Jan. 5, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team shot 62.5% from the floor in the second half to come from behind and defeat Saint Peter's 69-54 Thursday evening at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds improve to 7-4 on the season and 2-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Peahens, despite holding a 27-23 halftime lead, fall to 4-8 with the loss and 0-3 in the conference.
"The team stayed together after a tough first half and showed a lot of perseverance to come away with their first MAAC win in the New Year," head coach Joe Logan said "I'm very happy with how we played in the second half increasing our intensity and attacking the basket."
Neither team shot well in the first half, posting a combined shooting percentage of 30.9%. There were seven ties and neither the Greyhounds or the Peahens got up by more than four points throughout the half for the 27-23 halftime mark.
The second half seemed to be going in the same direction but after four ties and with SPC up by one, 35-34 with 15:04 to go, the Greyhounds connected on their next six-of-six shots by five different players to take a 46-39 lead with 10:13 left to play. The Peahens were able to connect on two free-throws by Tiffany Jones and a basket by Elyse Sicilliano but that would not outdo Loyola's effort from the floor.
Saint Peter's brought their deficit back down to four by outscoring the Greyhounds 6-2 over the next four minutes but would force Loyola to the line 14 times in the remainder of the contest. The `Hounds connected on 10 of those 14 shots and added baskets by Brittany Dunn, Krystle Harrington and Lauren Troupe to earn their 69-54 final score.
Dunn led the Greyhounds with a 6-for-8 effort from the field and a 6-for-6 mark from the charity stripe for a career-high of 17 points. Dunn also added four steals, four rebounds and three assists. Harrington added 13 points and a game-high four assists. Troupe chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Jackie Valderas added 11 points off the bench.
Saint Peter's was led by point-guard Johnell Burts' 12 points. Kristen Hood added 11 while Lauma Reke grabbed 10 rebounds.
Loyola outshot the Peahens 44.2% to an even 30%. SPC shot a dismal 26.1% in the second half to the Greyhounds 62.5%. Loyola held a slight advantage on the boards at 41-36 and held their ground in assists at 13-7. Loyola committed just 11 turnovers while the Peahens committed 17. The Greyhounds were credited with eight steals on the 17 SPC turnovers.
Loyola remains at home by hosting Manhattan on January 7 at 1:00 p.m.