Greyhounds Can't Hold Early Lead, Fall to Siena

Jan. 18, 2008

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BALTIMORE - Vika Sholokhova led three Loyola players in double-figures with 17 points and matched her career-high with 13 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Greyhounds in a 67-57 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Friday night at Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds (8-8 overall, 3-3 MAAC) stretched an early lead into a 10-point advantage on two occasions in the first half, as Siobhan Prior, Erica DiClemente and Sholokhova made lay-ups on consecutive possessions for Loyola.

Sholokhova's grabbed an offensive rebound of her own miss and put it back with 3:57 to play before halftime to give the Greyhounds a 31-21 lead.

Siena (6-10, 2-4), however, would go on a 10-0 run over the next 3:53, tying the score at 31-31 on a Melissa Manzer 3-pointer from the left side with 26 ticks on the first-half clock.

Meredith Tolley scored the last two of her nine points with just over four seconds left in the first half to give Loyola a 33-31 halftime lead.

The Saints went ahead three before the second half's first media time out, but Siobhan Prior broke a 4:52 scoreless streak for the Greyhounds to tie the game at 39-39 on a 3-pointer with 12:32 to play.

DiClemente then gave Loyola a 41-39 lead with a 17-foot jumper 40 seconds later. Laura Menty scored two of her game-high 28 points to give Siena a 43-41 advantage with 10:07 remaining.

Melissa Bangay tied the game for Loyola with two free throws at 9:23, and Prior converted a layup at the 8:07 mark to stake Loyola to a 45-43 advantage.

Heather Stec, however, made a 15-foot jumper to tie the game, then put the Saints on top for good with a layup at the 6:57 mark.

"Menty killed us, and Stec killed us inside," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Without Meghan Wood, people are just going to keep throwing the ball inside, and we have to do a better job defensively. We have to get better position and just play smarter."

Sholokhova trimmed Siena's lead to four, 59-55, on a lay-up with 2:25 left, but Manzer made her second crucial 3-pointer, this one to put the Saints back up by seven, 62-55 with just over two minutes left.

The Saints then made 5-of-6 free throws in the last 1:12 to seal the win.

Loyola played without two of its seniors. Meghan Wood missed her second-straight game with a sprained right knee, and Tynisha Davis was out with the flu.

Menty finished with 28 points, the most a Loyola opponent has scored in a game since Katie Feenstra of Liberty scored 33 against the Greyhounds on January 4, 2005.

Heather Stec recorded a double-double, tallying 15 points and 14 rebounds, the most boards an opponent has had against Loyola this season.

DiClemente scored 12, and Prior added 10 for Loyola.

The Greyhounds play the first of three-straight road games on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at Fairfield. The game begins at 2 p.m.