Feb. 11, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola Greyhounds earned their third straight victory with a 74-55 win over the Rider Broncs on Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Senior center Vanessa Ruffin scored a game high 17 points and set a new career record while the `Hounds defense forced 25 turnovers and held the Broncs to just 1-for-10 shooting from downtown.
The victory improves the Greyhounds record to 10-4 in the MAAC and 15-9 overall. With the loss, Rider remains winless in the conference at 0-14 and drops to 1-24 on the season.
Rider jumped out to an early 5-4 lead but a 12-2 run by Loyola led by junior forward Vika Sholokhova's six points gave the `Hounds a nine-point advantage which they would not relinquish. The Greyhounds shot 50% from the floor in the first half while holding Rider to just 30.4% and forcing 14 turnovers. Senior guards Jill Glessner and Brittany Dunn led the attack with eight points each.
In the second half both teams battled as they traded baskets for the majority of the period. Rider's Shaunice Parker attempted to bring the Broncs back in the game scoring all of her 15 points in the final 20 minutes. But Ruffin took over for the `Hounds scoring 12 points off 5-for-6 shooting from the field.
Ruffin finished with 17 points and two rebounds. Glessner collected 14 points and seven boards while Sholokhova ended with 14 points, eight rebounds and a game-high five assists. Tynisha Davis added eight points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Both Dunn and freshman Kaitlin Grant added seven points. Siobhan Prior and Erica DiClemente each dished out four assists.
Parker led the way for the Broncs collecting a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Danielle Costantino added 10 for Rider.
The Greyhounds will look to continue their win streak when they face off against conference champion Marist on February 16 at 7:00 in Reitz Arena.