Nov. 21, 2008
@ Army Black Knights
Game No. 4 Sunday, November 23, 2008
West Point, N.Y. Christl Arena
Loyola returns to the road on Sunday, November 23, when the Greyhounds take on the U.S. Military Academy at 12 p.m. in Cristl Arena. The game will be the first of six Loyola will play in the State of New York this season.
Sunday's game will not be broadcast on loyolagreyhounds.com, however, a live stats link will be available.
Sunday's game will be the first meeting between Loyola and the Black Knights.
At least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more points in the Greyhounds first three games in 2008-2009. The Greyhounds did not accomplish that feat in the last five games of last season.
Last Time Out
Meredith Tolley took a Candice Walker pass on the left side and hit a 3-pointer, cutting Towson's one-time 10-point lead to two with 2:46 to play.
The Tigers, however, scored on their next possession and held off the Greyhounds rally.
Loyola trailed 11-2 in the opening minutes, but the Greyhounds rallied to take a lead late in the first half and again in the second.
Kaitlin Grant scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, tying her career-high.
First Half Leader
With Loyola down 11-2 in the first half, Siobhan Prior put the Greyhounds on her back. She scored 15 points in the first half, bringing the Greyhounds back into the game.
Better On The Boards
After being outrebounded in their first two games, Loyola had a 35-34 lead in rebounds against Towson.
The Greyhounds also had eight offensive boards, their most this season.
Kaitlin's Career Game(s)
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).
Grant then recorded her second career double-double against Towson with 13 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
Candice's Career-High x2
For the second time in three games, Candice Walker set a career-high in assists this season.
She had seven against Harvard, then moved her high up to eight against Towson.
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 set a Loyola mark for assists 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 three games this year, she has averaged 10.7 points and 32.7 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 24 games.
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).
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 52-41(.565) overall record.
He recorded the 50th win of his career last season when Loyola defeated Siena in Loudonville, N.Y., on January 18.
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.