Jan. 13, 2008
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Vika Sholokhova made four free throws in the final 31 seconds and led four Loyola players in double figures with 18 points, as the Greyhounds defeated host Rider, 66-59, on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in front of 413 fans at Alumni Gym.
The win snapped a four-game losing skid for Loyola (8-7 overall, 3-2 MAAC) and was its fifth-straight victory against the Broncs (5-11, 0-5).
"I was especially pleased with our effort, especially after a tough loss (61-59 against Marist) on Friday," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "To show the ability to bounce back was very critical for us today. Rider is tough because they keep coming after you. We sustained some of their runs and finally put them away."
Loyola led by 17 on four different occasions in the second half, the last coming when an Erica DiClemente jumper extended the Greyhounds' lead to 52-35 with 8:14 to play.
Rider, however, went on an 14-2 run over 4:29,capped by a Tammy Meyers field goal that cut the Broncs' deficit to 54-49 with 3:45 remaining.
Loyola went back up by eight twice in the next 1:35 on free throws by Candice Walker and Sholokhova, but Janele Henderson sank a 3-pointer with two minutes left to reduce the Greyhounds advantage to five, 59-54.
On the Greyhounds next possession, Sholokhova missed a layup, but Tynisha Davis came down with the rebound. Davis almost went right back up with a baseline jumper, but she thought better of it and passed to Kaitlin Grant, and Loyola reset its offense.
With the shot clocker under 10, Siobhan Prior canned a three from the left side to give Loyola a 62-54 lead.
Meyers made a layup, however, and Amanda Sepulveda's 3-pointer cut Loyola's lead to three, 62-59, with 39 ticks left.The 3-point lead was Loyola's slimmest since the 5:26 point in the first half.
Sholokhova was 4-of-6 from the line in the final 31 seconds to secure the win.
"Things are starting to click on the court now," said Prior. "We have had a great couple of weeks of practice, and it is starting to show in games."
Prior recorded career-highs with 15 points and four rebounds, while Candice Walker added 12 points.
Kaitlin Grant also scored 10 points for Loyola. Davis matched her career-highs with four assists and four steals.
Loyola scored the first eight points of the game, four of them by Grant, and never trailed.
After Rider went on a 7-2 run to cut Loyola lead to 17-16 with 7:11 remaining in the first half, the Greyhounds scored the next 12 points to lead, 28-16, on a Candice Walker 3-pointer.
Loyola led 28-20 at the half and went on a 9-0 run that covered 3:25 and gave the Greyhounds a 17-point advantage, 48-31, on a Prior basket.
The Greyhounds shot 43.1-percent from the field, their best performance since December 22 against Columbia. Loyola was 6-of-11 from 3-point range, a 54.5-percent effort that was its best of the season.
Rider committed 21 turnovers, and Loyola finished with 15 assists and 14 turnovers. The Broncs did outrebound Loyola, 43-26. The Greyhounds were without their leading rebounder, Meghan Wood, who sat out with a sprained right knee.
"We shared the ball well," Logan said. "To have 15 assists and 14 turnovers is good. We are going to be successful if we do that."
Loyola continues MAAC competition on Friday, January 18, 2008, when they host Siena at 7 p.m.