Women's Basketball Returns to Court After 13-Day Hiatus

Dec. 20, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola returns to the court after a 13-day layoff for final exams to host Columbia University on Saturday, December 22, 2007, at 1 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game will be one of three the Greyhounds, who have won four-straight games, will play between now and 2008.

Series Notes: Saturday's game will be the second meeting all-time between the schools. Columbia defeated Loyola, 75-69, in the teams' season-opener last season in New York City.

Home Sweet Home: Loyola has won all five of its games this season at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds have won 77-percent (23-7) of their games on their home campus in Joe Logan's two-plus seasons as head coach.

Streaking On Campus: The Greyhounds have opened their season 5-0 at Reitz Arena, which is tied for the fourth best home start in Loyola history (see chart on next page). This season's start is tied for the best home record to begin a season in Loyola's Division I history, matching that of the 1982-1983 season.

Close Calls: Loyola's six wins this season have come by a combined 37 points for an average margin of 6.2 points per victory. Three of the wins (Villanova, UMBC and Canisius) have all bee two-point wins.

Four In A Row: Loyola has won four-straight games and done so in a fashion that has exhibited better execution on the offensive and defensive ends. The Greyhounds are shooting 39.3-percent from the field, while holding their opponents to 35.9-percent. Loyola is outrebounding its opponents by almost six boards per game, as well.

Starting Five: Perhaps, not by coincidence, Loyola's starting five has been the same for its four-straight wins. Meghan Wood and Kaitlin Grant have started in the post, while Tynisha Davis, Erica DiClemente and Candice Walker have started in the backcourt over the last four games. That group tops the team in scoring and rebounding during the run.

Outside Shooting: After taking just five 3-point shots (making two) against Niagara, the Greyhounds stretched Canisius' defense with 15 3-point attempts. The Greyhounds connected on 40-percent of them, for the second game in a row, by making six. Siobhan Prior led the way with a career-high three treys, while Candice Walker made a career-best two, and Meredith Tolley added one.

Rally Caps: Loyola has been tied or trailed at the half in seven of its nine games this season. In four of those games - Drexel, Villanova, Niagara and Canisius - the Greyhounds have come out victorious. They are outscoring their opponents 287-258 in the second half.

Siobhan Steps Up: Junior guard Siobhan Prior stepped up late in the Niagara and Canisius games to help lift the Greyhounds to conference-opening wins. The Nottingham, England, native scored a career-high 11 against Canisius, less than 48 hours after tying her previous career-high with seven against the Purple Eagles. She played a career-high 26 minutes versus Canisius and scored eight of her points after halftime. She was 4-of-8 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and had an assist and two steals against the Golden Griffins.

Opening Weekend: Loyola is now 9-9 all-time in its first MAAC games of the season after defeating Niagara on December 7. Since the MAAC went to the format of playing two games in a weekend to open conference play, in 1996-1997, the Greyhounds are 13-11 in those games. In Loyola's 18 years in the MAAC, it is 20-18 in its first two conference games of the season.

Getting To The Line: The Greyhounds have gone to the free throw line 20 or more times in three of their last five games. Excluding the game at La Salle where Loyola took only four free throws, the Greyhounds are taking an average of 21.5 free throws per game. Including the game against the Explorers, Loyola is averaging 19.5 free throws per game. Conversely, their opponents are going to the charity stripe 12.9 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. In the Canisius game, she scored 10 points, pulled nine rebounds and had four assists. She eclipsed the 400-rebound mark for her career and has 407 entering the Columbia game.

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).

Running Ways: In Loyola's six wins, the Greyhounds engineered second-half runs that have paced them to the victories. Here's a look at the details:OpponentStart ScoreTimeRunEnd ScoreTimeDrexelD, 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, 51-405:42CanisiusC, 49-474:496-0L, 53-492:50

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 nine 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). This season, Walker is leading the Greyhounds with a 9.4 points per game scoring average and has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week three times.

General Grant: After scoring a career-high 15 points to help the Greyhounds begin their four-game winning streak at Mount St. Mary's, Kaitlin Grant has continued to put up solid numbers. She scored seven against UMBC, six versus Niagara, and then went off for 11 in the Canisius game. She is making 80.8-percent of her free throws and averages 5.9 points per game.

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 44-25 (.638) 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 Lions: Columbia is also returning to the court following a two-week final exams layoff. The Lions last played on December 8 at Northern Colorado, where they lost 71-50. Michelle Gage led the team with 14 points in that game, while Lauren Dwyer tops the team with an 11.1 points per game average this season. Chelsea Frazier averages 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds, while Gage has put up averages of 8.1 points and 4.3 boards per game. The Lions have lost five-straight since defeating Lafayette and Mercer in consecutive games, November 20 and 24. Columbia is in the midst of an eight-game roadtrip that sees them away from Levein Gymnasium from November 25-January 21.

Last Year's Meeting: Columbia went on an 8-0 run early in the second half and led by as many as 15, 56-41, with 10 minutes to play in the teams' season-opener on November 10, 2006. Columbia looked to be ahead comfortably, 67-58, with 3:31 remaining, but Loyola went on a 13-4 run to pull within 71-69. Columbia made 4-of-4 from the line to secure the victory. Brooke Carey, older sister of Loyola's Devon Carey, scored 15 in the winning effort for Columbia. Chelsea Frazier had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions. Jill Glessner scored 19 for the Greyhounds, while Meghan Wood and Tynisha Davis added 16 and 12, respectively.

Up Next: The Greyhounds take a few days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to the court on Friday, December 28, at Towson in a 7 p.m. game. Loyola then travels to Bucknell for a 1 p.m. game on December 31.