Women's Basketball Opens MAAC Play Friday At Manhattan

Dec. 3, 2008

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Loyola Greyhounds
vs. Manhattan Jaspers

Game No. 7 • Friday, December 5, 2008
Riverdale, N.Y. • Draddy Gymnasium
5 p.m.

Game Data

•Loyola opens its 20th season of competition in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on Friday, December 5, when it travels to Riverdale, N.Y. to face Manhattan at 5 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium.
•Live stats will be available with a link from, and live video of the game is available (a subscription is required), as well. A free audio broadcast of the game will be on
•In 19 seasons of MAAC competition, the Greyhounds 151-133 in regular-season conference games.

Series History
•Friday's game will be the 40th all-time meeting between Loyola and Manhattan. The Jaspers hold a 21-18 lead in the series' first 39 games.
•The teams split two games in 2007-2008 with each winning on the other's home court. Loyola won, 62-61, in Riverdale, and the Jaspers were victorious, 68-59, in Reitz Arena.
•Manhattan's victory on January 5, 2008, snapped a six-game winning streak for Loyola in the series.

Last Time Out
•Loyola trailed Mount St. Mary's by eight, 54-46, with 2:18 remaining. The Greyhounds scored the last nine points of the game for a 55-54 victory on Monday night.
Meredith Tolley took a Kaitlin Grant pass and laid it off the glass for the winning basket with 10 seconds remaining. Alex Berlin stole a Mount St. Mary's pass with two seconds on the clock to seal the win.
•Other than Tolley's layup, and one by Grant, all of Loyola's points in the 9-0 run came at the foul line.
•Loyola forced three Mount turnovers and held the Mountaineers to just one field-goal attempt in the final two minutes.

Comeback Kids
•The win over the Mount was the second game in a row where Loyola has trailed by 10 points only to come back to win.
•The Mount led by 10 on two occasions (7:12 and 4:02, 2nd half), and Bucknell was up by the same amount (14:18 and 10:03, 2nd half).

Finishing Strong

•Loyola's comebacks have been fueled by solid final 10 minute increments. In the last two games, the Greyhounds have held Bucknell and The Mount to a combined .280 field-goal percentage (7-of-25), and Loyola has forced 11 turnovers.
•Loyola, in turn has made 44-percent of its shots (11-of-25) and committed just one turnover during that span.
•The Greyhounds have also gone 24-of-28 (.857) from the free-throw line in the final 10 minutes of the games.

Grant Grabs MAAC Award

•Rebounds aren't the only thing Kaitlin Grant has grabbed recently. She also picked up the MAAC Player of the Week Award for November 23-30 after scoring 19 points and pulling down nine boards.
•The award was the first of Grant's career and the first for a Loyola player since Vika Sholokhova earned the honor on February 12.

Kaitlin's Big 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 went for a double-double against Towson with 13 points and a then 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.
•She followed that performance with an 11-point, 13-rebound output against Mount Saint Mary's. Her 13 boards, 5 assists and 38 minutes were career-highs.

Not The First Time

Meredith Tolley's game-winning layup with 10 seconds to go against Mount St. Mary's was not her first bucket in that situation. She hit a 12-foot high-post jumper with 15 seconds left to beat UMBC on December 3, 2007.

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.

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 97-of-125 attempts.

Running Away
•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 first 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

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 six games this year, she has averaged 10.7 points and 32.2 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 27 games.

Preseason Picks
•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).

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 55-41 (.572) 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 27-13 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.