Women's Basketball Defeats Manhattan, 66-56

Jan. 12, 2007

Box Score

Riverdale, N.Y. - The Loyola College women's basketball team topped Manhattan 66-56 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Friday night at Draddy Gymnasium. The `Hounds improve to 8-7 on the season and 3-2 in the conference while the Jaspers fall to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in the MAAC.

With the score tied at 8-8 after just over five minutes of play, Loyola's offense turned up the heat, outscoring Manhattan 17-3 over the next nine minutes to take a commanding 25-11 lead. The run was sparked by a steal by senior guard Ebony Toliver. Toliver dished the ball ahead to classmate Jill Glessner for the score. At 12:48 senior forward Meghan Wood added a basket from junior Vika Sholokhova for the 12-8 score.

Manhattan's Jess Victor hit one-of-two free-throws at 12:37 for the 12-9 score but Loyola added a basket by senior Brittany Dunn from Glessner for the 14-9 mark. Just 30 seconds later junior Tynisha Davis hit jump shot for the 19-6 score. Dunn hit one-of-two free-throws at 10:24 for a 14-point lead before Jasper Kelly Regan hit a lay-up ending a nearly five-minute drought for the Jaspers without a field-goal.

The Greyhounds scored the next eight straight points for the 25-11 lead with four more from Glessner, a lay-up by freshman forward Kaitlin Grant and a jumper from Sholokhova.

Loyola maintained its double-digit lead for the remainder of the half, getting up by as much as 16 when Glessner hit a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer for the 35-19 half-time score.

In the second half, the Greyhounds quickly got up by 22 points, 45-23 at 15:18 after a basket by Sholokhova. Loyola retained that double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest despite a nine point run by the Jaspers late in the game. With the score set at 59-40, Manhattan scored nine-straight points to cut the lead to 10 with 2:47 left. But the Greyhounds held on and when the Jaspers were forced to foul they hit five-of-six free-throws for the 66-56 final.

The two teams committed a total of 53 turnovers. The Greyhounds capitalized on the Jaspers errors, scoring 34 points off turnovers while Manhattan scored just 14 points off Loyola errors.

Glessner led Loyola with 19 points while Dunn added 12. Davis and Wood each scored eight points. Freshman Erica DiClemente added seven while Grant and Sholokhova each scored six. Sholokhova recorded a team-high seven rebounds while Grant and Wood each recorded five. Dunn led with five assists and five steals.

For Manhattan, Kaitlin Flood led with 22 points. She was the lone Jasper in double-figures. She recorded a game-high eight rebounds.

The Greyhounds remain on the road, traveling to Siena on Sunday for a 3:00 game.