Women's Basketball Holds on to Top Manhattan, 55-47

Feb. 16, 2006

Box Score

Riverdale, N.Y. - Lauren Troupe recorded a double-double to lead Loyola to a 55-47 victory over Manhattan Thursday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Draddy Gymnasium. Troupe scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Greyhounds improve to 15-9 on the season and 10-5 in conference play. The Jaspers fall to 9-15 overall and 6-9 in the MAAC.

The game started slow for both teams but with the score set 11-6 in Manhattan's favor with 12:02 on the clock, Loyola put together a 13-0 run with tough defense and a fast past offensive effort for a 19-11 Greyhound lead. Four different Loyola players scored in the run with Katie Scherle leading with six points. After a basket by Manhattan's Joann Nwafili, Loyola put together a second run with 10 straight points for a 29-13 lead. Troupe scored five straight points in the run including a three-point play while Vanessa Ruffin added four points. The Jaspers scored the last four points in the half to pull closer, 29-17 but the Greyhounds had already made their mark.

Loyola maintained that 14-point lead early in the second half and did not let their lead slip lower than seven until there were less than three minutes left to play. After free-throws by Troupe for a 50-41 score at 3:48, Manhattan's Kelly Regan scored four straight points to cut the margin to 50-45 with 2:23 to play. Caitlin Flood add another Jasper basket for the 50-47 score at 1:54 but the Greyhounds remained composed and hit 5-of-6 shots from the free-throw line over the final minutes for the 55-47 final.

Troupe led Loyola with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Jackie Valderas added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Valderas scored all 12 points in the second half. Scherle was next for Loyola with nine points. Scherle's nine points moved her into 15th place on Loyola's all-time scoring list with 1,030.

Manhattan was led by Flood's 15 points and 10 rebounds. Regan added 12 points.

The Greyhounds win over Manhattan gives them 10 conference wins. It's the first time since the 2000-01 season that Loyola has posted more than nine MAAC wins.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its final two home games of the season by hosting Marist on Sunday, Feb. 19 and Niagara on Thursday, Feb. 23.