Women's Basketball Falls to Saint Peter's, 67-53

Feb. 9, 2005

Box Score

Jersey City, N.J. - The Loyola College women's basketball team fell to Saint Peter's on the road 67-53 Wednesday night at the Yantelli Center. The Greyhounds fall to 7-15 overall with the loss and 6-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Peahen's improve to 9-14 overall and 5-8 in the conference.

After a slow offensive start for both teams, Saint Peter's jumped out to a 13-6 lead at 12:18 in the first half. Loyola got into an offensive rhythm with a five-point run to pull within two, 13-11 at 10:20. The Peahens worked to build up a 19-11 lead over the next two minutes before Meghan Wood fed the ball into Jackie Valderas under the basket at 8:16 to end that drought. Both teams went scoreless from the floor for the next two minute of play until SPC's Tyonna Vance scored five straight points, giving the Peahens a 25-15 lead with 4:34 left to play in the half. Jill Glessner scored her first basket of the game to cut the deficit to 25-17 at 4:22. Vance then went 1-for-2 from the line and Kristen Hood scored a second chance basket to give Saint Peter's its largest lead of the half, 28-19 with 2:19 left to play. Lauren Troupe started a Loyola run with six straight points of her own for a 28-23 score with just over a minute to play in the half. The Greyhounds continued their run with a basket by Valderas with 57 second left. Brittany Dunn followed with a defensive play and went coast-to-coast with the ball, bringing Loyola within one at 28-27 with 37 ticks remaining. Tiffany Jones hit two shots from the free-throw line for the 30-27 halftime score. Loyola held SPC without a field-goal from the final 2:36 of the half.

The Peahens started the second half with an 11-1 run to earn a 41-28 lead at 17:08. Saint Peter's continued in that fashion, building up their largest lead, 44-30, on a 1-for-2 effort by Vance before Kerri-Lynn Orsini sparked a 6-0 run for the Greyhounds with a basket at 11:56. Troupe and Ebony Toliver followed with baskets of their own for the 44-36 score. The squads exchanged baskets before Elina Kalnina scored four points with a three-point play and a 1-for-2 effort from behind the charity stripe for a 50-38 SPC with 8:46 remaining. Toliver fed Valderas the next trip down the court for Loyola, cutting the deficit to 50-40. Glessner then went 1-for-2 from the line at the eight minute mark for a 50-41 score but that was the closest the score would get as Saint Peter's went to the line, hitting 9-of12 shots for the 67-53 final.

Loyola was led by a 12-point showing by both Valderas and Troupe. Glessner pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.

The Peahens posted three in double figures with Vance and Jones sharing the lead at 14. Hood added 11.

The Greyhounds held the advantage on the boards at 38-35 but were outshot by a margin of 43.4%-33.9%.

Loyola is back in action at home on Saturday, February 12 as they host Marist at 12:00 as a part of a televised double header.