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Women's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Slate on New Year's Eve at Bucknell

Dec. 29, 2007

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Game Data: Loyola hits the road for its final non-conference game of the season. The Greyhounds play Bucknell on Monday, December 31, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Sojka Pavilion. The game will be Loyola's fifth against a team from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2007-2008 and its sixth road contest of the year.

Series Notes: Monday's game will be the sixth all-time meeting between the schools, with Loyola holding a 3-2 advantage in the series in the previous five. Loyola won the last meeting, 56-46, between the two schools on November 25, 2003 in Baltimore. The teams have split two previous games played on the Bucknell campus.

Non-Conference Slate: Loyola will wrap up its 2007-2008 regular-season non-conference schedule with at least a .500 record, regardless of the Bucknell game outcome. Loyola is 5-4 in non-conference games this season. Last year, Loyola was 5-5 in games out of league games. (not including MAAC Championships games).

Shevy Heats Up: Siobhan Prior's increased role in the offense has resulted in better production. She has recorded career-highs in points during two of the last three games, capped by a 12-point performance at Towson. She led the team in scoring for the first time in her career during that game.

Defensively, Too: Prior also recorded a career-high four steals versus the Tigers, the most by a Loyola player in a game this year.

Road Woes: Loyola's 72-48 loss at Towson dropped the Greyhounds to 1-4 away from Reitz Arena this season. The Greyhounds are being outscored by over 15 points per game on the road and are shooting just .346, compared to their opponents .455 in those games. Opponents are also shooting .442 from behind the 3-point arc in games played off Loyola's campus.

Statistically Speaking: In the Greyhounds' four losses this year, they are shooting just 32.9-percent from the field, while opponents are hitting 47.5-percent of their shots. Loyola's foes are shooting 49.2-percent from 3-point range and are outrebounding Loyola by 5.8 boards per game.

On The Other Hand: Loyola is shooting 38.9-percent in its seven wins, while it is holding opponents to a 34.5-percent clip from the field in those games. Opponents are making just 28.6-percent from 3-point range, and Loyola has outrebounded those seven opponents by 6.1 per game.

Slow Starts: The Greyhounds are averaging just 24 points in the first half of games this year after scoring just 13 before the break against Towson. After halftime, however, Loyola is outscoring opponents 360-317.

Sticky Fingers: Loyola recorded a season-high 10 steals at Towson, led by Siobhan Prior's career-high four. Candice Walker had two thefts, while Meghan Wood, Ashley Alexander, Meredith Tolley and Erica DiClemente recorded one each.

Back In The Starting Five: Vika Sholokhova and Ashley Alexander each returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a while against Towson. Sholokhova made her first start since the Pennsylvania game (11/25), and Alexander was on the court to begin the game for the first time since Mount St. Mary's (12/1).

Future Flash: Loyola played the final five minutes of the game without a senior on the court. Melissa Bangay made the first four free throws of her collegiate career, and Alex Berlin nailed a 3-pointer from the left side.

Negating Second Chances: While Towson had 11 offensive rebounds on Friday night, the Greyhounds held the Tigers to just six second-chance points.

After the Break: Loyola outscored Towson, 35-33, in the second half and shot 42.9-percent from the field. Loyola also cut its turnovers from 13 in the first half to nine in the second, and the Greyhounds had seven assists after halftime, compared to zero in the first half.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 45-26 (.634) 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 Bison: Bucknell made just two of its first 19 field goal attempts and finished the first half 5-of-32 on Friday night as it lost at Illinois-Chicago, 70-62. The Bison fell behind 32-16 at the half before rallying to cut the final deficit to eight. Kesha Champion led Bucknell with 18 points, and Hope Foster had 12 rebounds. Amanda Brown leads the Bison with a 12.7 points per game average, while Champion contributes 9.9 points and leads the team with 46 assists. Foster averages 9.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game.

Last Meeting: Lauren Troupe scored 22 points, then a career-high, off the bench, and Loyola picked up its first win of the season, 56-46, at Bucknell on November 25, 2003. Loyola went on a 9-0 run over a two minute stretch in the first half to break an 11-11 tie. The Greyhounds went up 29-15 at halftime and extended their lead to 18 on 3-pointers by Troupe and Lindsay Cobb with 14:14 remaining. Katie Scherle recorded a 12-rebound, 10-point double-double for Loyola. Brooke Tomovich led the Bison with 15 points. Current Greyhound Meghan Wood scored her first collegiate points, in her second game, against Bucknell, finishing with four.

Up Next: The Greyhounds resume Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Friday, January 5, 2008, when they host Manhattan at 2 p.m. The game will be the first of 16-straight league contests to close the regular-season.