Women's Basketball Looks for Third Win Against Penn on Sunday

Nov. 23, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola returns to Philadelphia for the second time this season for a 1 p.m. tip-off at The Palestra on Sunday, November 25, 2007, against the University of Pennsylvania... The game is the Greyhounds forth this season, third against a team from Philadelphia... Loyola's men played two games in The Palestra over the Thanksgiving holiday as part of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

Cheesesteak Anyone?: Loyola women's basketball has become well acquainted with teams from the Philadelphia area early this season. The Greyhounds defeated Drexel and Villanova in their first two games of the season before suffering their first loss at La Salle on November 14.

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 , five at La Salle. and 26 at Maryland 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 four-straight games during Joe Logan's tenure as head coach.

Series Notes: Penn and Loyola meet for the sixth time in series history on Saturday. The Greyhounds defeated Penn, 75-63, on New Year's Eve of 2006 at Reitz Arena. Last season, the teams renewed the series that had not been played since the 1996-1997 seasons. Loyola has won three of four match-ups in Philadelphia and both games that have been played in Reitz Arena.

Close Calls: The Loyola-Penn series has been a relatively close one. The Greyhounds have won four times by an average of 12.75 points, while the Quakers picked up their lone with by eight.

Big Opponent, Big Night: At 6-foot-3, Vika Sholokhova is often the tallest player on the court, but against third-ranked Maryland, Sholkhova had several players at her height. It did not deter her scoring effort, however, as the senior from Saint Petersburg, Russia, led all players with a season-high 20 points.

Consistent DiCle: Erica DiClemente has scored in double-figures in each of Loyola's four games this year, leading the team for the first time with 10 against Villanova. The sophomore has averaged 10.8 points per game through the first four games of the year. She did not score in double figures in back-to-back games at all during her freshman campaign.

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. The Wildcats suffered their first defeat of the year, a 73-60 setback to the UWIC Archers, when Glessner scored 17 on November 17.

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 149 points put up by the Greyhounds in their last three games are the fewest the team has produced in consecutive contests since scoring just 139 in three games during the early part of 2003-2004. Loyola lost 76-61 at Maryland on December 10, 2003, 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

Solid at the Line: As of November 16, Loyola led 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. In the game at Maryland, Loyola reduced its turnovers by two, but the Greyhounds still committed 17.

First-Time Scorers: Alex Berlin and Melissa Bangay each scored their first collegiate points at Maryland. Berlin made one-of-two from the free throw line. Bangay played collegiately for the first time and had a productive eight minutes, scoring four on 2-of-3 shooting and had two offensive boards and a blocked shot.

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 40-24 (.625) 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 Quakers: Penn enters the game with a 1-3 record thus far in 2007-2008 after losing 63-46 to Saint Joseph's on November 20 in a Big-5 game...Carrie Biemer led the Quakers with 11 points against St. Joe's, while Maggie Burgess and Sarah Bucar each had nine... Biemer leads Penn with a 17.0 points per game average and is the only Penn player to average double-figures in scoring... Burgess is the team's top rebounder with a 4.8 per game mark... Penn defeated Elon, 56-54, in its first game of the year, but the Quakers have lost three-straight since -- William & Mary (87-64), Manhattan (66-44) and St. Joe's.

The Last Meeting: Loyola went on an early 12-2 run to post a double-digit lead they would hold through much of the game. Loyola shot 61.5-percent from the field and 55.6 percent from 3-point range in the first half. Although the Greyhounds cooled off, making only 33.3-percent of their shots after the break, they hit all 12 free throws in the second half as Loyola reached the .500 mark with a 6-6 record for the first time in 2006-2007. Jill Glassner led the Greyhounds with 19 points, while Vika Sholokhova scored 10 in her home-debut. Sholokhova and Kaitlin Grant each had eight rebounds, and Ashley Alexander made all three of her shots -- two from 3-point range - to add nine off the bench. Joey Rhoads scored 19 to lead the Quakers, while Monica Naiter had 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Up Next: Loyola plays one more road game on Saturday, December 1, at Knott Arena agains the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers. The 5:30 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast as a tape-delay on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). The Greyhounds then return to Reitz Arena on Monday, December 3, for a 7 p.m. game against UMBC.