Defense, Seniors' Play Keys Overtime Women's Basketball Overtime Victory

Feb. 18, 2008

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Loyola held Siena to just four points in overtime, and seniors Tynisha Davis, Vika Sholokhova and Meghan Wood led the Greyhounds to a 63-56 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at the Saints' Athletics Recreation Center.

Davis scored four of her team-high 15 points in the extra period, and Sholokhova and Wood played solid post defense against the Saints in the final five minutes.

Siena (9-16 overall, 5-10 MAAC) made just 2-of-8 shots and committed three turnovers in overtime. Loyola (12-13, 7-8), meanwhile, did not turn the ball over and was 3-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

"We had the same situation up here two years ago, but Siena scored and got fouled late in regulation, and we ended up losing," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Our seniors remembered that game, and they didn't let us lose tonight."

Loyola also forced two Siena turnovers on the Saints' last two possessions of regulation.

After Siena's Shondaya Burrell gave the Saints a 54-52 lead less than 15 seconds into overtime, Wood kicked a pass out to Siobhan Prior, who made her third 3-pointer of the game from the top of the perimeter.

Melissa Manzer and Laura Menty missed layups on the Saints' next possession, and Heather Stec traveled after an offensive rebound.

Davis took a handoff at the free-throw line, and drove to the basket for a lay-up that put Loyola ahead, 57-54, with 2:40 to play.

Following a turnover by Manzer, Sholokhova threaded a bounce pass through Siena's interior defense to a cutting Davis, who laid the ball off the glass, extending Loyola's advantage to five.

Manzer made a pull-up jumper on Siena's ensuing possession to close the gap to 59-56 with 1:42 remaining. The teams traded four possessions back-and-forth without scoring before Prior was fouled in the open court with 19 seconds left.

She hit both free throws to put Loyola ahead five, 61-56. Manzwer missed two 3-pointers on Siena's next possession, and Sholokhova was fouled on the rebound. She made both free throws, for her only points of the game, to provide the final difference.

Loyola took a four-point lead, 50-44, with 4:31 to play in regulation on a Davis jumper. Siena, however, scored the next six points to tie the game with 2:45 remaining on a Manzer jumper.

Wood put Loyola back up by two, 52-50, with just over two minutes left, but Menty tied the game with 1:47 remaining.

Burrell led Siena with 21 points, while Menty and Manzer each had 13.