March 8, 2007
Baltimore, Md. -
Despite its season ending in the MAAC semifinals last week, the Loyola College women's basketball team has seen numerous improvements and successes over the last two seasons. Under head coach Joe Logan, Loyola has put together back-to-back winning seasons to return the program to its winning ways.
Here is a list of accomplishments and notes from this season and last:
Head coach Joe Logan was named the MAAC Coach of the Year this season. He is the first ever Loyola coach, on the men's or women's side, to be named MAAC Coach of the Year.
Vika Sholokhova was named the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year giving Loyola the award for the third straight year, a conference record. Loyola has won three of the six awards given.
Jill Glessner was named to the All-MAAC first-team and Vika Sholokhova was named to the third-team.
Glessner's first-team nod gave Loyola a first-team selection in the last two seasons with Lauren Troupe making the team in 2005-06. It is the first back-to-back first-team selections for Loyola since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons when Mary Anne Kirsch earned the honor twice.
Erica DiClemente was named the conference all-rookie team, giving Loyola it's first spot on the team since the 2002-03 season.
Loyola earned two MAAC Player of the Week selections with Jill Glessner and Meghan Wood earning the honor.
Scoring Career-Highs this Season:
o Jill Glessner: 23 points vs. Saint Peter's and Saint Francis (Pa.)
o Kaitlin Grant: 12 points vs. Canisius
o Erica DiClemente: 16 points vs. Iona
o Vanessa Ruffin: 17 points vs. Rider
o Vika Sholokhova: 22 points vs. Iona
o Ashley Alexander: 15 points vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
The Greyhounds defeated Marist on February 16, 2007, snapping a 12-game winning streak for the Red Foxes and giving them their only conference loss. Marist's streak was the eighth longest in the country at the time. Marist has lost just three games in conference in the last two years and two of those three were at the hands of the Greyhounds.
Loyola's sellout crowd against Maryland on Dec. 21, 2006 was the school's third sell-out crowd in school history.
The Greyhound's 91 points vs. Niagara on January 19, 207 was the third largest point total at home in program history.
Head coach Joe Logan's career record of 38-22 gives him a winning percentage of .633, which is currently the best among Loyola women's basketball coaches. He also posts a MAAC record of 25-11.
Loyola's third place finish this season and last gives the women's program its first back-to-back seasons finishing in the top three in the MAAC.
The 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons are also the best back-to-back seasons for Loyola since the 1997-98 (20-9) and 1998-99 (21-7) seasons.