Feb. 23, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team fell to the Canisius Golden Griffins Friday night at Reitz Arena 63-59 as Jessie Lamparski hit one-of-two free throws with four seconds left for the visiting team to make it a two-possession game. The loss drops the Greyhounds to 11-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 16-11 overall. Canisius improves to 8-9 in the conference and 16-12 on the year.
With 18 seconds remaining and the score 57-59, the Greyhounds fouled and sent Canisius guard Amanda Cavo to the line. Cavo connected on the first shot but the second fell short and was rebounded by the Griffs. Canisius capitalized on the offensive board and made two free throws to bring the score 62-57. With time winding down senior guard Jill Glessner drove to the basket and made a lay-up, setting up Lamparski's trip to the charity stripe to close out the game.
Loyola jumped out to a quick start scoring the game's first ten points. Four different players scored in the run for Loyola with senior center Vanessa Ruffin and Glessner hitting the opening baskets and senior guard Brittany Dunn and junior forward Meghan Wood each recorded a three-point play to close out the run. The `Hounds held the Griffs scoreless for the first six plus minutes before Lamparski hit a lay-up to make the score 10-2 at the 13:47 mark. With tight defense and hot shooting, the Griffins went on a 19-7 run in the final 7:30 of the period. Megan Lyte hit a lay-up as time expired to give Canisius their first lead of the game 29-27 at intermission. The `Hounds struggled from the field in the first half only shooting 34.6 percent.
Loyola's defense kept the Griffs scoreless during the opening four and a half minutes of the second half. The `Hounds owned a 39-34 advantage before Canisius went on a 7-0 run led by Cavo's five points. Another late run by the Griffins started at the 6:23 mark and with the score knotted at 47. A 9-0 spurt, helped by a pair of three's by Lamparski and Brittane Russell, gave Canisius their largest lead of the game 56-47. The `Hounds battled back and cut the lead down to 57-59 before the Griffins won it at the free-throw line.
Four Greyhounds finished with double figures in the `Hounds last home game of the season. Freshman forward Kaitlin Grant and Wood led the way each scoring 12. It was a career-high for Grant while Wood added a team-high seven rebounds. Dunn added 11 points, shooting 5-5 from the charity stripe, while Glessner ended with 10. Dunn and Glessner also contributed by each dishing out five assists. Glessner also added four steals.
Megan Lyte had a game-high 15 points and collected eight rebounds for the Griffs. Russell and Cavo both scored 11 while Lamparski finished with ten. Laura Granzow led for Canisius on the boards with 10.
The Greyhounds travel to Saint Peter's for their final game of the regular season on Sunday, February 25.