Jan. 15, 2010
The Loyola University women's basketball team made the most of an appearance on ESPNU Friday afternoon. In their national TV debut, the `Hounds team outplayed Manhattan from the first buzzer to the last, taking the Jaspers 74-57 in front of a crowd of 678 at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds are now riding a three-game win streak and has won those three by average margin of 13.7 points. The `Hounds have won six of their last eight and are now 4-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play (9-7 overall).
Loyola rolled out a balanced attack with Miriam McKenzie, Erica DiClemente and Kaitlin Grant all putting up double-digits. Miriam McKenzie posted her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. McKenzie also had three steals and a game-high five assists, helping Loyola to a season-high 19. DiClemente scored 13 and Grant added in 11. Katie Sheahin pulled down a career-high eight boards and had nine points.
Manhattan's Michelle Pacheco led the game with 22 points and grabbed six boards. Abby Wentworth had a team-high nine rebounds for the Jaspers, who are now 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the MAAC.
Loyola staged a shooting clinic in the first half, using a 55.2 percent performance to pull away from the Jaspers early. For the game, Loyola shot 45.8 percent and made a season-high 27 shots from the field, with McKenzie and DiClemente netting six shots each.
The Greyhounds went on an absolute tear right out of the gate, starting off with a 10-1 run. The Greyhounds took the bulk of the early possessions grabbing nearly every offensive board and held the Jaspers to just nine points through the first 10 minutes.
With four minutes left in the first half, Loyola was up by nearly 20 points and closed out the with four more points, going into the locker room with a 40-24 lead.
Loutsenhizer opened with a layup in the second half, sparking a rally for the Jaspers. Manhattan opened going 4-for-6 from the field with three free throws. But the `Hounds wasted no time in stifling the Jaspers' attack, as McKenzie and Devon Carey held the Jaspers off with threes and once again Loyola took off.
Late in the game, the Jaspers attempted to creep back in. With just three minutes left, Manhattan cut Loyola's lead to 11 points. But that was the closest the Jaspers would get to the lead, as McKenzie then broke an eight-minute scoreless streak for the Greyhounds with a fastbreak layup, effectively shutting closing the book on the Jaspers.
Loyola will play one more at home before going back on the road next weekend. Canisius will visit Reitz Arena Monday, with tipoff slated for 2 p.m.