Jan. 21, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Behind a 16-point effort from juniors Meghan Wood and Vika Sholokhova, the Loyola College women's basketball team won its fourth straight game, 61-45 over Manhattan Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds, who have also won seven of their last eight games, improve to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Jaspers fall to 5-14 overall with the loss and 2-6 in the league.
At the 12:19 mark in the first half and Loyola up by just 14-12, the Greyhounds went on a 10-2 run to take over the game and lead 24-14. Sholokhova hit one-of-two free-throws to start the run and added a lay-up and three-pointer. Wood and senior Brittany Dunn each added a basket as well to account for all 10 of the Greyhounds points in the run. The Jaspers scored the next two baskets to cut the margin to six, 24-18 at 5:43. The `Hounds outscored Manhattan 11-7 over the final five minutes to take a 10-point advantage, 35-25 into the locker room after a basket at the buzzer by Dunn.
A three-pointer by Manhattan's Annie McIntyre cut the lead to 35-28 in the initial seconds of the second half. Senior Jill Glessner extended Loyola's lead to nine, 37-28 at 18:11, only to be countered by a lay-up by Jasper Kelly Regan at 18:02 for the 37-30 score. But Loyola would not let up, going on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 46-30 lead with 14:05 on the clock. The Greyhounds never let go of that double-digit advantage and got up by as much as 17 three times in the final minutes and the Loyola defense allowed just eight points in the final 10 minutes of play for the 61-45 final.
The Greyhounds were led by Wood and Sholokhova with 16 points each. Wood tied her career-high in points in the second consecutive game and recorded her second career double-double with 11 rebounds. Sholokhova tied her career-best in points at Loyola and added six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Glessner added nine points, six assists, three rebounds and a steal.
McIntyre led Manhattan with 13 points while Regan added 10. Caitlin Flood pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
Loyola is back in action Thursday night when the `Hounds host Iona in Reitz Arena at 7:00.