Women's Basketball Falls to Canisius, 87-81

Feb. 5, 2006


Buffalo, N.Y. - Loyola College senior Katie Scherle scored her 1,000th point in an 87-81 loss to Canisius on Super Bowl Sunday at the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius hit 32-of-42 shots from the free-throw line while the Greyhounds went to the charity stripe just 25 times, making 19 of those shots. The `Hounds, who were on a five-game win streak going into the contest, fall to 13-7 on the season and 8-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Golden Griffs improve to 12-9 on the season and 9-3 in the league.

Scherle scored her 1,000th career point on lay-up with 7:37 left in the first half. She finished with eight points for a career total of 1,005 points.

The first half went back and forth with six lead changes and two ties. After a Canisius basket to open the contest, Loyola used a six point run to claim an early 6-2 lead. Brittany Dunn scored the first two baskets for Loyola while Vanessa Ruffin added the final two points. The Golden Griffs took over the lead with a 7-2 run for a 9-8 score at 14:12 before a three-point play by Lauren Troupe returned the advantage to the Greyhounds, 10-9.

Canisius reclaimed the lead at 11:40, 13-11 and added two more baskets to build up their largest lead 15-11 at 10:57. Kerri-Lynn Orsini hit back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 15 but Canisius took back the advantage and got up by as much as five, 26-21. A 7-0 run by Loyola gave the Greyhounds a 28-26 lead with 2:11 left to play in the first half before the Griffs answered with their own 7-0 run to take a 33-28 advantage. Krystle Harrington cut the margin to 33-30 with a lay-up before a 1-for-2 effort from the charity stripe by Becky Zak gave Canisius the 34-30 half-time lead.

The Griffs built on the lead early in the second-half and with the score set at 43-37 with 14:37 to play went on a 13-2 run for a 56-39 advantage with 11:33 on the clock. Six of Canisius points in that run came from the free-throw line. The squads exchanged three-point baskets for a 59-42 score at 9:57. Katie Scherle then went to the line for Loyola making both shots but just four seconds later Zak hit two shots at the stripe for the 61-44 score with 9:35 to play.

Canisius got up by as much as 21, 51-30 with 5:47 to play before the Greyhounds began to chip away. Loyola outscored the Griffs 12-5 over the next two minutes to cut the deficit to 76-62. Harrington scored five of Loyola's 12 while Jackie Valderas added four and Dunn added a three-point play. Canisius went to the line for a 1-for-2 effort before Harrington and Dunn each used two points each to cut the margin to 77-66 with just over two minutes to play. The Griffs hit 1-of-2 from the stripe again but Jill Glessner hit two shots at the free-throw line and at 1:48 and hit a three at 1:44 to cut Canisius' lead to 78-71.

The teams continued to head to the free-throw line for the next minute of play for the 84-74 score. Cheri Wittleib and Amanda Cavo combined for a 6-for-6 effort from the Griffs while Loyola added three points from the line. Harrington hit her third three of the day to return the deficit to single digits, 84-77 with 30 seconds to play. Canisius' Jessi Lampasrki went to the line for a 1-of-2 effort three seconds later for the 85-77 score. On the next trip to Loyola's end of the court, Tynisha Davis grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed free-throw and used a quick lay-up to get Loyola within six, 85-79 with 20 seconds to play. Wittleib hit two more free-throw with 12 seconds left for a 87-79 score and Ruffin was fouled on a rebound for Loyola, hitting both shots in the 87-81 final.

Loyola shot 49.2% from the field, hitting 29-of-59 shots while the Griffs hit 24-of-47 for a 51.1% effort.

Harrington tied a career-high with 20 points while Glessner recorded a new career-high with 19. Dunn added 11 and Scherle finished with eight.

Wittleib scored 26 points for a game-high with nine of those points coming from the free-throw line. Zak added 13 and Laura Granzow chipped in 12 from the bench.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Friday for a MAAC match-up with Rider. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.