Feb. 3, 2006
Niagara Falls, N.Y. - The Loyola College women's basketball team earned their fifth straight victory in a 62-58 win over Niagara Friday night at the Gallagher Center. The Greyhounds earn their first victory at the Gallagher Center since 2000-01 and put together their first five game win streak since the same season. Loyola improves to 13-7 on the season and 8-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Purple Eagles fall to 3-17 overall and 2-9 in the conference with the loss.
The contest was slow to start with Niagara taking an early 8-4 lead at 16:22. The Greyhounds quickly took the lead behind a three-point play by Brittany Dunn at 13:46 for an 11-10 score. The Purple Eagles reclaimed the lead with a three by Jessie Tomasin at 13:18 before back-to-back Loyola baskets, one from Jill Glessner and another by Katie Scherle returned the lead to Loyola, 15-13 at 11:24. Niagara tied the game for the third time at 15 and a fourth at 18 before baskets by Lauren Troupe and Krystle Harrington gave the `Hounds a 22-18 lead with 5:34 left to play in the first half. The squads exchanged baskets for a 24-20 score before another Tomasin three cut the Loyola lead, 24-23 with just over three minutes left. The Greyhounds scored the next six straight points however, with two baskets by Troupe and the third from Glessner, to take a 30-23 lead with 41 seconds on the clock. Michelle Manfredi scored the last basket in the second half to cut Loyola's lead to 30-25 at the half.
Both teams came out of the break cold. Niagara cut the Loyola lead to 32-30 after seven minutes of play before the Greyhounds started to pull away. Loyola scored five straight points to take a 37-30 lead. Jennifer Roueche broke up the Greyhounds scoring with a lay-up at 10:50 for the 37-32 score. But Loyola continued the run, scoring the next six points to take an 11 point lead, 43-32 with just under ten minutes to play. The Greyhounds retained that lead at 5:31 with a 47-36 margin before the Purple Eagles began to make a come back. Niagara outscored Loyola 8-2 over the next 1:15 to cut the margin to 49-44 at 3:52. Tomasin hit her fourth three to begin the run while Shaunna Ambrose scored the remaining five points. A three-point play by Troupe ended a near three minute scoring drought for the Greyhounds for the 52-44 score at 2:17. Manfredi hit two free-throws and Chantelle Wilson scored on added a three to get Niagara within three, 52-49 at 1:41. The squads exchanged baskets for a 54-51 score with just over a minute to play. Loyola worked to seal the victory with a lay-up by Harrington and free-throws by Tynisha Davis for the 58-51 advantage with 30 seconds on the clock. Ambrose then went to the line hitting two shots with 21 seconds left for the 58-53 score. Davis added a lay-up for Loyola with 17 seconds left before a lay-up by Manfredi and Tomasin's fifth three cut the margin to 60-58 with just five seconds left. Glessner hit two free-throws with less than a second left to retain the lead and give the Greyhounds a 62-58 win.
Troupe led Loyola with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Glessner added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Dunn also registered double-figures for Loyola with 12 points and a game-high three steals.Ambrose and Tomasin each scored 15 points for the Purple Eagles.
Loyola remains on the road as they travel to Canisuis Sunday, February 5.