Feb. 22, 2008
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara's Sarah Wilson scored 28 points and had 14 rebounds, as the Purple Eagles led by as many as 22 and defeated Loyola, 73-63, Friday night at the Gallagher Center in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
The loss snapped the Greyhounds (12-14 overall, 7-9 MAAC) four-game winning streak.
Meredith Tolley scored a career-high 20 points in the loss for Loyola.
"Niagara shot the ball very well tonight, and we did not shoot particularly well," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "They did some things defensively that really did not let us run our offense, but we also did not hit a lot of the shots that we were able to get."
Loyola's Candice Walker tied the score at 16-16 on a lay-up with 6:08 to play in the first half, but Cathy Rutter and Jennifer McNamee made back-to-back threes, giving the Purple Eagles (7-20, 5-11) a six-point advantage.
Wilson made consecutive jumpers to stake Niagara to its first double-digit lead of the game.
Walker stole the ball from Michelle Manfredi and converted it to a fast-break layup, trimming the deficit to eight with 1:04 remaining, but that was the closest the Greyhounds would get for the remainder of the game.
Niagara scored 13 of the second half's first 17 points to take a 26-25 lead with 16:45 remaining.
The Purple Eagles stretched their lead to on a McNamee 3-pointer, one of their 10 in the game, with just over 11 minutes left.
Loyola, however, trimmed its defict to 10, with a 10-0 run of its own. Freshmen did all of the scoring for the Greyhounds during that stretch, as Tolley had four, Alex Berlin had three, as did Melissa Bangay.
In addition to Tolley's career-high, Bangay and Berlin also recorded career-highs with seven and six points, respectively. Tolley had six rebounds to lead the team, and Bangay pulled down a career-high four.
McNamee made 4-of-10 3-pointers, and finished with 14 for the Purple Eagles.
The Greyhounds continue their road trip in the Buffalo area with a 2 p.m. game on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at Canisus.
"We have to shake this off and play hard at Canisius," Logan said. "We know that there are a lot of things that we need to do to get better, so we will work on them in practice and try to make adjustments and improvements."