Jan. 6, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior guard Jill Glessner scored all 14 of her points in the second half and keyed a second-half run to help the Greyhounds take control as Loyola never trailed in winning its third consecutive game with a 60-53 conference victory over Siena Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The win moved the Greyhounds over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 7-6 and a 2-1 record in the MAAC. Siena dropped its eighth game in nine decisions and fell to 2-11, 1-2 in conference play.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 8-0 advantage 5:44 into the contest behind consecutive baskets from junior forward Meghan Wood and two points each from junior center Vika Sholokhova and senior guard Brittany Dunn. A 9-0 spurt gave Loyola its largest lead of the half at 13 as four different players scored, the last three points coming on a long-range jumper from freshman guard/forward Erica DiClemente to make the tally 19-6 with 6:36 remaining.
Siena scored eight of the final 10 points in the half to make the score 21-14 at the intermission. Loyola's Dunn and Siena's Sarah Fullmer tied for scoring honors at the half as each scored six.
Loyola built its biggest lead of the game at 37-23 with 13:34 remaining as Glessner shook off a scoreless first half to help lead an 8-0 run with four points, an assist and a steal during the 2:30 stretch.
Siena attempted to make a game of it and climbed within a possession at 47-44 with 4:40 left on a pair of Katelyn Dooley three-pointers. Greyhounds head coach Joe Logan quickly called time out and Loyola responded by scoring the next six points to stay ahead 53-44 with 1:25 left, the final points coming on a pair of Dunn free throws. The senior guard finished the game making five of six from the line inside the last 90 seconds to keep Loyola from having no less than a four-point advantage.
Dunn made nine of 10 from the free-throw line and finished with a game-high 15 points. Glessner collected six rebounds and four assists to go with her 14 points and Wood just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
For the Saints, Melissa Manzer tied for game honors with 15 points and Laura Menty added 10. Heather Stec grabbed 14 defensive rebounds to go along with her six points.
The Greyhounds return to action with another home game Monday as they host Fairfield at Reitz Arena. Game time is 7 o'clock.