Dec. 26, 2007
Game Data: Loyola plays the first of two games between Christmas and New Year's at Towson University on Friday, December 28, 2007, at 7 p.m. The game will be the Greyhounds' fourth against teams from the State of Maryland this season.
Series Notes: Friday's game will be the 34th all-time meeting between Towson and Loyola. The Tigers are the Greyhounds' most played non-conference opponent, as Loyola has played Towson two more times than it has UMBC. While the Tigers hold a nine-game advantage, 21-12, in the all-time series, Loyola has won seven of the last nine meetings.
Maryland Success: The Greyhounds are 2-1 against opponents from the State of Maryland thus far in 2007-2008. They lost at Maryland, and then defeated Mount St. Mary's and UMBC.
Woody's Big Day: Meghan Wood put up several career-highs in Loyola's 66-49 defeat of Columbia on December 22. She scored 22 points on 11-of-14 field goals, setting career bests in those categories. She also recorded her second double-double of the year with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Better Ratio: Loyola had a positive assist:turnover ratio (15:11) for only the second time this season against Columbia.
Five In A Row: Loyola has won five straight games and has done so in a fashion that has exhibited better execution on the offensive and defensive ends. The Greyhounds are shooting 40.5-percent from the field, while holding their opponents to 34.3-percent. Loyola is outrebounding its opponents by almost five boards per game, as well.
Home Sweet Home: Loyola has won all six of its games this season at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds have won 77-percent (24-7) 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 6-0 at Reitz Arena, which is the fourth best home start in Loyola history (see chart on next page). The win over Columbia gave the Greyhounds their best start at home in the school's Division I history.
Close Calls: Loyola's 17-point win over Columbia was a bit of an anomaly this year. The Greyhounds' previous six wins had come by an average of just 6.2 points per game.
Starting Five: Perhaps, not by coincidence, Loyola's starting five has been the same for four of its five wins in a row. 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.
First Starting Nod: Siobhan Prior earned the first start of her collegiate career against Columbia after scoring a career-best 11 against Canisius. She played 21 minutes versus the Lions, and although she scored only two points, Prior had two rebounds, an assist and a steal without committing a turnover.
Bench Production: Erica DiClemente came off the bench for the first time this year and scored a season-high 13 against Columbia. She was 5-of-8 from the field and had three rebounds. DiClemente scored 13 of the Greyhounds' 22 bench points in the game.
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.
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.
Running Ways: In Loyola's seven 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, 53-492:50ColumbiaL, 35-3015:5310-2L, 45-3212:26
Driving Ms. Davis: Tynisha Davis made her first start of the season against Mount St. Mary's, the start of Loyola's five-game winning streak. After scoring 12 points against Columbia, Davis has averaged 9.8 points per game during that stretch. She has shot 46.2-percent from the field during the last five games and is 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
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.
Showing Her Range: In addition to Walker's proficiency at the point guard position, she has shown her ability to shoot the 3-pointer over Loyola's last five games. She has made 5-of-9 treys (.556) since the Mount St. Mary's 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 45-25 (.643) 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 23-7 (.767) in Reitz Arena... Logan is assisted by Marti Whitmore, Alisha Mosley and Erin Brady.
Scouting the Lions: Towson returns from Christmas Break riding a two-game winning streak after defeating North Carolina Central, 72-40, on December 22. The 40 points allowed were the fewest the Tigers have given up in Joe Matthews' seven-year tenure. Towson forced 24 N.C. Central turnovers and converted them in to 32 points. Holly Mahan led the Tigers with 18 points in the game and leads the club with a 13.9 points per game average. She scored 26 earlier in the month against UMBC to set a career-high in the Tigers' win.
Last Year's Meeting: Six Loyola players scored in double-figured, but Towson edged the Greyhounds, 75-73, in overtime on November 25, 2006, at Reitz Arena. Erica DiClemente scored a team-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Greyhounds. Meghan Wood scored two of her 12 points with 2:37 remaining in overtime to give Loyola a 71-68 advantage, but Alis Freeman scored 15 ticks later to cut the Tigers deficit to one. Kelly Robinson's basket with 1:39 remaining gave Towson the lead for good. Shanae Baker-Brice led all scored with 26 points for the Tigers.
Up Next: The Greyhounds travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for a 2 p.m. game on New Year's Eve at Bucknell University. The game against the Bison will be Loyola's final non-confernce game of the season. They will then host Manhattan on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 2 p.m.