Feb. 15, 2008
BALTIMORE - Erica DiClemente came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-7 from the field, and Loyola won its third game in a row, defeating Rider, 55-49, Friday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
Loyola (11-13 overall, 6-8 MAAC) overcame a poor shooting performance, making just 14-of-41 shots (34.1-percent) by hitting 25-of-35 free throws.
Led by DiClemente's game-high tally, the Greyhounds had 29 points off their bench.
Vika Sholokhova scored six points, all on free throws, and had a game-best 13 rebounds off the bench.
"Vika having 13 boards was huge," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "She wasn't necessarily scoring, but she cleaned up everything on the boards. (DiClemente) came off the bench and had another good game shooting the ball, and it was kind of scoring by committee."
Meghan Wood played for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on January 23. She played 14 minutes off the bench and scored eight points.
"It was great to see `Woody' back out there tonight. The fans that follow us really appreciated seeing her, too," Logan said. "To be honest, I am probably the happiest to see her out there, other than `Woody' herself. Now that she played 14 minutes, she's going to tell me that she's ready to go 40, but it was just good to see her get back in the flow and start to get her timing and wind. She is just such an emotional lift for us."
Loyola held its opponent scoreless for the first 6:30 of the game for the second contest in a row, but the Greyhounds did not fare well from the field early in the game either.
Candice Walker scored the game's first points at the 16:18 mark on two free throws. Loyola was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the first eight minutes, but neither team made a field goal until Rider's Amanda Sepulveda drilled a 3-pointer with 12:13 to play in the first half.
Loyola grabbed a 13-point advantage, 19-6, with 6:19 left on a Siobhan Prior jumper, but Rider trimmed the advantage back to six, 21-15, with just under three minutes left before halftime on another Sepulveda three.
Loyola, however, scored the next seven points, capped by an off-balance DiClemente 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring. Janele Henderson's 3-pointer pulled the Broncs (7-18, 2-12) within 109, 28-18, at halftime.
Henderson made two more threes in the first four minutes of the second half, cutting Loyola's lead to two, 30-28, with 16:35 left.
Wood made a turn-around jumper on Loyola's next possession, but Tammy Meyers hit a pull-up jumper Rider's next trip down the court to reduce Loyola's lead to two points.
Two free throws by Wood, a Meredith Tolley layup and a DiClemente three, however, extended the Greyhounds advantage back to nine, 39-30, with 12:10 remaining.
Rider pulled as close as four on two occasions, as Meyers made a three with just under nine minutes left and on a Sepulveda three with 32 ticks remaining, but two Sholokhova free throws with 29 seconds left sealed the win.
"We know that Rider is much improved over where they were a year ago," Logan said. "They came out and were not going to stop fighting. We thought that we had to contain their guards, and we did that to an extent. (Rider) forced us out of our sets and caused us to run more back ends, but we were able to get to the free-throw line."
Sepulveda and Henderson each scored 13, and Meyers added 11, but no other Broncs player had more than three points. The trio also was just 14-of-42 from the field to score the 37 points.
Prior had nine points, and Tynisha Davis added eight for the Greyhounds.
Loyola returns to action with a 7 p.m. road game at Siena on Monday, February 18, 2008.