Jan. 14, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - The Loyola College women's basketball team earned its second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference road win over Siena, 71-54, Sunday afternoon at the Alumni Recreation Center. The Greyhounds improve to 9-7 on the season and 4-2 in the MAAC with the victory while the Saints fall to 3-13 overall and 2-4 in the league.
With Siena ahead 10-8 at 13:28, Loyola junior guard Tynisha Davis scored on back-to-back drives to the basket for a 12-10 Greyhounds lead. Loyola worked hard on the defensive end as well, holding the Saints on three straight possessions and added a lay-up by senior guard Brittany Dunn for the 14-10 lead at 7:37.
The Saints went on to tie the score at 14 after two free-throws by Laura Menty and a jumper by Melissa Manzer at 6:13. Davis again gave Loyola the lead with a jumper at 5:58 but Siena's Heather Stec scored on back-to-back layups to give the Saints the 18-16 margin at 4:39.
Loyola scored the next seven straight points to take a 23-18 lead with 2:19 to play. Senior guard Ebony Toliver tied the game at 18 with her jumper at 3:34 and two free-throws by junior Vika Sholokhova gave the `Hounds the 20-18 lead. On the next trip down the court, senior guard Jill Glessner completed a three-point play when she drove to the basket and drew the foul for the 23-18 mark.
Siena's Shondaya Burrell ended a two and a half minute scoring drought for the Saints with her basket at the two minute mark for the 23-20 score but the Greyhounds scored the next six points to extend their lead to 29-20. Davis added her fourth basket of the half while freshman Erica DiClemente hit two-free throws and a jumper from the top of the key with 19 seconds remaining. Siena's Sarah Fullmer scored the final basket of the half with six seconds on the clock but the `Hounds headed to the locker room with a 29-22 advantage.
The Saints opened the second half scoring five straight points to get within two, 27-25. The Greyhounds ended an over three-minute scoring drought with seven point run. Glessner tallied two free-throws at 16:35 to gain a more comfortable lead, 31-27 and added a steal and a basket at 15:20 for the 33-27 mark. Sholokhova added a jumper from the corner to lead 35-27 at 14:38 and added a free-throw for the 36-27 margin.
Siena's Burrell recorded a three-point play to end the run at 12:34 before another free-throw by Sholokhova at 12:12 for the 37-30 lead. Glessner addeda basket at 12:04 and Sholokhova scored again for a more commanding 41-30 lead at 10:48. On the next trip to the Saints half of the court, Menty recorded a three-point play for the 41-33 margin.
Over the next four minutes the Greyhounds turned up the heat, going on a 13-point run to earn their largest margin, 54-33. Davis scored on three-of-four from the free-throw line while DiClemente added fast break basket from for the 46-33 lead. Davis scored again at 8:34 and Sholokhova added basket at 7:46 for the 50-33 score. Glessner scored a fast-break basket at 7:20 and Meghan Wood's lay-up ended the run at 6:42. The Greyhounds continued to work both ends for the rest of the game, never trailing by more than 16 and ending with a 71-54 advantage.
Sholokhova led with a double-double, her first as a Greyhounds, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Davis tied a career-high with 15 points and set a new mark in steals with four. Glessner scored 15 points while shooting 50% from the floor and added seven rebounds.
For Siena, Burrell scored a team-high 14 points while Sarah Fullmer added 12. Stec pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
Loyola returns home, hosting Niagara on Friday, January 19 and Manhattan on Sunday, January 21.