Women's Basketball Holds on to Top Manhattan, 72-68

Jan. 7, 2006

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team, despite seeing its 39-22 halftime lead dwindle in the second half, held on to defeat Manhattan, 72-68 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds were led by Jackie Valderas' double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Loyola improves to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference play while the Jaspers fall to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the MAAC.

Lauren Troupe and Vanessa Ruffin started the contest strong for Loyola, combining for the Greyhounds first eight points to take an 8-2 advantage at 17:32. The Jaspers worked to remove the deficit but with the score set at 10-8 with 12:26, Loyola went on a nine point run capped by a three-pointer by Valderas for a 19-8 advantage with 8:45 to play in the half.

Manhattan got that lead down to 21-15 before the Greyhounds made another nine point run to return their lead to double-digits, 30-15 with 3:51 left in the half. The Greyhounds remained strong offensively to close the half with a 39-22 advantage.

Loyola shot 59.3% from the field to Manhattan's 20.8% in the first half.

The `Hounds maintained their double-digit half-time lead early in the second when a layup by Jasper Gabrielle Cottrell cut the margin to 56-47 with 10:35 left to play. The Jaspers went on to outscore Loyola 14-5 over the next six minutes to tie the game at 61.

The Greyhounds maintained their composure and regained the lead with free-throws by Valderas at the four minute mark. Loyola's Brittany Dunn and Krystle Harrington each added baskets for a 65-61 lead with 1:34 on the clock. The team's exchanged baskets for a 69-63 mark before Manhattaan committed three fouls in the final 30 seconds to force Loyola to the free-throw line. The Greyhounds hit three free-throws to close the game while Manhattan added five points to their total over that stretch for the 72-68 final.

The Jaspers improved their shooting in the second half to lead Loyola 56,3% to 46.2%. Overall, the `Hounds held a 52.8% advantage over Manhattan's 41.1%.

Valderas led all scorers with 19 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double. Harrington added 15 points and nine assists. Katie Scherle also scored 15 points and pulled down six boards.

Joann Nwafili led the Jaspers with 17 points. Caitlin Flood added 13 points. Aubrie Dellinger and Kelly Regan scored 10 and 11 points respectively, coming off the bench.

Loyola will travel to Liberty Tuesday, January 10 for its final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is set for 6:00.