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Women's Basketball Plays First Game of Mount Doubleheader on Saturday

Nov. 28, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola travels to Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md., for an intra-state rivalry game against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, December 1, at 5 p.m... The game is the first of a men's/women's doubleheader, as the schools' men's teams meet at 7:30 p.m... Loyola faces an opponent from the State of Maryland for the second time this season (Maryland) and for the first of two-straight games.

TV Time: The game will be Loyola's first television appearance this season. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) will broadcast the contest. Johnny Holliday (play-by-play) and Fred Carter (analyst) will provide the commentary, while Chip Winfield will handle production duties. At least two other Loyola women's games - at Marist (MAAC TV) and against Saint Peter's (MASN) - will be televised this season.

Series Notes: The Greyhounds and Mountaineers meet for the 30th time on Saturday. The series began on December 4, 1974, when Loyola defeated The Mount in Emmitsburg, 60-31. That game was the first in Mount women's basketball history. The teams played at least once per season until the 1991-1992 season when they did not meet. After not meeting again during the 1992-1993 campaign, the teams played each year from 1994-1996. Last year, the schools renewed the rivalry after a nine-year layoff. The series is the most-played non-conference in The Mount's history, while it is the third-most non-conference rivalry in Loyola's history (trailing Towson and UMBC). Until the last five meetings, the series has been relatively one-sided. Loyola has won four out of the last five, but the Mount won 20 of the series' first 24 games, including 13 in a row from 1981 through 1991.

First Half Funk: Loyola has found itself in a first-half shooting funk in the first five games of the season. The Greyhounds are shooting just .326 from the field in those games.

Deficit Numbers: Thanks in part to the shooting numbers, Loyola has trailed at halftime in its first five games of the season. The Greyhounds have trailed by 10 against Drexel, six versus Villanova , five at La Salle. 26 at Maryland and six at Penn. Prior to this year, the team had not trailed at the half in more than two-straight games during Joe Logan's tenure as head coach.

Back To Form: After playing just 13 minutes in a loss at Maryland due to an injured left groin, Candice Walker returned to the lineup against Pennsylvania. She put up a career-high 16 points in 34 minutes of action against the Quakers. Walker scored 14 of her points in 19 second-half minutes. She also had four rebounds, three steals, two assists and just one turnover.

Frosh Floor General: Candice Walker has started all five games at point guard and played the bulk of the minutes at the position. She is the first freshman to start regularly at the position since the 1991-1992 season when Coleen Colsher took over the position. Colsher started 21 of 27 games that year and led the Greyhounds with 2.9 assists per game. She started 107 games in her career and finished her career as Loyola's all-time leader in assists with 416, although that record has since been broken (467 by Corey Hewitt, 1995-1999).

Driving Ms. Davis: Tynisha Davis scored a season-high 11 points at Pennsylvania on November 25, thanks in large part to her ability to get to the free throw line. The senior guard took advantage of her ability to drive to the basket and was sent to the line three times where she was 6-of-6. She also played solid defense and had two steals in 20 minutes off the bench.

Consistent DiCle: Erica DiClemente has scored in double-figures in each of Loyola's five games this year, leading the team for the first time with 10 against Villanova. The sophomore has averaged 10.6 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.

Solid at the Line: Loyola's shooting difficulties have not translated to the free throw line so far this season. While the Greyhounds are shooting just 34.3-percent from the field, they are making over 76-percent from the charity stripe, including 21-of-25 against Pennsylvania. Five players - Kaitlin Grant (9-of-10), Vika Sholokhova (12-of-15), Candice Walker (12-of-16), Meghan Wood (8-of-11) and Ashley Alexander (7-of-10) - are shooting 70-percent or better at the line after taking 10 or more free throw attempts.

Half The Battle: If getting to the free throw line is half the battle, Loyola is winning that war. The Greyhounds are getting to the free throw line an average of 18.4 times per game, almost eight more than their opponents through five games. Loyola has been judicious with its fouls, being whistled for just 61, while its opponents have been tagged for 80.

Woody's Work: Fifth-year senior Meghan Wood is nearing a few milestone numbers. She is 13 points away from 500 and 24 rebounds shy of 400. She is second on the team with a 5.8 rebounds per game average and has collected five or more boards in all but one game this season.

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 40-25 (.615) 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 Mountaineers: Mount St. Mary's enters the week with a 1-3 record after losing, 68-40, to UMBC, last Saturday. The Mount plays Morgan State on Wednesday night in Emmitsburg prior to taking on the Greyhounds. Mount St. Mary's is averaging just 45.5 points per game in its first four, with Brianna Gauthier and Hassanah Oliver leading the way with 8.5 ppg each. Mary Dunn is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game.

The Last Meeting: Mount St. Mary's cut Loyola's 12-point halftime lead to one, 49-48, with 11-minutes, 32-second remaining, but the Greyhounds pushed the lead back to 60-51 on a Brittany Dunn layup with 5:57 to play. Ashley Liller scored with under a minute to play, pulling the Mount within one, 60-59, but Ashley Alexander hit a 3-pointer on Loyola's next possession, and Jill Glessner made two free throws with 14 seconds left, to seal a 65-61 win. Glessner led all scorers with 19 points, while Dunn added 13. Dominique Mazzuchi scored 16 to lead the Mount.

Up Next: Loyola returns to the friendly confines of Reitz Arena, where it is 2-0 this season, for the first of four-straight home games on December 3, at 7 p.m. versus UMBC. The Greyhounds then open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action with a 7 p.m. game against Niagara on Friday, December 7.

Loyola vs. Mount St. Mary's All-Time

Mount St. Mary's leads, 21-8Last Meeting: Loyola, 65-61 - @ Mount St. Mary's, 12/2/06At Loyola: Mount St. Mary's leads, 9-4At The Mount: Mount St. Mary's leads, 12-4Last Loyola win: 65-61 - @ Mount St. Mary's, 12/2/06Last Mount St. Mary's win: 75-67 - @ Mount St. Mary's, 12/6/96

The CoachesLoyola - Joe Logan (3rd year; Loyola `96)Overall - 40-25 vs. MSM - 1-0MSM - Bryan Whitten (1st year; King's `91)Overall - 221-106vs. Loyola - 0-0

Loyola-Mount St. Mary's Series Scores

DateLocationResult12/2/06EmmitsburgLC, 65-6112/7/96EmmitsburgMSM, 75-6712/22/95BaltimoreLC, 63-4712/11/94EmmitsburgLC 78-6712/8/92BaltimoreLC, 63,-451/5/91BaltimoreMSM, 60-501/30/90EmmitsburgMSM, 80-5812/1/89BaltimoreMSM, 81-481/25/89BaltimoreMSM, 84-691/28/87EmmitsburgMSM, 80-641/13/87EmmitsburgMSM, 81-492/25/86BaltimoreMSM, 85-422/20/85EmmitsburgMSM, 75-482/22/84BaltimoreMSM, 68-492/15/83EmmitsburgMSM, 81-4911/20/81BaltimoreMSM, 79-672/21/81Washington, D.C.1MSM, 66-651/22/81EmmitsburgMSM, 49-451/10/80BaltimoreLC, 72-602/22/79Towson2MSM, 71-582/13/79EmmitsburgMSM, 75-642/18/78BaltimoreMSM, 85-771/24/78EmmitsburgMSM, 67-602/19/77EmmitsburgLC, 74-632/5/77BaltimoreLC, 82-503/4/76Catonsville3MSM, 70-542/21/76BaltimoreMSM, 50-442/7/76EmmitsburgMSM, 79-4612/4/74EmmitsburgLC, 60-311 - @ Catholic University Tournament2 - Maryland AIAW 1st Round @ Towson3 - Maryland AIAW 1st Round @ UMBC