Jan. 9, 2009
BALTIMORE - Meredith Tolley logged her first double-double of the season with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Loyola held Saint Peter's to just 34.6-pecent from the field to take a 68-50 victory Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at the inaugural Field Trip Friday event in Reitz Arena.
With hundreds of Baltimore schoolchildren in attendance for the 11:30 a.m. tip-off, and a crowd of 1,068 fans, Loyola was able to send many of them with a smile on their faces.
Students from several area schools, including Baltimore Lab School, Eastwood Elementary, Padonia International Elementary, Pleasant Plains Elementary, Oakleigh Elementary, Ruxton Country School and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy.
With stifling defense, Loyola allowed a season-low 50 points and held the Peahens' leading scorer Tania Kennedy to just six points on 3-of-12 shooting.
"We knew coming into the game that one of the major factors was going to be rebounding, and we led in that category today thanks to a great team effort on the boards," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Everyone on the court today contributed with rebounds from the guards to the posts, and that was very important.
"I was pleased with our defense today, and we also did a good job of handling the pressure that Saint Peter's gave us for the entire game."
Down three in the early going, Loyola held Saint Peter's scoreless for over five minutes to take a 14-9 lead with 8:12 to play in the first half on a Bangay jumper. The sophomore post player tied her career-high with eight points off the bench for the Greyhounds.
After leading 24-19 at the half, the Greyhounds took their first double digit lead of the game, 33-21, three minutes into the second half on an Ashley Alexander three-point play off a back-door.
Just two possessions later, Alexander would again get in the lane courtesy of a screen putting Loyola up 36-23 after converting the free throw for her second consecutive three-point offering.
The Loyola lead grew to 17 with just under 12 minutes to play when Melissa Bangay converted a feed from Alex Berlin in transition to push its advantage to 46-29. A Bangay jumper swelled the team's advantage to 19, 57-38, with just over four minutes remaining.
Saint Peter's Charlene Riddick led all scorers with 16 points. Riddick, however, needed 18 shots from the floor to get her point total, and she did not score in the game's final 12 minutes.
Prior led Loyola with 13 points and two steals.
The Greyhounds made 24-of-30 free throws in the game and hit over 56-percent of their shots from the field in the second half.
Loyola continues its homestand on Alumni Day this Sunday, January 11, 2009, when it hosts 25th-ranked Marist at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena.