Feb. 22, 2004
BUFFALO, NY - Canisius came out on top of a defensive battle Sunday afternoon over Loyola, 73-54. The Greyhounds fall to 11-14 with the loss and 7-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Griffs improved to 16-10 overall and 11-6 in the conference.
In the first half, the squads exchanged baskets and the lead to open the contest before Canisius went on a 7-0 run over almost four minutes of play to earn a 17-9 lead. The Greyhounds then made a run of their own, 10-2, to tie the game up at 19 with 8:03 remaining in the half. The Griffs would reclaim the lead but Loyola kept them on their toes, shooting 5-for-6 from the line to stay in the game at 33-30.
Canisius opened the first half with a 10-2 run, holding Loyola o just two free throws for the first four minutes. The Griffs took as much as a 12-point lead early on behind Becky Zak's efforts. Zak hit two threes as well as two free throws and a jump shot to give Canisius a 56-46 advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Loyola again went scoreless for over almost seven minutes allowing the Griffs to a set a 62-46 advantage with 4;30 remaining. Jill Glessner ended the drought with her basket at 4;20.
Canisius went on a 11-2 run in the final two minutes of the contest for a 73-54 score.
For the Greyhounds freshman Jill Glessner and Ebony Toliver set career-highs with 13 and eight points respectively. Glessner and Toliver also lead for Loyola. Glessner also lead on the boards with seven, sophomore Jackie Valderas tied with seven as well.
For Canisius Zak led the game with 20 points and was followed by jenel Stevens with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Cheri Wittleib was also in double figures with 12 points.
Loyola will next host Saint Peter's at home on Wednesday, February 25 as a part of a double-header with the men's team. The women's tip off is set for 6:30.