Feb. 16, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team gave Marist its first conference loss of the season Friday night with a 62-55 win in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds, who are the second place team in the MAAC, improve to 16-9 overall and 11-4 in conference play while the first place Red Foxes fall to 21-5 and 14-1 in the league. The Loyola win snaps a 12-game winning streak for Marist.
The Greyhounds outrebounded the Red Foxes 35-26 in the win and hit 18-of-21 free-throws compared to Marist's 5-for-10 effort for the charity stripe.
"I'm happy for our seniors, our whole team really," head coach Joe Logan said. "We worked hard for this win. They [Marist] beat us at their place earlier this season and in the championship game last year. They are a great program and we're happy to be on the same level as them. Tonight we executed the offense and hit free-throws when we needed to. We've got a lot of work ahead of us though. There are three games left, two on the road, and to win this thing [MAAC Tournament], we'll have to play Marist again."
Marist led early on but with the score set at 13-6 at 13:43, Loyola slowly began to chip away. Junior center Vika Sholokhova earned a three-point play at 13:25 to cut the lead to 13-9. Senior guard Jill Glessner added a basket at 12:20 for the 13-11 score. The teams went back and fourth but at 8:44 with the score set at 17-13 and Marist in the lead, the Greyhounds took control.
Loyola tied the game at 17, 19 and 20 but with Marist ahead 22-21 at 6:27 the Greyhounds needed the lead. They went on a 9-2 run sparked by senior Vanessa Ruffin's initial basket for the 23-22 lead, Loyola's first of the game. On the next trip down the court, Sholokhova stole the ball and gave the Greyhounds an opportunity to build their lead. And with sophomore Siobhan Prior's three-point basket at 4:50, they did just that for the 26-22 mark. A basket by Marist's Meg Dahlman broke up scoring but Ruffin added another basket and Glessner scored at 1:30 for the 30-24 lead at intermission.
After a basket by Dahlman to start the second half, the Greyhounds went on a 6-2 run to take a 34-26 lead at 18:35. Glessner scored twice in the run while Sholokhova hit two free-throws. Marist didn't go quietly however. With the Loyola lead still at eight points, 36-28 at 17:38, the Red Foxes went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 39. Luckily, the Greyhounds seemed to have an answer for everything from then on as Sholokhova hit a three at 14:27 to return the lead to the Greyhounds, 29-26, and they never let it go. Down the stretch, Loyola seemed to answer every Marist score and connected on 6-of-8 free-throws in the final 38 seconds to earn the 62-55 win.
Loyola was led by Sholokhova's 21-point performance. She added 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and added three steals, two blocks and an assist. Glessner added 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block. Ruffin scored eight points off the bench. Senior Ebony Toliver added six points including a 4-for-6 effort from the free-throw line. Freshmen Erica DiClemente and Kaitlin Grant helped the rebounding effort with five each. Senior Brittany Dunn added four points and two assists while Prior had three assists to go with her three-point basket.
Viani lead Marist with 14 points and four assists. Nikki Flores added 11 points. Rachele Fitz and Sarah Smrdel each added eight points.
The Greyhounds return to action on Monday when they travel to Iona. Game time is set for 7:30.