Jan. 19, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team shot 61.5 percent from the floor during Friday night's 91-53 rout of the Niagara Purple Eagles in Reitz Arena. Five players for Loyola finished in double figures as the Greyhounds quickly built a big lead and never looked back. Loyola's persistence on the glass helped the `Hounds out rebound Niagara 42-16.
The Greyhounds improve to 10-7 overall and 5-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning their third straight and earning their sixth win in the last seven outings. The Purple Eagles fall to 10-8 overall and 2-5 in the MAAC.
The highlight of the evening came with 15 seconds left in the first half when senior guard Jill Glessner hit a jumper to give Loyola a 42-26 lead. With the clock winding down, Glessner proceeded to steal the ball from Niagara, drive to the bucket, and was fouled as her lay-up went in at the buzzer. She added the extra point from the line completing the old-fashioned three-point play, and the Greyhounds went into the locker room with all the momentum and a 45-26 lead.
Loyola built an early 8-0 lead as four different Greyhounds scored in the first few minutes of the game. Soon after, a pair of jumpers by Niagara guard Sara Prybyl cut the Loyola lead in half, 8-4. The Greyhounds quickly responded as Glessner was fouled driving hard to the basket. After one-for-two effort from the line by Glessner, junior forward Meghan Wood scored in the paint giving Loyola an 11-4 lead. Michelle Manfredi hit a three pointer for Niagara but Loyola used a 9-2 run to open up a 20-9 advantage. Loyola ended the half on a 17-6 run in the final 3:30 minutes. At intermission Glessner, Wood, and senior guard Brittany Dunn totaled 42 of the Loyola 45 points.
Loyola picked up right where they left off at the start of the second half. In the first six minutes the Greyhounds opened with a 19-6 run. Freshman forward Kaitlin Grant hit a lay-up down low, and after a Niagara basket, Wood followed with a lay-up of her own. Dunn then scored the next three baskets for Loyola as the `Hounds continued to pull away from the Purple Eagles. As the starters were rested, freshman guard Erica DiClemente took over the offense scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds. Junior guard Tynisha Davis scored seven points and Grant dropped eight points in the second half as Loyola overpowered Niagara.
Wood finished with 16 points and five rebounds, matching her career high in scoring. Glessner scored 18 and dished out five assists while Brittney Dunn ended with 16 points. DiClemente finished with 11 points while Grant scored 10 and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Niagara guard Shaunna Ambrose, the MAAC's leading scorer, was held to 13 points by the Greyhounds. Prybyl added 10 points.
The Loyola Greyhounds are back in action on Sunday, January 21 at Reitz Arena as they take on conference foe the Manhattan Jaspers.