Jan. 29, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - A nearly perfect effort from the free-throw line helped Loyola to a 77-69 victory over Iona at Reitz Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball action Sunday. The Greyhounds hit 26-of-27 free-throws to extend their win streak to four. Loyola posts an overall record of 12-7 so far this season with a 7-3 conference record while the Gaels fall to 9-10 and 6-4 with the loss.
Iona took an early 9-0 lead before Loyola's offense got warm. Jill Glessner got the Greyhounds first basket at 17:07 and started a 10-0 Loyola run to take the lead 10-9 with 14:07 on the clock. A three-pointer by Tiara Headen returned the lead to the Gaels, who added a basket by Lauren DeFalco for the 14-10 lead. Jackie Valderas hit a three of her own to cut Iona's margin to 14-13. he squads exchanged baskets before a 9-3 Iona run gave the Gales their largest lead, 25-18 with 5:44 left in the half.
The Greyhounds responded, scoring eight straight points to take a 26-25 lead. Valderas hit four free-throws in the run while Krystle Harrington and Glessner each added a basket. Tiara Headen return the lead to Iona's favor, 27-26 with 51 seconds on the clock before Harrington's basket with 26 seconds left for the 30-29 Greyhounds half-time lead.
The back and forth battle continued for much of the second half. With Loyola still holding a one point advantage, 40-39 with 16:22 to play, the `Hounds scored six points to take the 46-39 lead with 13:54 to go. Lauren Troupe scored four of those six points.
Loyola remained up by seven, 48-41 less than a minute later before the Gaels outscored the Greyhounds 9-2 over the next three minutes to tie the game at 50 with just over 10 minutes left. The squads tied again at 52 but the Greyhounds continued to fight. With Iona in the lead 55-44, the Greyhounds scored six straight points, including a 4-for-4 effort from the charity stripe by Brittany Dunn, to take a 60-55 lead with 5:36 on the clock. Loyola was awarded 10 more free-throws, hitting nine of them over the remainder of play while adding two baskets by Katie Scherle and one from Glessner to take their largest lead, 77-67 with just 19 seconds left. Iona added a basket as the clock wound down for the 77-69 final.
"This was a great second half effort, especially by Krystle Harrington who did a great job on defense and running our offense in tough situations," head coach Joe Logan said. "After spotting them nine points to start the game, we fought back, were able to take the lead and continued to fight the rest of the game. I'm proud of our effort down the stretch to come up with the victory."
Troupe led the game with 21 points while added five assists and three rebounds. Valderas added 18, all in the first half while tying a team-high six rebounds. Glessner scored 10 points while pulling down six boards as well. Harrington, Ruffin and Scherle each added eight points, Scherle's eight points put her just six away from recording her 1,000th career points.
Headen led Iona with 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Martina Weber who scored 11 points, all in the second half. Weber pulled down seven boards.
Loyola finished the game hitting 26-of-26 free-throws while the Gaels went to the line 16 times, hitting 12 of those shots. From the floor the Gaels shot 49.1% to the Greyhounds 41%.
The `Hounds forced 24 Iona turnovers while committing just 13 themselves.
The Greyhounds take their four-game win streak on the road. Loyola travels to Niagara on Friday, Feb. 3.