Jan. 25, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Junior center Vika Sholokhova scored 17 of her career-high 22 points in the second half to lead Loyola to its fifth consecutive win as the Greyhounds bested Iona, 73-68, in a MAAC game Thursday at Reitz Arena. The win moved Loyola into a tie for second place in the MAAC standings with the Gaels at 7-2.
Sholokhova connected on back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 12-2 Loyola run that gave the Greyhounds their largest lead at 64-52 with 5:51 remaining. Loyola made six-of-seven free throws inside the game's final 77 seconds to keep the Gaels at bay.
"It was a team effort tonight," second-year head coach Joe Logan commented after the game. "I was really proud of the way they stayed together, especially when we were down early. Our seniors really stepped up and played well and that was a key to the win"
After Loyola jumped out to an 11-5 lead with 13:30 remaining in the first half, the Gaels ran off a 16-3 stretch to build a 21-14 advantage with 6:38 left as Jessica Anger scored seven points for Iona. Loyola responded by scoring nine of the game's next 11 points to tie the score at 23-23 with four minutes remaining. The Greyhounds held a 32-30 advantage at the intermission.
Senior guard Brittany Dunn was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 18, shooting seven-of-11 from the field. Dunn added four assists. Senior guard Jill Glessner and freshman guard Erica DiClemente each added nine. In addition to her career-high 22 points, Sholokhova pulled down eight rebounds. Junior Meghan Wood recorded eight boards as well while adding eight points and four steals.
The loss dropped the Gaels to 11-8 overall and they were led by 6-5 senior forward Martina Weber and junior guard Lauren DeFalco, each of whom scored 18 points
Loyola is now 12-7 overall and has won eight of its last nine games.
The Greyhounds complete the weekend of MAAC play with a game Sunday at Fairfield. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.