Feb. 23, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team celebrated Senior Day with style with a 76-44 win over Niagara. The 32-point win is the largest for the Greyhounds victory since a 70-44 win over Marist in 1998. Loyola improves to 17-9 overall and 12-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play while the Purple Eagles fall to 3-23 overall and 2-15 in the league.
After Niagara opened the contest with a basket by Baltimore native Danie Mosca, Loyola's senior starting five went on a seven-point run to take a 7-2 lead at 16:37 and never looked back.
The Greyhounds quickly built upon their lead and extended it to double-figures by the 12-minute mark, 19-8. Jill Glessner kept the lead at 11, 25-14 with 6:47 left in the half with her basket that sparked a 14-point Greyhound run. Six different Loyola players scored in the run that gave Loyola a 37-14 lead while the team was playing hard on the defensive end as well, holding Niagara without a basket for nearly six minutes. Niagara added a three-point basket to close out the half with a 37-17 score.
Loyola shot an impressive 54.8% from the field in the first half to Niagara's 23.3%.
The Greyhounds lead continued into the second half and with a three-point play by Jackie Valderas took a 44-17 margin at 17:48. Loyola's defense held Niagara scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of play in the second half and without a basket from the floor for the first three and a half minutes.
Loyola continued to build upon their lead throughout the second half and took their largest margin 76-40 on back-to-back three-point baskets by freshman Siobhan Prior with 1:40 left to play. Niagara added the last two baskets for the 76-44 score.
Lauren Troupe led with 13 points and six rebounds. Brittany Dunn added 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Jackie Valderas, Katie Scherle and Tynisha Davis each added nine points. Scherle recorded a career-high five assists and hit her first career three-point basket in her final game at Reitz Arena. Glessner added eight points while Prior scored six points.
Seniors Kerri-Lynn Orsini, Krystle Harrington, Katie Scherle, Lauren Troupe and Jackie Valderas combined for 39 points, 24 rebounds, 12 assists, four blocks and three steals in their final outing at Reitz Arena.
Sara Prybyl led Niagara with nine points while Jennifer Roueche led the game in rebounds with 11.
Loyola's 17-9, 12-5 record is the Greyhounds best record since the 2000-01 season when they posted a 19-10, 12-6 record.
The Greyhounds close out the regular season on the road at Fairfield on Feb. 25.