Jan. 31, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Anda Ivkovic scored 17 points off the bench in 12 minutes and Anna McLean matched her by making all eight of her shots from the floor and added nine rebounds to lead Iona to a 90-68 MAAC road win over Loyola Thursday night at Reitz Arena.
The win was the third straight for the Gaels and ninth in their last 11 games as they improved to 13-8, 7-3 in MAAC play. The Greyhounds dropped their fifth straight and ninth in 10 contests as they fell to 8-12 and 3-7 in the conference.
The Gaels broke a 4-4 tie by scoring 21 of the game's next 28 points to take a 25-11 lead with 11 minutes remaining on a Shezaray Ricketts layup and Iona would not be headed. Loyola would get the lead below double figures just one time before halftime and Iona led 48-34 at the intermission as nine of the 10 Gaels seeing time scored led by Ivkovic's nine points. Iona forced 14 Greyhounds turnovers leading to 16 Gaels points.
"The difference in the first half was the turnovers," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "They only had four turnovers, and we had 14. Those led to 16 points for them. We shot 52-percent (in the first half), but they got 14 more shots than we did. That was the difference at halftime, points off turnovers."
Loyola got within 12 points at 53-41 with 17:20 left in the game, but Iona used a 17-9 run to push the lead back to 20 at 70-50 with 9:51 remaining behind Ivkovic's three-point play. The Gaels held their largest lead at 90-65 when Jen Ritz came off the bench to sink a three-pointer with 75 ticks remaining.
In addition to the 34 points split between Inkovic and McLean, Thazina Cook scored 12 with eight rebounds and Lauren Defalco added 10. The Gaels shot 56 percent in the second half (14-25) and scored 22 second-chance points.
"We are to the point where teams are not just shooting well against us," Logan said. "We are not playing good defense. You have to give Iona credit because they knocked down the shots. Iona made 10 threes against us, and Marist made 10 threes against us (last Sunday). Sooner or later we have to draw a line in the sand and say `enough is enough' and start to play some better defense."
Freshman forward Meredith Tolley led the Greyhounds with 15 points, her third straight game in double figures in her third consecutive start after not scoring more than 10 in a game previously this season. Senior center Vika Sholokhova recorded the fifth double-double of the season and 10th of her career with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench. Senior guard Tynisha Davis scored 14 points and added a career-high seven rebounds.
Coupled with the win seven days ago in New Rochelle, Iona swept the season series for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Saint Peter's for the first of two matchups between the teams in an eight-day period. The Peahens will be the opponent the next time the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on February 10 for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.