Women's Basketball Meets Canisius in Second Game of Reitz Arena Twin Bill

Dec. 8, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola tips-off its second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the weekend on Sunday, December 9, at 2:30 p.m., against Canisius. The game follows Loyola's men's basketball game against Manhattan that begins at 12 p.m.

Series Notes: Sunday's game will be the 44th all-time meeting between Loyola and Canisius... Of MAAC opponents, the Greyhounds have faced only Saint Peter's more often than the Golden Griffins... While Canisius holds a one-game lead, 22-21, in the all-time series record, the teams have split 18 meetings at Reitz Arena, 9-9... Loyola holds a 6-1 advantage in games played at neutral sites... Sunday will be the fourth time the schools have met in the month of December and the second time they've played on December 9... Canisius defeated the Greyhounds, 86-76, in Baltimore on December 9, 2001.

Home Sweet Home: Loyola has won all four of its games this season at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds have won 76-percent (22-7) of their games on their home campus in Joe Logan's two-plus seasons as head coach.

Opening Weekend: Loyola is now 9-9 all-time in its first MAAC games of the season after defeating Niagara on Friday night. Since the MAAC went to the format of playing two games in a weekend to open conference play, in 1996-1997, the Greyhounds are 11-11 in those games, not including Friday night. In Loyola's 18 years in the MAAC, prior to this, it is 18-18 in its first two conference games of the season.

Better Numbers: Loyola has seen an improvement in its shooting over the past three games, capped by a season-high .478 field goal percentage against Niagara. The Greyhounds have shot .400 in their last three games, as opposed to .343 in their first five.

Rally Caps: Against the Purple Eagles, the Greyhounds trailed for at the half for the sixth time this season. As it did against Drexel and Villanova, Loyola came back to win, outscoring Niagara by 17 in the second half.

Good and Bad: Loyola allowed 13 offensive rebounds by Niagara, but the Greyhounds held the Purple Eagles to just seven second-chance points.

Getting To The Line: The Greyhounds have gone to the free throw line 20 or more times in three of their last four games. Excluding the game at La Salle where Loyola took only four free throws, the Greyhounds are taking an average of 22.8 free throws per game. Including the game against the Explorers, Loyola is averaging 20.5 free throws per game. Conversely, their opponents are going to the charity stripe 13.2 times a game.

Woody's Work: Fifth-year senior Meghan Wood recorded her third career double-double, her first of the season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds against UMBC. During the game, she eclipsed the 500 point mark for her career. She turned in another good performance against Niagara, tying for game-high honors with 15 points and pulling down six rebounds. Wood made her first four field goal attempts of the game and scored a team-high 11 in the first half. She is now two rebounds shy of 400 for her career.

Something Old, Something New: Meghan Wood and Candice Walker tied for the game-high with 15 points each against Niagara, but they are at different ends of the age spectrum on the team. Wood is the oldest (22), while Walker is the youngest (18).

Prior's Points: Siobhan Prior took a handoff from Meghan Wood on the right wing and nailed a 3-pointer with 7:14 to play against Niagara. The trey started a stretch where Prior made three shots and scored seven of Loyola's 11 points in a two-minute stretch. She tied her career-high in the game with seven points.

Hitting the Boards: Erica DiClemente and Candice Walker had seven rebounds a piece against Niagara, tying for team-high honors. Walker set a new career-high in rebounds, while DiClemente tied her highest, which she also recorded at La Salle. It was the first time in Walker's career she's led the team in rebounding, while it was the second time for DiClemente, who tied for the team-high with four at Canisius last season (2/1/07).

Running Ways: In Loyola's five wins, the Greyhounds engineered second-half runs that have paced them to the victories. Here's a look at the details:OpponentStart ScoreTimeRunEnd ScoreTimeDrexelD, 39-3015:436-0D, 39-3614:21DrexelD, 44-3610:3914-2L, 50-466:20DrexelT, 52-524:2220-10L, 72-62FinalVillanovaV, 40-366:406-0L, 42-403:59VillanovaV, 44-422:037-0L, 49-44:15Mt. St. Mary'sL, 37-3612:4012-2L, 49-376:39UMBCUMBC, 50-407:3411-1L, 52-515:23NiagaraT, 36-3612:1615-4L, 51-405:42

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). Davis also had two steals and five rebounds against The Mount. She followed that performance with a team-high 12 points against UMBC.

Frosh Floor General: Candice Walker has started all eight 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 36.3-percent from the field, they are making over 74-percent from the charity stripe, including 15-of-19 at Mount St. Mary's, 21-of-25 against Pennsylvania and 20-of-27 versus UMBC. Five players - Kaitlin Grant (.833, 20-of-24), Tynisha Davis (.813, 13-of-16), Vika Sholokhova (.800, 12-of-15), Candice Walker (.758, 25-of-33) and Meghan Wood (.714, 25-of-35) and - are shooting 70-percent or better at the line after taking 15 or more free throw attempts.

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 43-25 (.632) 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 22-7 (.759) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.

Scouting the Golden Griffins: Brittnaé Russell scored 15 of her career-high 19 in the last six minutes, as Canisius improved to 4-3 overall, 1-0 in the MAAC, with a 64-55 win at Rider on Friday night. J.J. Williams had career-bests of 18 points and nine boards, as well. The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Golden Griffins after they reeled off three wins in a row. Amanda Cavo leads Terry Zeh's team with 11.9 points per game, while Russell chips in 11.4. Laura Buetow is averaging 9.1 points and team-best 7.3 rebounds per game.

Last Year's Meetings: Canisius swept the regular-season series with a 61-53 victory in Buffalo and a 63-59 win at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds, however, defeated the Golden Griffins, 63-60, in the MAAC Quarterfinals at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. Brittany Dunn made 6-of-9 shots from the field and scored a game-high 20, while Jill Glessner had 18 points and seven rebounds in the Quarterfinal game. Loyola led by as many as 14 in the second half, but Canisius trimmed its deficit to just one on two different occasions. The Greyhounds made 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Up Next: The Greyhounds take over a week off for final exams before hosting Columbia on Saturday, December 22, at 1 p.m.