Jan. 22, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Junior Katie Scherle scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Loyola defeated Niagara, 71-55 in women's basketball action at Reitz Arena Saturday. It was Scherle's third consecutive double-double as the Greyhounds extended their win streak to three. Loyola improves to 7-10 overall and 6-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while the Purple Eagles fall to 11-6 and 6-2.
The first half was a back and forth battle as Niagara used a three-point attack to balance out Loyola's solid play in the post. The Greyhounds went on a seven-point run for a 11-4 score at 14:52 but the Purple Eagles answered with two three's for an 11-10 score at the 13:55 mark. The back and forth play continued until the eight minute mark when Loyola went on a 15-8 run to close the half. The Purple Eagles score three baskets in that time, two three pointers but it wasn't enough to overcome the balanced offensive attack the Greyhounds put forward for the 36-29 half time score. Five Loyola players contributed to the run with including four points by Krystle Harrington.
The second half featured more back and forth play, although Loyola never fell behind. At 12:49, Niagara made a run for the lead with a 9-2 run to get within two but the Greyhounds never lost their cool and built up a 14 point lead with a 12-point run to hold a 63-51 advantage with 4:32 remaining to play. Loyola held Niagara to just four points in the final four minutes of play to build upon their lead, giving them a 71-55 victory.
Scherle led Loyola with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She was followed by Jackie Valderas with 14 points and Brittany Dunn with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Lauren Troupe added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Harrington recorded six points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals for a solid all-around game.
Cunningham scored a game-high of 21 points and was followed by Shaunna Ambrose with 13 and Chantelle Wilson with 10.
Loyola dominated the boards again, holding a 44-23 advantage. The Greyhounds also outshot the Purple Eagles, 52.5% o 37.7% although Niagara shot 40.9% from behind the arc.
The Greyhounds return to the road next week as the visit Siena on Friday, January 28. They will be back in Reitz Arena just two days later, on Sunday, January 30 to host Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.