Jan. 14, 2006
Jersey City, N.J. - The Loyola College women's basketball team fell to Saint Peter's, 60-57 Saturday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Yanitelli Center. The Greyhounds, who have not won in Jersey City since the 1993-94 season, fall to 8-6 overall with the loss and 3-2 in the conference. The Peahens improve to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the league.
The first six minutes of play featured four ties before a five point run by SPC gave the Peahens a 16-11 advantage with 11:57 on the clock. The Greyhounds responded with a run of their own, scoring six straight points to make up the deficit and take a 17-16 lead. The Loyola run started and ended with baskets by Jill Glessner.
SPC regained the lead 20-17 before a basket by Lauren Troupe and a three by Brittany Dunn gave Loyola a 22-20 edge with 5:44 left in the half. An SPC jumper tied the game for the fifth time before a 1-for-2 effort from the charity stripe by Tynisha Davis gave Loyola the 23-22 lead. The Peahens then went on an 8-2 run to take their largest lead 30-25 with 30 seconds left on the clock. Troupe got Loyola a basket closer with 11 seconds left and a halftime score of 30-27.
The second half seemed to go in the same direction with five lead changes before a seven point run by the Greyhounds gave them the largest lead, 44-37 with 13:22 to play. Five of Loyola's seven points in the run came from Dunn. The squads exchanged baskets for the `Hounds to maintain a seven point lead, 46-39 with 11:30 to play before SPC made a run of their own to claim the lead 47-46. A put back basket by Jackie Valderas returned the lead to Loyola, 48-47 with 8:10 left. The teams tied the game four more times, at 48, 50, 53 and 55. After the final tie, SPC's Kristen Hood used a lay-up to give her team the 57-55 advantage with 1:32 on the clock. The Peahens used a 2-for-3 effort from the line to add to the lead, 59-55 with 50 seconds left. Krystle Harrington cut that margin in half with a lay-up with 42 on the clock. Harrington was awarded a free-throw on the play but missed the ensuing free-throw. She grabbed her own rebound but was unable to get off a clear shot to tie the score. The Peahens went to the line twice to close out the contest, making just 1-for-4 but it was enough to get the 60-57 win.
Harrington led the Greyhounds with 14 points. Troupe followed with 13 points and Glessner scored 11 points, all in the first half. Valderas led Loyola on the boards with eight.
Khalisha Lewis led SPC with 15 points and eight boards. Hood and Tiffany Jones each added 14 points. Lauma Reke also added eight rebounds.
The `Hounds remain on the road as they travel to Marist, Monday, January 16.