Dec. 6, 2008
vs. Rider Broncs
Game No. 8 Sunday, December 7, 2008
Baltimore, Md. Reitz Arena
Loyola plays its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home game of the 2008-2009 season on Sunday, December 7, when it hosts Rider at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
The game follows the Loyola-Niagara men's game at 12 p.m. and is one of two doubleheaders (2/13 is the other) the women and men will play this season.
Sunday's game will be the 32nd all-time meeting between Loyola and Rider. The Greyhounds hold a 24-7 lead in the series and won all three meetings between the teams last season.
While the Greyhounds won each of the times the teams played in 2007-2008, all of the games were close contests. Loyola won by seven, 66-59, in Lawrenceville, by six, 55-49, in Baltimore and by eight, 57-49, in Albany during the MAAC Championships First Round.
There is considerable familiarity between the teams' head coaches, as they once shared an office. Joe Logan and Lynn Mulligan were both assists at St. Joseph's under former Loyola Head Coach Cindy Griffin. Loyola Assistant Coach Erin Brady was a player on those Hawks teams, and Rider Assistant Rashana Barnes was the St. Joseph's Director of Basketball Operations.
Last Time Out
Loyola shot a season-best 60.4-percent from the field and defeated Manhattan, 78-65, in both team's MAAC opener.
The Greyhounds used a 14-0 run between 17:36 and 11:54 to go up 15 in the second half.
Loyola shot 65.4-percent in the first half, 55.6-percent in the second, and held the Jaspers to 32.9-percent in the game.
Led by Kaitlin Grant's 10 and Meredith Tolley's nine, Loyola controlled a 44-36 advantage on the boards.
Loyola's .604 shooting percentage at Manhattan was not only its best of the season, but it was the second-highest mark in school history.
Loyola shot .615 on January 19, 2007, at Niagara when it made 40-of-65 field goals.
The 32 field goals made were also the most by the Greyhounds since the game against Niagara.
Three Greyhounds set, or equalled, their career-high scoring numbers against Manhattan.
Siobhan Prior led all scorers with a career-high 22, while Ashley Alexander came off the bench to match her career-high with 15. Melissa Bangay recorded a her highest career output with eight.
Siobhan Prior's 22 points against the Jaspers eclipsed her previous best of 19 set January 25, 2008, at Iona.
She also made a career-best nine field goals and was 9-of-11 from the field.
Prior's .818 field goal percentage was the highest by a Loyola player since Brittany Dunn was 8-of-9 (.889), and Meghan Wood was 7-of-8 (.875), at Niagara on January 19, 2007.
Big Bench Production
Led by Ashley Alexander's career-high-tying 15 points at Manhattan, the Loyola bench scored 26 of the Greyhounds' 78 points.
Melissa Bangay added eight, and Mallory Lawes had three.
The 26 points were the most by the Greyhounds' bench this season.
Not Quiet As A Mouse
Ashley Alexander's nickname is `Mouse' for her quiet demeanor, but she was not quiet on the court against Manhattan.
Alexander made 5-of-9 shots and 4-of-5 free throws to score 15 points. She also had two assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal.
Her point output matched the her total on December 4, 2006, at St. Francis (Pa.).
Mount Albert, Ontario, native Melissa Bangay played a career-high 19 minutes at Manhattan and scored eight points, the most of her career.
Bangay also had four rebounds, three offensive, in the victory.
Kaitlin Grant notched a double-double for the second game in a row. She had 11 points and 10 rebounds against Manhattan after scoring 11 and grabbing 13 boards against Mount St. Mary's.
Grant now has three double-doubles this season (also against Towson) and four in her career.
Kaitlin Grant has led the Greyhounds in rebounding during each of the last six games.
Prior to that streak starting, she had led the team in rebounding just four times in her career.
Loyola is 5-0 this season when holding its opponents to under 40-percent from the field.
Through seven games, Greyhound opponents are shooting .372 from the field, compared to .411 a year ago.
Loyola has also held its foes to .309 from behind the 3-point arc. Last year, opponents shot .357 from long range.
The Greyhounds are also 5-0 when holding opponents to 69 points or less this season. Three times, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or less.
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).
Those Loyola comebacks were 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.
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.
In the come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Mary's Loyola went on a 9-0 run in the final 2:18 to close the game and overcome an 8-point deficit.
During the second half at Manhattan, Loyola scored 14 unanswered over a 5-plus minute stretch to extend its lead to 15 and take control of the game.
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 seven games this year, she has averaged 11.1 points and 32.1 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 28 games.
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.
Through seven games this season, Glessner is averaging over 23 points per game for the Wildcats.
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.
Head Coach Joe Logan
Joe Logan enters his fourth year as the head coach at his alma mater with a 56-41 (.577) 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.