BALTIMORE, MD. - The Greyhounds return to action after over a week off to host the defending national champion Maryland Terrapins. The teams have met 15 times starting in 1973. Loyola has won three meetings with the Terps, two of those three in Reitz Arena. Tickets are still available for this exciting match-up. Call (410) 617-2547 for tickets.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Loyola is currently led in scoring (15.0), rebounding (7.0) and assists (3.0) by senior Jill Glessner. Classmate Brittany Dunn follows with 10.8 points and 2.33 assists a game while leading the team in steals with 17 this season. Junior Meghan Wood is third at 9.4 points and is second in rebounding at 6.4 a game. She leads the team in field-goal percentage at .492 (32-for-65) for the season. Tynisha Davis is fourth in scoring at 6.6 points while the remaining Greyhounds average between 6.1 points and 1.0 points per game.
SERIES RECORD VS. MARYLAND
The Greyhounds have won three games of 15 games versus the Terrapins.
Loyola earned back-to-back victories in 1997 and 1998 against Maryland. In 1997, under head coach Pat Coyle, Loyola won at Cole Field House by a score of 57-50 after coming back from a 34-31 half-time deficit. That year the Greyhounds finished the season 20-9. That season was the second most victories ever for Loyola and the third best winning percentage. In 1998 at Reitz Arena, Loyola won 50-43 after a 27-27 halftime score. Loyola finished that season 21-7, a school record for victories. The first victory for Loyola over Maryland was during the 1994-95 season in which the Greyhounds went to their first NCAA Tournament. This time the Greyhounds came back from a 35-27 halftime deficit at home to top the Terrapins 73-68. They shot 68% from the field in the second half to earn the win.
The Terps have won the last six meetings with the Greyhounds with the most recent victory of 77-36 on Nov. 30, 2004. Maryland also defeated Loyola in 99-00 (75-62), 00-01 (65-50), 01-02 (82-51), 02-03 (80-72) and 03-04 (76-61). The two teams first met in the third season of Loyola basketball (1973-74) with UM winning 70-26. Maryland also won meetings during the 90-91 season, 91-92 season, 92-93 season, 95-96 season and 96-97 season.
Loyola vs. Maryland the Facts:
Series Record: 3-12
Current Streak: Maryland +6
Biggest Win By Maryland: 70-26 in 1973-74
Biggest Win By Loyola: 57-50 in 1997-98 and 50-43 in 1998-99
Highest Score by Maryland: 100-53 in 1991-92 season
Highest Score by Loyola: 73-68 in 1994-95 season
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland posts its starting five in double-figures with Crystal Langhorne leading the way in points at 14.9 a game and in rebounds at 8.2 a game. She leads the team in free-throw percentage at .773 percent, where she also leads the nation. Shay Doron follows in scoring at 13.7 points and leads the team in steals with 2.1 a game. Laura Harper adds 13.3 points and a team-high 1.5 blocks a game. Marissa Coleman adds 11.7 points while Kristi Toliver rounds out the top five scorers with 10.3 points a game. Toliver leads the team in assists with 5.8 a game and in three-point shooting percentage (.486) and free-throw percentage (.917). The remaining three Terps who have seen action range in scoring from 7.3 points and four points per game.
The Terps and Greyhounds have the potential to face two common opponents this season. Maryland has already played Loyola's MAAC foe Siena on Dec. 4, earning a 93-54 victory at College Park. The `Hounds face the Saints at home on Jan. 6 and in Loundonville on Jan. 14. The Terps have invited another MAAC opponent, Marist, to the Terrapin Classic. UM and the Red Foxes' have the potential to meet on Dec. 30. Loyola visited Marist on Dec. 8, falling 60-50 and while it hosts the Red Foxes on Feb. 16.