Peahens Hold Off Women's Basketball's Rally

Feb. 3, 2008

Box Score

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Loyola cut Saint Peter's lead to as few as two, but the Greyhounds could not draw closer than that in the final three minutes, as the Peahens held them off for a 62-57 Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference victory on Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center.

Saint Peter's (15-7 overall, 7-4 MAAC) led by nine, 51-42, with 9:12 to play on a 3-pointer from the right side by Tania Kennedy.

Loyola, however, held the Peahens two just four points, all by Lauma Reke, over the next six minutes.

Erica DiClemente stole a Natasha Morris pass and went coast-to-coast, finishing with a layup to pull Loyola (8-13, 3-8) within two, 55-53, with 2:59 remaining.

Reke, however, make a layup on Saint Peter's ensuing possession to put the Peahens back up four. The Greyhounds committed turnovers on their next two possessions, and Johnell Burts made two free throws with 27 ticks left to put the Peahens back up six, 59-53.

"We played hard, and we did a good job of cutting their lead, but we could not make it all the way back," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We made some sloppy turnovers late. We had two freshmen and a sophomore passing the ball to each other, but we'll learn from it."

Reke finished with a game-high 17 points, 11 in the second half. Morris added 12, and Kennedy had 10 for the Peahens.

Loyola made just two of its first 10 shots, and Saint Peter's led by 11, 17-6, after eight minutes.

Tynisha Davis scored five, and Kaitlin Grant had four, as Loyola trimmed its deficit to four in just two minutes.

Saint Peter's went back up by eight on a Reke 3-pointer with 1:48 left in the first half, but Grant sank two free throws, and DiClemente pulled down an offensive rebound and made a lay-up to cut the Peahens' halftime lead to 31-27.

Grant led the Greyhounds with 12 points, while Siobhan Prior had 11. DiClemente and Davis each scored eight.

"Kaitlin did a good job today getting some rebounds and playing hard," Logan said. "We tried something different (in the starting lineup), and everyone played well with it. Erica had been in a little bit of a slump, but she stepped up today and hit some big shots."

The Greyhounds outrebounded Saint Peter's, 33-31, led by Grant's eight and Meredith Tolley's seven.

Loyola remains on the road for its next game, a 4:30 p.m. contest at Manhattan on Friday, February 8, 2008.