Dec. 2, 2007
Game Data: Loyola returns to Retiz Arena for a 7 p.m. game against cross-town rival Maryland-Baltimore County on Monday, December 3, 2007... The game is the second straight against an team from the State of Maryland, and the third this season against an intrastate foe.
Home Sweet Home: The Greyhounds will play their first game at home since defeating Villanova, 49-47, on November 11, a span of 23 days. Loyola went 1-3 on its four-game road swing and look to have the comforts of home where it is 2-0 this year.
Series Notes: Monday's game will be the 31st all-time between UMBC and the Greyhounds... Loyola holds a 20-10 record in the series, although UMBC and Loyola's records differ in that regard... UMBC lists two games during the 1973-1974 season as wins, as do the Greyhounds... Research is being done to determine the accurate record... UMBC is Loyola's second-most played non-conference opponent, trailing only the 33 games the Greyhounds have played against Towson... Each team has gone on significant winning streaks in the series... Loyola won seven-straight from 1991-2004 and six in a row between 1976 and 1982... UMBC won six consecutively from 1985-1990.
Snapping Out Of It: Loyola hopefully put to bed its first-half woes against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. The Greyhounds shot 42.3-percent from the field and scored 27 points, both season-highs, before halftime against The Mount. Loyola led 27-25 at the break, the first time they've gone into the locker room with a lead this year.
Best Yet: The Greyhounds continued their improved shooting in the second half at Knott Arena, shooting 42.9-percent from the field to finish with a 42.6-percent field goal percentage, their best of the season. Loyola also took a season-low 47 shots in the game.
Hitting The Boards: Loyola outrebounded The Mount by nine, 36-27. The 27 rebounds were the lowest a Loyola opponent has managed this year, as were the Mountaineers' 14 defensive boards.
FREE BOOKS!: Loyola students attending the Greyhounds' December 7 game against Niagara will have a chance to win free second-semester books. Follett, the Loyola bookstore operator, and Loyola's Student Activities Department will provide the winning student with a set of books for the Spring 2008 semester.
Career Night: Kaitlin Grant logged career- and season-highs in several categories at Mount St. Mary's, turning in the first double-double of her collegiate career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She started and played a career-best 35 minutes, while her point total set a career-high and her rebound total tied her career mark.
Driving Ms. Davis: Tynisha Davis made her first start of the season at Mount St. Mary's and played a career-high 36 minutes. The senior guard scored in double-figures (12 points) for the second-straight game (11 at Pennsylvania, 11/25). That marked the second time in her career she 10 or more in back-to-back contests (12 at Columbia, 11/10/06; 15 at Drexel, 11/12/06). Davis also had two steals and five rebounds against The Mount.
Woody's Work: Fifth-year senior Meghan Wood is nearing a few milestone numbers. She is four points away from 500 and 20 rebounds shy of 400. She is second on the team with a 5.5 rebounds per game average and has collected five or more boards in all but two games this season.
Frosh Floor General: Candice Walker has started all six games at point guard and played the bulk of the minutes at the position. She is the first freshman to start regularly at point guard 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).
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 35.5-percent from the field, they are making over 76-percent from the charity stripe, including 15-of-19 at Mount St. Mary's and 21-of-25 against Pennsylvania. Five players - Kaitlin Grant (11-of-14), Vika Sholokhova (12-of-15), Candice Walker (15-of-19), Meghan Wood (13-of-17) 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 18.5 times per game, an average of seven more times than their opponents through six games. Loyola has been judicious with its fouls, being whistled for just 75, while its opponents have been tagged for 97.
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 41-25 (.621) 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 Retrievers: UMBC is 2-5 after losing to New Jersey Institute, 58-44, last Wednesday. The Retrievers, who made the NCAA Tournament last year after winning the America East Tournament title, are led in scoring by Carlee Cassidy, who is averaging 13.9 points per game. Morgan Hatten leads Phil Stern's club with a 6.7 rebounds per game mark.
The Last Meeting: UMBC emerged from a back-and-forth battle that featured 19 lead changes and 14 ties to defeat the Greyhounds. 58-56, on November 17, 2006, at the RAC in Catonsville. Brittany Dunn gave the Greyhounds a 56-54 lead with 2:05 remaining. Heather Luttrell, however, scored her only points of the game on two free throws to tie the game with 59 seconds left. Amanda Robinson scored with four seconds remaining to lift the Retrievers to their first win of the year.
Up Next: Loyola opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action this weekend. The Greyhounds play Niagara at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 7, and Canisius at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Both games will be in Reitz Arena.