Jan. 20, 2006
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Loyola shot 50% from the field and recorded 21 assists on 23 baskets to earn a 63-47 road win over Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball action Thursday night at Alumni Gymnasium. The Greyhounds improve to 9-7 on the season and 4-3 in the league while the Broncs fall to 2-14 on the season and 1-6 in the conference.
"Overall, this was great team effort to get a win to finish off our four game road stretch," head coach Joe Logan said. "Everyone was able to get in the game to tonight, was ready to play and contributed to our win. We need to continue to build on great free-throw shooting and how we shared the ball assisting on 21 of 23 field-goals."
The first half started slow but a basket by Brittany Dunn at 10:58 started a 13-2 run for the Greyhounds to take 19-8 lead with 5:59 left to play in the half. Five different Greyhounds scored in the run with Jackie Valderas adding four, Kerri-Lynn Orsini added a three-point basket, Katie Scherle with two points, Jill Glessner a 2-for-2 effort from the line and the initial two from Dunn.
Kara Borel ended Rider's four minute scoring drought at 5:05 before back-to-back baskets by Valderas for the 23-10 score. The teams exchanged baskets, Loyola's coming from Lauren Troupe, for the 25-12 score with 1:35 left in the half. Rider scored once more before Orsini nailed her second three to close the first half with a 28-14 score.
Glessner opened the second half for the Greyhounds with six of Loyola's eight points in an 8-2 run for the `Hounds largest lead 26-16 with 15:54 left to play.
Loyola maintained at least a 15 point lead throughout much of the second half built a larger margin, 55-33 with 7:11 left to play. Rider scored the next five points for a 55-38 score with just over six minutes to play. But the Greyhounds maintained their lead, outscoring the Broncs 8-3 over the next five minutes for 63-41 score with a minute left to play. Vanessa Ruffin scored four of Loyola's eight final points while freshmen Ashley Alexander and Siobhan Prior each added two points. Rider's Janele Henderson finished the contest with two threes for the 63-47 final.
The Greyhounds recorded 21 assists on 23 field goals and shot impressively all over the floor. Loyola was 23-for-46 from the floor and 15-for-16 from the charity stripe as well as 2-for-4 from three-point range. Rider shot 34.6% from the floor, 30% from three-point range and 72.7% from the free-throw line.
Glessner led Loyola with 14 points, 12 in the second half. She also added four steals, three blocks and three assists. Valderas scored 10 points, all in the first half while adding a team-high nine rebounds. Troupe and Scherle each added eight points. Ruffina added seven points while Orsini and Dunn each chipped in six. Orsini added a career-high seven assists.
Henderson led Rider with 15 points while Shaunice Parker scored 11 points and Borel recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Greyhounds return home their four-game road stretch to host Siena on Sunday, January 22 at noon in the first half of a double-header with the men's squad.