For The Dogs: Greyhounds, Retrievers Meet Sunday At UMBC

Dec. 20, 2008

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Loyola Greyhounds
vs. UMBC Retrievers

Game No. 11 • Sunday, December 21, 2008
Catonsville, Md. • RAC Arena
2 p.m.

Game Data

•Loyola plays its final game before Christmas 2008 with a road game across Baltimore against UMBC. The teams tip off at 2 p.m. in the RAC Arena.
•The game is Loyola’s fourth, and final, contest of the season against teams from the State of Maryland. The Greyhounds defeated Mount St. Mary’s and lost to Towson and Maryland.

Series History
•Sunday’s game will be the 32nd all-time meeting between the schools, with the Greyhounds holding a 21-10 advantage in the first 31.
•UMBC is Loyola’s second-most played non-conference opponent, following only Towson (35 meetings).
•The game marks the only time this season the Greyhounds will meet an opponent with a fellow canine mascot (Retrievers).
•Loyola won eight straight meetings between 1991-2004, but UMBC won in 2006. •Loyola trailed the Retrievers by 10 with 8:29 to play, but Kaitlin Grant scored five points during a 12-1 Greyhounds’ run over the next 3:06 to put Loyola up one.
•After see-sawing leads, Meredith Tolley snapped a 55-55 tie with a high-post jumper with the shot-clock winding down and 15 seconds remaining.
•The teams each went 1-of-2 from the free throw line from that point, and Loyola came away with a 58-56 win.
Tynisha Davis scored 12, and Meghan Wood had an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Last Time Out
•Loyola led by as many as seven in the first half, but La Salle took the lead for most of the second.
Candice Walker hit her second three of the game with 6:02 left to pull Loyola within one, 61-60, with 6:02 left, but the Explorers scored the 10 points to lead by 11 with 3:55 remaining.
•Walker (12), Siobhan Prior (16), Kaitlin Grant (13) and Ashley Alexander (11) all scored in double-figures for Loyola.
•Prior recorded a career-high six assists, and Alexander made a career-best five steals.

Strong Shooting, But...
•Loyola shot the ball well – 48.3-percent from the field – against La Salle, but the Greyhounds allowed the Explorers to shoot 52.6-percent from the field.
•La Salle’s field goal percentage was the highest Loyola has allowed an opponent this season.

Missing A Strength
•Getting to the free-throw line, and converting once there, has been a strength for Loyola this season.
•Entering the La Salle game, Loyola was 140-of-186 (.753) from the line, but the Greyhounds got to the line just one time in the game.

Shevy Spreads The Wealth
Siobhan Prior led Loyola with 16 points, but she also passed the ball well. She finished with a career-high six assists, eclipsing the mark of four she had against Rider on Feb. 11, 2007.

Pilfering Mark

Ashley Alexander recorded a career-high five steals against La Salle, topping her previous mark of three set at Maryland on Nov. 20, 2007.

Bigger Contributions
•Since returning from a hamstring injury on Dec. 1 against Mount St. Mary’s, Ashley Alexander has played significant time in Loyola’s rotation.
•Her 11 points against La Salle raised her season total to 51 points, already more than she scored in any of her previous three seasons. Last year, she finished with 48 points in 19 games.

Passing Posts
Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley each had three assists against La Salle.
•Grant is second on the team with 24 assists this season, topping her previous single-season total of 21 set last year.

Stopping A Scorer
•Despite the loss, Loyola held Maryland’s two-time All-American, Kristi Toliver, to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting. The point guard also coughed up the ball five times in 31 minutes of action.

Reversal Of Fortunes

•After recording a two-game school record for shooting percentage (more following), Loyola had its lowest field goal mark (16-of-56), .286, against Maryland on Dec. 9.

Sharing Mood
Mallory Lawes played a career-high 17 minutes against the Terps and led Loyola for the first time in assists. She dished out a season-best four.

High-Percentage Shooting
•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.
•The Greyhounds followed that performance with a .585 effort against Rider.

New Territory
•Loyola’s combined 63-of-106 (.594) is the best two-game percentage in school history, bettering the 65-of-115 (.565) against Niagara and Manhattan in 2006-2007.

Prior’s Points
•Siobhan Prior’s 22 points against Manhattan 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.
•She recorded her second-straight 20-plus point effort against Rider with 21.

Twenty Topped Twice
•Prior’s back-to-back 20-plus point games marked the first time a Loyola player has accomplished that feat since Katie Scherle scored 20 against Manhattan on February 3, 2005, and 20 versus Canisius two days later. Earlier that season, Jackie Valderas has 20 and 21 in consecutive games.

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.).

Board Work

Kaitlin Grant has led the Greyhounds in rebounding during each of the last nine games.
•Prior to that streak starting, she had led the team in rebounding just four times in her career.

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
•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, 2007.

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.

Berlin Breaks Out
•After playing a career-high 23 minutes, and scoring a then-career-best six points at Army (11/23), Alex Berlin 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.

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.
•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

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 nine games this year, she has averaged 11.4 points and 31.9 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 30 games.

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.

Head Coach Joe Logan

Joe Logan enters his fourth year as the head coach at his alma mater with a 57-43 (.570) overall record.
•The Greyhounds December 19 game against La Salle was the 100th of his head-coaching career.
•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.