Feb. 19, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Led by Lauren Troupe and Jill Glessner, the Loyola College women's basketball team topped Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference leader Marist, 62-59 Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Glessner scored a career-high 20 points while Troupe recorded her second consecutive double-double to give the Greyhounds their first win over the Red Foxes in the last eight meetings. The win also snapped Marist's seven game win streak. The `Hounds, who were in third place before Sunday's game, improve to 16-9 overall and 11-5 in conference play while the Red Foxes, the first place MAAC team, fall to 19-6 on the season and 14-2 in the MAAC.
"I'm very proud of our effort today and our hard work throughout the season," head coach Joe Logan said. "I'm happy our kids are starting to see that hard work pay off. I'm ecstatic for the seniors to beat Marist and knock off the first place team. This hopefully the start of some great momentum going into the end of the regular season and the MAAC tournament."
Marist took the early lead with a 7-0 run to start the contest and got up by as much as 12, 22-10 with 8:42 left in the first half before Loyola began to chip away. The Greyhounds went on a 10-2 run to cut that lead to four, 24-20 with 4:12 left. Troupe was pivotal in the run, making two baskets and a defensive play tat resulted in a basket by Glessner.
The squads exchanged baskets for a 26-22 score before Marist scored three straight baskets to take a 32-22 lead with 2:23 left to play in the first half. However, Loyola again responded, scoring the last three baskets of the game, including a three by Krystle Harrington to close the half, 32-29 with Marist hanging onto a slim lead. The Greyhound defense also worked in the final two and a half minutes, not allowing Marist to score and forcing two turnovers.
Troupe made her presence known early in the second half with a basket after just 22 seconds of play and to cut the Red Foxes' lead to one, 32-31. Marist outscored Loyola 13-8 over the next seven minutes to get their largest second half lead, 45-39 with 12:23 left to play.
But the Greyhounds would not give up pressure at either end. Loyola scored the next 11 straight points to claim the lead on a 7-for-8 effort from the line and baskets by Brittany Dunn and Jackie Valderas for a 50-45 lead with 8:49 to play. Marist's Fifi Camara score on a put back to cut the `Hounds lead to 50-47 before two free-throws by Glessner and a basket by Valderas at the six minute mark gave Loyola its largest lead, 54-47.
Marist's Julianne Viani hit a three 20 seconds later and Camara added two free throws to get within two, 54-52 with 4:12 left. A basket by Troupe return the lead to four, 56-52 before two more Marist free-throws, this time from Kristen Vilardi cut the Loyola lead to two, 56-54 with 3:24 left to play. Harrington worked to keep the Red Foxes at bay with basket at the three minute mark for the 58-54 score before Camara scored the next three points, on a 1-for-2 effort from the charity stripe and a put-back basket to get within one, 58-57 with 1:54 on the clock. The Greyhounds continued to push with a basket by Dunn at 1:48 before another trip to the line for Camara at 1:20. Camara made both to cut Loyola's lead to one again, 60-59. On the next play, Glessner was fouled by Camara on the rebound and Glessner hit both shots to give Loyola a 62-59 advantage. Camara was called for an offensive foul the next time down court to give Loyola possession with 36 seconds to play. Viani made a steal with 12 seconds left to give Marist a chance to tie with a three but Meg Dahlman's shot with seven seconds left was short to give Loyola the 62-59 win.
Glessner scored a game-high and a career-high 20 points while adding four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Troupe recorded her second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Dunn and Valderas each added eight points. Harrington scored seven points while pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Camara led the Red Foxes with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Vilardi added 11 while Dahlman chipped in eight points.
Loyola shot an impressive 52.4% in the second half for a 45.3% effort on the day to Marist's 33.3%.
The Greyhounds host their final home game on Thursday, Feb. 23 against Niagara. Loyola's five seniors will be honored prior to the game.