Nov. 25, 2008
vs. Bucknell Bison
Game No. 5 • Saturday, November 29, 2008
Baltimore, Md. • Reitz Arena
•The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for their second home game of the 2008-2009 season. They host Bucknell at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 29. The game is one of Loyola's 14 home contests this season.
•Saturday's game will be the seventh all-time meeting between Loyola and Bucknell, the first coming during the 1984-1985 season and the most recent last year.
•The Bison evened the series record at 3-3 with a 59-56 victory on December 31, 2007, in Sojka Pavilion.
•Kristina Collymore made an 18-foot jumper with just under 30 seconds left to break a 56-56 tie and lift Bucknell to the victory. On the previous possession, Tynisha Davis made a layup and was fouled - she hit the ensuing free throw - to tie the game at 56.
•Davis led the Greyhounds with 16 points, while Vika Sholokhova had 10 rebounds. Kesha Champion and Amanda Brown each scored 18 for Bucknell, and Hope Foster added 15.
•At least three Loyola players have scored 10 or more points in the Greyhounds first four games in 2008-2009. The Greyhounds did not accomplish that in the last five games of 2007-2008 managed it in just 13 of 30 games all last year.
Last Time Out
•Loyola used a 14-5 run to start the second half to go up 39-29 with just over 13 minutes to play. Siobhan Prior scored 13 of her 15 in the second half, 6 during that run.
•Loyola later went up by 15, but Army cut its deficit to four with over a minute left. Prior and Kaitlin Grant each hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
•Grant scored 16 to lead all scorers, and she grabbed eight rebounds.
Stepped Up Shooting
•Loyola is shooting .439 from the field through four games, a marked improvement from the .375 the Greyhounds shot last season.
•From behind the 3-point arc, Loyola is 23-of-62 (.371), up from .279 a year ago.
•The Greyhounds have also increased their assist numbers, averaging 13.8 through the first four after tallying just 10.4 per game last year.
Getting To The Line
•Loyola has attempted an average of more than 20 free throws per game through four contests, making 59-of-81 attempts.
•Kaitlin Grant (22-of-26), Erica DiClemente (14-of-17) and Siobhan Prior (9-of-14) have all visited the charity stripe more than 10 times.
Better On The Boards
•After being outrebounded in their first two games, Loyola had a 35-34 lead in rebounds against Towson.
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 four games this year, she has averaged 10.8 points and 32.5 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 25 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 53-41 (.564) 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.