Feb. 8, 2008
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Loyola's Tynisha Davis took a pass from Vika Sholokhova and laid the ball off the backboard with 3.4 seconds left to give the Greyhounds a 62-61 victory over host Manhattan on Friday afternoon in Draddy Gymnasium.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Greyhounds (9-13 overall, 4-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
It was a head's up play by Davis that gave Loyola a chance for the go-ahead basket. Sholokhova missed a baseline jumper with just over 10 seconds left, and Manhattan's Gabrielle Cottrell came down with the rebound.
Davis, however, tied the ball up to cause a jump ball, and the possession arrow was in Loyola's favor with 9.7 seconds left.
Sholokhova took a pass from Meredith Tolley on the right block and backed down her defender. While turning to the basket, she found Davis cutting from the left side. Her pass hit Davis in stride, and the senior laid the shot off the glass.
"Vika was very patient on the play," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "In the end of the game, we want to go to our seniors (Davis and Sholokhova). I am proud of our kids for playing hard tonight no matter if we were up or down."
The Jaspers (13-10, 8-4) had a final opportunity to win, as Joann Nwafili caught Cottrell's inbound pass at midcourt. She turned and dribbled past the free throw line, but her lay-up attempt went off the rim.
There were 14 lead changes in the game, and neither team led by more than six points.
The Greyhounds took a 58-52 lead with 4:08 remaining on a Sholokhova 3-pointer from the left side.
Manhattan, however, scored the next seven points and went ahead 59-58 with 1:07 left on a turnaround jumper by Caitlin Flood.
On the offensive end for Loyola, Candice Walker created space with a jump-stop off the dribble and banked a shot off the glass to give the Greyhounds a 60-59 advantage with 45 ticks left.
The Jaspers went back to Flood on the offensive end, and their leading scorer made another move in the post and had a lay-up to give them a 62-61 lead with just over 32 seconds left, setting up the final sequence.
"We could've folded this week after we lost a couple," Logan said. "We had a good week of practice and a good walk-thru in the hotel last night. We missed some easy shots, but we got them back on the defensive end."
Loyola shot 48.1-percent from the field, its best mark of the season.
Siobhan Prior led the Greyhounds with 15 points, 11 coming in the first half. She played all 40 minutes and tied her career-high with three 3-pointers.
Sholokhova added 14, while Walker scored 10 points and had game-highs of seven rebounds and six assists. Tolley chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and a career-best four assists.
Cottrell led all scorers with 16 points, while Flood added 15.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Sunday, February 10, at 12 p.m. to host Saint Peter's College on Women In Sports Day.