Feb. 18, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola women's basketball team played a tough 40 minutes and came out victorious in a 56-43 win over Manhattan Friday night in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds snap a six game skid with the win and improve to 8-16 overall and 7-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Jaspers fall to 10-14 overall and 6-9 with the loss.
The first half saw a lot of back and forth play as the score was tied three times and the lead changed hands four. The Greyhounds led by as much as four points twice including a 10-6 mark after a lay-up by Brittany Dunn at 13:20. Manhattan went on a 7-0 run just seconds later sparked by a Gabrielle Cottrell three for the 13-10 lead at 11:57. The Jaspers maintained that lead and pushed it to 17-13 at 7:14 before Jackie Valderas scored back-to-back jump shots for a 17 all tie. Scherle gave the Greyhounds the lead with a basket at 4:13 before another Manhattan three, this one by Joann Nwafili to give the Jaspers a 20-19 advantage. But Loyola refused to go into the locker room with the deficit as they scored six straight points for a 25-20 mark at 1:48. The Greyhounds had not allowed the Jaspers to score a point for over three and a half minutes before Donnette Reed layed in the final one of the half with 27 seconds remaining. Loyola headed into halftime with a 25-22 advantage.
Loyola stormed out in the second half, determined not to let the lead slip away. After a Manhattan basket by Michel Berna-Silva to start the break, the Greyhounds went on a 13-2 run over nearly eight minutes to claim a 37-26 lead. Nwafili ended the near eight minute scoring drought for Manhattan to bring Loyola's lead back into single digits, 37-28 at 12:05 but it never got any closer. The Greyhounds hit 9-of-11 free-throws over the final 11 minutes in the 56-43 final. Valderas scored six points for Loyola in that stretch and Lauren Troupe added five, including a three-point play.
Scherle led Loyola with 13 rebounds and eight rebounds as Valderas followed with 12 points and five boards. Both shot 50% for the field on the night. Troupe added nine points off the bench. Dunn, Harrington and Jill Glessner each added six.
Nwafili and Serra Sangar led the Jaspers with 13 and 12 points respectively. Berna-Silva led on the board with six.