Nov. 30, 2008
Loyola Greyhounds vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
Game No. 6 Monday, December 1, 2008
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena
The Greyhounds play their second game of a two-game homestand on Monday, December 1, when they host Mount Saint Mary's at 7 p.m. The contest will be Loyola's second in three days.
Throughout the season, the Greyhounds will promote the `Pink Zone,' a WBCA initiative to raise funds for breast cancer research. Fans can donate $1 at the Loyola box office.
Monday's game will be the 31st all-time meeting between the two programs. Mount St. Mary's leads the all-time series, 21-9.
Loyola, however has won the last three meetings, including victories in each of the last two seasons in Emmitsburg.
This game will be the first between the teams in Reitz Arena since the 1995-1996 season. Loyola and The Mount first played in 1974-1975 - the game was The Mount's first ever against another school - and the teams met each year for the next 19 seasons. The rivalry took a year off in 1991-1992, but the schools then played the next three years. Loyola and The Mount took a break from the series in 1996-1997 before renewing the matchup two years ago.
Last Time Out
Bucknell went up 10, 42-32, on a Lauren Schober three with 10:03 to play, but the Greyhounds went on a 16-0 run, capped by an Alex Berlin three, over the next 5:58.
The Greyhounds made 8-of-9 free throws during the final four minutes to ice a 61-52 victory.
Kaitlin Grant led the team in scoring (19) and rebounding (9), while Alex Berlin scored a career-high 14 points, all in the second half.
Berlin Breaks Out
After playing a career-high 23 minutes, and scoring a then-career-best six points at Army (11/23), Alex Belrin stepped up in an even bigger way against Bucknell.
The sophomore guard scored all 14 of her career-high point total in the second half against the Bison. She made 11-of-12 free throws in the victory.
Belrin also played excellent defense during the second half. She helped limit Bucknell's leading scorer, Amanda Brown, to just 12 points on 18 shots. During a 9-minute, 38-second stretch to end the game, Berlin limited Brown to just 1-of-4 from the field.
Winning, Despite Shooting #s
Loyola shot .439 from the field in its first four games of the season, but it made just 18-of-55 shots (32.7-percent) against the Bison.
The field-goal percentage was Loyola's lowest of the season. It was the Greyhounds' lowest in a victory since they shot 30.9-percent in a victory over UMBC on December 3, 2007.
Getting To The Line
Led by Alex Berlin's 11-of-12 from the line, the Greyhounds were 22-of-24 from the stripe against Bucknell.
The 91.7-percent from the free-throw line was the best Loyola has put up in a game (with 15 or more attempts) during Joe Logan's three-plus seasons at Loyola.
Loyola has attempted an average of more than 20 free throws per game through five contests, making 81-of-105 attempts.
Kaitlin Grant (29-of-34), Erica DiClemente (16-of-19), Alex Berlin (11-of-13) and Siobhan Prior (9-of-14) have all visited the charity stripe more than 10 times.
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.
Against Bucknell, Grant scored 19 points, 13 in the first half. She scored six of the first half's final eight points, all during an 8-0 Loyola run to guide the team to a 26-20 halftime advantage.
400 For DiClemente
Erica DiClemente scored eight points against Bucknell and went over 400 for her career. She has now scored 402 in two-plus seasons as a Greyhound.
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.
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.
Loyola used two big runs to beat Bucknell. The Greyhounds went on an 8-0 run to close the second half ahead, 26-20, then used a 16-0 run to rally from 10 down in the second half.
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.
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 five games this year, she has averaged 10.7 points and 32.3 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 26 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 54-41 (.568) 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.