the Greyhounds in their last two games are the fewest the team has produced in back-to-back contests since scoring just 78 in two games during the early part of 2003-2004. Loyola lost to Delaware 54-25 on December 14, 2003, then lost 70-53 at Georgetown on December 21. The 25 points scored against the Blue Hens are tied for the second-fewest by the Greyhounds in a game all-time.

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, 44-422:037-0L, 49-44:15

On the Flip Side: The Greyhounds experienced the other side of the run versus La Salle. The Explorers went on a 17-2 run from the 11:27 mark in the first half until Ashley Alexander made a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining before halftime.

Solid at the Line: As of November 16, Loyola leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in free throw percentage, shooting .741 from the line through its first three games. 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. They were not as good at La Salle, although they did not have many opportunities. Loyola went to the line just four times against the Explorers and did not convert any.

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).

Battling Turnovers: Loyola was not as careful with the ball against La Salle, committing a season-high 19 turnovers. The Greyhounds were better in the second half, however, giving the ball away only six times. Nine of those turnovers came during La Salle's 17-2 run in the first half.

Wood's Generosity: Meghan Wood has done an excellent job of sharing the ball early this season. She leads the Greyhounds with 11 assists through three games after finishing with 26 through all of 2006-2007. Wood had just two assists after the first two games of last year and did not dish out her 11th assist until the seventh game of the year.

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. She has scored in double figures in each of Loyola's games.

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 40-23 (.635) 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 Terrapins: Brenda Frese is in her sixth year as head coach in College Park... The University of Arizona graduate (Class of 1993) has piloted the Terrapins to a 116-51 record (through Nov. 17) during her tenure and led Maryland to the 2006 NCAA Division I Championship... As of November 17, Kristi Toliver leads Maryland with a 19.0 points per game average... Marissa Coleman adds 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Laura Harper is averaging 13.5 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per game.

The Last Meeting: Maryland came to Reitz Arena on December 21, 2006, as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and defeated Loyola, 110-55. The Terrapins used runs of 11-0 and 23-0, shooting 61-percent from the field, to run away with the win. The crowd, a sellout of 2,862 fans, was the largest in Loyola women's basketball history (at home). Maryland scored 46 of its points in the paint and made nine 3-pointers. All five Terrapins scored in double-figures, led by 21 from Marissa Coleman. Jade Perry added 15 off the bench. Jill Glessner led Loyola with 13, while Meghan Wood added 11.

Up Next: Loyola plays two more road contests before returning to Reitz Arena on December 3 at 7 p.m. against UMBC. The Greyhounds travel back to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. game versus Pennsylvania at The Palestra on November 25, then heads to Mount St. Mary's for a 5 p.m. game on December 1.