Jan. 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Caitlin Flood led four Manhattan players in double-figures with a game-high 18 points and five different Jaspers scored during a decisive 13-2 run in the middle of the second half as Manhattan remained undefeated in the conference through three games with a 68-59 MAAC road victory over Loyola Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
The win ended the Greyhounds' six-game home winning streak to open the season and a run of six straight victories over the Jaspers.
With the game tied at 40 with just under 13 minutes remaining, Manhattan (8-6, 3-0 MAAC) scored 13 of the game's next 15 points to build a 53-42 advantage with 7:26 left in the contest.
The Jaspers made 15-of-25 shots (60-percent) in the second half, and the closest Loyola (7-6, 2-1 MAAC) would get would be 65-59 when freshman guard Candice Walker connected on a three-pointer as time expired on the shot clock with 93 ticks remaining.
"Our defense in the second half allowed them to shoot 60-percent from the field," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "The two shots that really resonate with me are the threes by Gabrielle Cottrell (with 4:07 left to give Manhattan a 61-50 lead), and Caitlin Flood (with 4:36 remaining to put Manhattan ahead, 58-48)."
Loyola grabbed its first lead of the game in the first half by scoring 11 of the game's 12 points during a five-minute stretch to take a 25-21 advantage with 4:49 left before intermission. Junior guard Siobhan Prior was the catalyst, scoring all five of her points and assisting on the basket by Meghan Wood to cap the run. The Loyola lead remained at four at the intermission, 29-25, as seven different Greyhounds scored points and Loyola shot 46.7 percent (14-30) for the half.
Two three-pointers from Manhattan's Gabrielle Cottrell in the first 90 seconds of the second half tied the game at 31 and the contest would be tied three more times before the Jaspers would record their game-deciding run.
Flood scored her points in 7-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds. Backcourt mates Cottrell and Aubrie Dellinger split evenly 28 points and Kelly Regan came off the bench to score 11. Manhattan shot 60 percent in the second half and made seven of its nine free-throw attempts.
For Loyola, senior guard Tynisha Davis upped her career high for the second consecutive game with 17 points. Senior forward Meghan Wood collected her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Walker finished with 13 points.
"We were trying to get (Tynisha Davis) the ball (in the second half)," Logan said. "`T' and Woody (Meghan Wood) played like seniors today, but we need to get more consistency from other players. When you have a young team, all that any coach asks for is to have consistent improvement from the players. We are going to get better with time."
The Greyhounds are back in action Friday night when they host two-time defending league champion Marist at Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock. Loyola has upended the Red Foxes, who advanced to last season's NCAA Sweet 16, each of the last two seasons.
"It is still early in the MAAC schedule, and we need to continue to improve from one game to the next," said Logan. "We have a big game coming up on Friday with Marist. They are the best team in the league, but we have beaten them the last two years in this building, so we know that they want to come in here and beat us. We are going to have a big defensive test."