Women's Basketball Outlasts Siena, 66-56

Jan. 10, 2005

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Baltimore, Md. - It was a total team effort as the Loyola College women's basketball team defeated Siena, 66-56 Monday night at Reitz Arena. All five Loyola starters tallied double figures in scoring led by junior Katie Scherle's 14 points while classmate Krystle Harrington recorded her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Greyhounds improve to 4-9 overall and 3-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play while the Saints fall to 4-9 and 1-3 in the MAAC.

Loyola started the contest on a 10-2 run spurred by Ebony Toliver and didn't allow the first Siena basket until nearly three minutes into the contest. Siena then went on a run of their own, 12-4 to tie things up at 14 at 11:13. Both teams then went scoreless for nearly four minutes before Siena's Katelyn Dooley extended the Saint's run to claim the lead 16-14 at 7:48. Toliver then tied things up seconds later at 16 before an 8-0 run by Siena to claim a 24-16 lead. The Greyhounds started a quiet comeback with two free throws by Kerri-Lynn Orsini at 3:30 for a 24-18 score. The squads exchanged baskets before the Greyhounds went to the line again with Harrington hitting 1-of-2 and Scherle hit a jumper at 1:40 to cut the Siena lead to 26-23. Siena's Laura Menty ended an over two minute scoring drought to give the Saints a 28-23 lead but Loyola scored the last seven points of the half marked by a three-pointer by Lauren Troupe with seven seconds remaining for a 30-28 Loyola lead.

In the second half, the score was tied four times over the first nine minutes before the Greyhounds went on a 12-0 to build a 52-42 lead with 7:44 remaining in the contest. Siena ended another scoring drought, this one over three minutes long with a free-throw by Laura Menty but the Saints were never able to get any closer as the Greyhounds played tenacious defense and solid offense to hold out for the conference victory.

Scherle led the Greyhounds and added a second best eight rebounds. She followed by Harrington with her second consecutive and second career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Dunn and Toliver added 11 and 10 points respectively for career bests for both. Troupe added 10 points to round out the Loyola players in double-digits.

Menty had the game-high with 19 points in addition to eight rebounds. Whitney Cave recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Dooley rounded out the Saints in double-figures with 11.

The Greyhounds are back on the road as the travel to Marist for a game on Friday, January 14 at 7:00.