Women's Basketball Starts Off Week With Road Trip to Bucknell

Nov. 23, 2009

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This Week: Bucknell and Mount St. Mary's

Bucknell Bison (1-3 overall, 0-0 Patriot)
Loyola Greyhounds (2-2 overall, 0-0 MAAC)
When: Tuesday, November 24
Where: Sojka Pavillion (Lewsiburg, Pa.)
Time: 7 p.m.

Mount St. Mary's Mounties (2-1 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Loyola Greyhounds (2-2 overall, 0-0 MAAC)
When: Saturday, November 28
Where: Knott Arena (Emmitsburg, Md.)
Time: 3 p.m.

Starting Off
After opening the season 2-0, the Greyhounds faltered this weekend in Annapolis, going down 0-2 against Navy and Tulane. Miriam McKenzie and Meredith Tolley shouldered the scoring load for the `Hounds as the team fell victim to second-half shooting woes. Tolley scored a season-high 22 Friday night against Navy and McKenzie picked up her second straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Saturday against Tulane, McKenzie scored a game-high 20. It was the third time in just four games the sophomore guard has scored at least 20 points.

Scouting the Bison
Bucknell snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday, with a home win over Fordham. Three players scored in double-digits, with Morgan Wrightson leading the way with 25 points. Junior forward Joyce Novacek turned in 10 points and pulled down a career-high 15 boards. The Bison had a strong showing against the Rams Saturday, but struggled against three tough teams prior, falling to Miami (Ohio), Penn State and Loyola's Metro Atlatic Athletic Conference Foe Iona.

Scouting The Mount
The Mount moved to 2-1 on the season with a Saturday win at Radford. Mary Dunn paced the Mount with 16 points and seven boards. Dunn currently leads the Mount, averaging 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Last season, the Greyhounds went on a 7-0 run late in the game against Mount St. Mary's at home. Meredith Tolley hit a game-winner to seal a 55-54 victory for the Greyhounds.

Stolen Goods
In limited action off the bench, freshman forward Alyssa Sutherland has managed eight takeaways, the second-most on the team behind Kaitlin Grant's 10. Sutherland started the season off with four against Army in Loyola's home-opener, keying a second-half surge for the Greyhounds. Sutherland has excelled in transition, taking most of those steals to the hoop for fastbreak layups. Against Tulane in the Navy Classic, Sutherland put up career-high numbers in points (seven) and rebounds (six) while grabbing a game-high three steals.

McKenzie's Magic
Miriam McKenzie quickly established herself as an offensive force during opening weekend. Making the most of her first two career starts, the sophomore guard out of Columbia, Md., put up a total 44 total points, 15 rebounds and four assists in the first two games of the season. Last Friday in the season-opener at La Salle, McKenzie more than doubled her previous career-high of 11 points with 23 in the Greyhounds' 69-55 win over the Explorers. McKenzie broke out early, putting up 18 easily in the first half. She nearly bested that performance Sunday, in Loyola's home opener, posting her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Going Postal
The first week of play featured two dominant post players on opposing teams and Loyola's senior post player Kaitlin Grant making big contributions. Grant put in two double-digit point performances with 19 at La Salle and 16 against Army. The defense of Grant, Erica DiClemente and Meredith Tolley nearly shut down post players Morgan Robertson (La Salle) and Erin Anthony (Army), limiting the two players to little more than free throws. Backup post player, freshman Alyssa Sutherland, also stepped up with four big steals in the second half against Army.

Grant Gets Preseason Nod
Senior Forward Kaitlin Grant was named preseason all-conference at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day in New York, N.Y., last month, being a awarded a third-team projection. Grant has played in all of Loyola's 90 games over the past three seasons and was last year's team MVP. The senior forward averaged 11.2 points per game and led Loyola with 8.1 rebounds per game and 55 steals and was second on the team with 97 assists. One of the MAAC's top rebounders last season, Grant had seven double-doubles and her team-high .486 field-goal percentage was fourth in the MAAC.

Lucky No. 7
The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the coaches' poll during last months' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day, in New York, N.Y. Loyola received a total of 49 points in the poll. With 100 points, four-time defending champion Marist was unanimously picked as the conference's champs for the upcoming season and the Red Foxes' Rachele Fitz was touted as the preseason Player of the Year choice. Fitz has taken top honors in the MAAC the past two seasons and was named Rookie of the Year after her freshman season. Iona received 90 points and was the unanimous second place pick.

Fresh Faces
The Greyhounds added two new freshmen to the mix this season. Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland come to Evergreen after standout prep careers. Sheahin, a guard out of nearby Brookeville, was a decorated player at Our Lady of Good Counsel. During her time with the Falcons, Sheahin was named Team MVP and helped her team to a 2005-2006 WCAC Championship and a No. 1 final ranking by the Washington Post. Sutherland, a forward, was a three-sport athlete at West Genesee High School in Syracuse, N.Y., and set the school's all-time scoring record. Both come from athletic backgrounds. Sutherland's mother played soccer at LeMoyne College and her father was an All-American wrestler at Buffalo. Sheahin's father played football for Ole' Miss and her two older brothers currently play football at Salisbury and Towson.