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Fast Paced Offense Helps Women's Basketball Top Siena at Home, 74-59

Jan. 22, 2006

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Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team gave their best performance for the MAAC TV audience as they rolled to a 74-59 win over Siena Sunday at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds improve to 10-7 on the season and 5-3 in conference play. 10 wins equals Loyola win total from last season. The Saints fall to 7-10 on the season and 3-5 in MAAC play with the loss.

The Greyhounds came out firing on all cylinders and worked their fast paced offense early. With the score tied at 7-7, Loyola went on a 10-2 run to claim a 17-9 lead with 14:10 left to play in the first half. Loyola was led in those first six minutes by senior Lauren Troupe's seven points while Brittany Dunn and Jill Glessner each added four and Vanessa Ruffin chipped in a basket. Five of Loyola first six baskets were assisted with the final coming from an offensive board by Troupe.

Loyola maintained their lead and got up by as a much as 22-13 with just over 10 minutes left in the half before Siena made a run. The Saints scored eight straight points to cut Loyola's lead to one, 22-21 with 6:30 left on the clock. Glessner ended the Greyhounds scoring drought with a basket before Siena's Heather Stec returned the margin to one, 24-23 with Loyola in the lead. Glessner and Stec traded baskets again for the 26-25 score with 5:02 to play.

Troupe scored the next four points and Dunn added a put-back basket to give Loyola a larger advantage, 32-25 at 2:54. Whitney Cave ended a three-minute scoring drought for the Saints with a basket with 1:41 to play. Katie Scherle's three-point play gave the `Hounds a 35-27 mark but a three-pointer by Siena's Melissa Manzer cut the halftime margin to 35-30 with Loyola ahead.

Vanessa Ruffin helped Loyola to a 10-0 run to start the second half with six points while Dunn and Troupe each added two for the 45-30 lead with 15:03 left to play. A 2-for-2 effort from the line by Siena's Laura Menty and a three from Katelyn Dooley would lower the margin to 45-34 with 13 minutes left the play but that was as close as the Saints would get.

The Greyhounds returned their lead to 15 quickly after a fast break basket by Glessner. Dunn made the steal on Siena's end and lobbed it to Glessner for the lay-up at with 10 minutes on the clock. Loyola maintained at least a 13 point lead for the remainder of the game and got up by 17 five times, the final after a 2-for-2 from the line effort by Katie Scherle.

Siena pressed to make a 7-1 run and cut the margin to 70-59 but Loyola score the final four points in a 4-for-6 effort from the charity stripe to earn the 74-59 final score.

Troupe led the Greyhounds with 17 points while adding seven rebounds and two assists. Glessner added 15 points, a team-high eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Dunn also scored double-figures with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Ruffin and Valderas each added eight points for the `Hounds while Scherle chipped in seven. Krystle Harrington was credited with five of Loyola assists while Valderas led the team in blocks with three.

Menty led the game for the Saint's with a game-high of 20 points and nine rebounds. Dooley added 14 points and Stec recorded 10 off the bench.

The Greyhounds remain at home next week as they host Canisius on Jan. 26 and Iona on Jan. 29.