Jan. 26, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team played a tough all-around game to top Canisius, 71-53 Thursday night at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds shot 44.8% from the field, 81% from the free-throw line while tallying 15 assists, forcing 23 turnovers, nabbing 17 steals and blocking nine shots. Loyola improves to 11-7 on the season and 6-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while the Griffs fall to 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the conference.
The contest started slow with Canisius taking an early 11-6 lead with 13:29 left in the first half before the Greyhounds made their move. Brittany Dunn hit a three at 13:06 before the Griffs added the next basket. The Greyhounds continued to whittle away with a basket by Krystle Harrington off a long pass after a defensive board by Jill Glessner for the 13-11 Canisius lead.
Mere Mullins fought off the Loyola attack with a basket for the 15-11 Griffs lead but Katie Scherle added a jumper and Glessner added a lay-in to tie the game at 15 with 8:53 in the half.
Canisius Becky Zak and Cheri Wittlieb returned the advantage to the Griffs with back-to-back baskets for the 19-15 mark but Jackie Valderas and Vanessa Ruffin responded with baskets of their own for the `Hounds to tie the game at 19. Valderas added to her points giving Loyola the lead, taking a pass from Ruffin at the top of the key for the lay-in and the 21-19 score. Valderas was awarded a free-throw on the play and completed the three-point play for a 22-19 score with 7:13 left in the half. Glessner added a lay-up on a fast break for the 24-19 lead.
The Griffs hit two threes to reclaim the lead 25-24 with 4:05 on the clock.
The lead changed three more times before Loyola closed the half with an 8-0 run to take a 34-27 lead into the locker room. Katie Scherle scored four points in the run to give Loyola the halftime advantage.
The Greyhounds did not let go of that lead, going on a 10-point run in the first three minutes of the second half to take a 42-30 lead. Loyola outscored the Griffs 36-11 over the first 14 minutes of the second half to build up as much as a 26 point lead, 67-41 after a three by Kerri-Lynn Orsini at 5:50. Over those 14 minutes, Loyola's offense was sharp while the defense recorded six steals. The `Hounds converted five of the Canisius turnovers into baskets. Dunn recorded three of the steals and scored three of the fast-break baskets.
The remainder of the game played out mostly at the free-throw line with Loyola hitting four shots for the 71-53 final.
Valderas came off the bench scoring a game-high 15 points. Scherle also added 12 points off the bench for 986 career points, 14 shy of 1,000. Dunn added 11 while adding five steals. Troupe and Glessner each added nine points and Troupe pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Jessie Lamaprski led the Griffs with 13 points. She was the lone Canisius player in double-figures. Mere Mullins added nine points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Loyola outshot the Griffs 44.8%-33.3% while hitting 17-of-21 from the free-throw line to Canisius' 7-of-12. The Greyhounds recorded 15 assists to Canisius seven. The Griffs recorded 23 turnovers while Loyola tallied 17 steals and nine blocks.
The Greyhounds, who are on a three-game win streak, host Iona at home on Jan. 29. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.