Nov. 18, 2008
vs. Towson Tigers
Game No. 3 Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena
Loyola opens its home schedule in the newly refurbished Reitz Arena on Wednesday, November 19, when it hosts Towson at 7 p.m. The Greyhounds will play 14 games in Reitz this season.
The Greyhounds and Tigers will meet for the 35th time in series history on Wednesday night. Towson holds a 22-12 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1974-75 season when Towson (the Towson State) defeated the Greyhounds, 74-35. The Tigers have won the last two games in the series, including a 72-48 win last year at the Towson Center.
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.
Last Time Out
Six South Florida players scored in double-figures, and the Greyhounds lost, 94-46, to the host team in the Championship Game of the USF Shootout. Despite leading just 7-5 in the first eight minutes, the Bulls went on a 12-2 run to break the game open.
Meredith Tolley tied her career-high with three 3-pointers and led Loyola with 13 points.
Kaitlin Grant topped the team with seven rebounds, while DiClemente and Miriam McKenzie each had five.
After scoring 16 and 10 in the two games at the USF Shootout, Siobhan Prior earned All-Tournament honors.
Meredith Tolley's three 3-pointers against South Florida tied her career-high. She is 5-of-9 from behind the arc this season, shooting at a .556 clip.
Last season, Tolley made 17-of-60 threes (.283).
Few Second Chances
Loyola had just 12 offensive rebounds in its first two games, six against both Harvard and South Florida.
The Greyhounds had two second-chance points against the Crimson, four versus the Bulls.
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).
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 against Harvard 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.
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.
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 52-40 (.565) 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.