Jan. 28, 2007
Bridgeport, Conn. - The Loyola College women's basketball team fell to Fairfield, 63-51 Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The Greyhounds fall to 12-8 on the season and 7-3 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action with the loss. The Stags improve to 11-10 overall and 7-3 in conference play.
The first half started slow for both teams before an 8-1 run by Fairfield gave them a 12-5 lead at 12:47. Sabra Wrice recorded three-point play in the run while Meka Wertz scored a three-point basket and Baendu Lowenthal added a layup. The Greyhounds returned the favor, going on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 14-13 at the nine minute mark. Four different players scored in the run for Loyola. The Stags maintained and extended their lead over the next several minutes however, getting up by as much as 10, 27-17 with 2:48 to play. Fairfield outscored the `Hounds 13-4 over a six minute stretch to gain that lead. But the Greyhounds scored the last two baskets of the half to cut that margin to 27-21 at intermission.
The teams went back and fourth to start the second half but with the Stags ahead 38-30 at 10:28, Fairfield scored three-straight baskets to take their largest lead 45-30 at 9:01.
The Greyhounds worked to erase the lead with free-throws in the final five minutes. With Fairfield ahead 51-39 at 5:32, Loyola hit six-of-six shots from the line to get within eight, 51-43 at 4:19.
But the `Hounds never got any closer as Wrice scored eight points in the final 2:32 of play to help the Stags to a 63-51 win.
Loyola's Jill Glessner led with 12 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Meghan Wood added eight points and a team-high seven steals. Vika Sholokhova added seven points and six rebounds.
Wrice led with 19 points. Lowenthal added 10 points and a game-high eight rebound for the Stags.
The Greyhounds remain on the road for the next two games as they travel to Canisius on Thursday and Niagara on Saturday.