Dec. 24, 2008
at George Washington Colonials
Game No. 12 Saturday, December 27, 2008
Washington, D.C. Charles Smith Center
Loyola plays its final game of 2008 when it returns from Christmas Break for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, December 27, 2008, at George Washington.
The game will be Loyola's first in the District of Columbia since December 21, 2003, when it played at Georgetown.
Loyola and George Washington will meet for the 12th time in the programs' histories on Saturday. The Colonials have won the previous 11 meetings.
The teams have not played each other in over 16 years. George Washington beat the Greyhounds, 74-53, in Washington, D.C., on December 13, 1992, Pat Coyle's first season as head coach at Loyola.
Loyola's oldest current player, Siobhan Prior, was just five years old the last time these teams sqaured off.
Last Time Out
Loyola took an 18-point first-half lead with a 30-12 run that covered just over seven minutes against UMBC.
The Retrievers rallied to tie the score at 72 with 1:08 remaining in the game, but Loyola made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Ashley Alexander scored a career-high 22 points to lead five Greyhounds in double figures. Siobhan Prior added 15, Meredith Tolley had 13, Kaitlin Grant scored 11, and Candice Walker put in 10.
Top Of The Chart Threes
Loyola made 11 3-pointers on Sunday at UMBC, the most the Greyhounds have hit in a game since joining the MAAC in 1991-1992.
Siobhan Prior, Ashley Alexander and Meredith Tolley each hit three, while Candice Walker and Mallory Lawes had one each.
Loyola's starting post players - Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley - scored the Greyhounds' first 13 points of the game.
Tolley connected on her first five field-goal attempts, three from behind the 3-point arc, and had 13, while Grant scored nine.
Not Quiet As A Mouse
Ashley Alexander's nickname is `Mouse' for her quiet demeanor, but she played loudly against UMBC.
The senior guard came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting. She made three threes and was 5-of-6 from the line.
She eclipsed her previous career-high of 15, set against St. Francis (Pa.) in 2006 and matched earlier this year in Loyola's first MAAC game, at Manhattan.
After missing three early games with a hamstring injury, Alexander has scored in double figures for three consecutive games, the first time she's had back-to-back games with 10 or more in her career.
Alex and Shevy Spread The Wealth
Alex Berlin played a career-high 30 minutes in his fifth-straight start at UMBC and logged a game- and career-high five assists versus the Retrievers.
As a team, the Greyhounds had 20 assists against UMBC, a season-high that eclipsed the 18 they had in the season-opener against Harvard.
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.
Four of Loyola's starting five - Siobhan Prior (38), Candice Walker (37), Meredith Tolley (33) and Alex Berlin (30) - played their most minutes in a game this season at UMBC. Loyola did not make a sub until the 8:06 mark in the first half.
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 22 points against UMBC raised her season total to 73 points, already more than she scored in any of her previous three seasons. Last year, she finished with 48 points in 19 games.
In Loyola's last five games, Alexander has scored in double figures four times and is second on the team with a 12.8 points per game average. She is shooting 48-percent from the field in 24.8 minutes per game.
Prior those five games, she had scored in double figures just three times in her career. Sunday at UMBC was the first time she has led Loyola in scoring.
Ashley Alexander recorded a career-high five steals against La Salle, topping her previous mark of three set at Maryland on Nov. 20, 2007.
Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley each had three assists against both La Salle and UMBC.
Grant is second on the team with 27 assists this season, topping her previous single-season total of 21 set last year.
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.
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.
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.
Kaitlin Grant has led the Greyhounds in rebounding during nine of the last 10 games.
Prior to that streak starting, she had led the team in rebounding just four times in her career.
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).
Siobhan As A Starter
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 11 games this year, she has averaged 11.6 points and 32.3 minutes per game, tops on the team during the last 32 games.
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, made 44-percent of its shots (11-of-25) and committed just one turnover during that span.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Loyola women's basketball signed two players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period - Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland.
Sheahin is a guard from Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County, Md., and Sutherland is a post player from West Genesee High School near Syracuse.
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 58-43 (.574) 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.