Feb. 25, 2006
Bridgeport, Conn. - Loyola posted five players in double-figures led by senior Krystle Harrington's 19 points to beat Fairfield, 78-72 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Saturday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The win is the first over Fairfield on the road for Loyola since the 1995-96 season.
The Greyhounds finish the regular season 18-9 overall and with a conference record of 13-5 post tie their best conference record since 1998-99. The Stags fall to 10-17 overall and 7-11 in the conference.
"I'm proud of our effort tonight being down by seven in the second half and continuing to fight our way back into the game," head coach Joe Logan said. "Our players worked very hard on the defensive end and took advantage of our defensive rebounds by getting out and scoring in transition at times. All five seniors stepped up and made the best of their last regular season games."
The teams exchanged the lead eight times in the first half before Loyola went on a 7-0 run sparked by a lay-up by Harrington at 13:34. Lauren Troupe added a three-point play at 13:08 and Jackie Valderas posted a lay-up for a 17-10 score with 11:17 to play. The Stags worked to come back outscoring Loyola 7-2 over the next three minutes to cut the margin to 19-17. Jill Glessner nailed a three-pointer to push the advantage back to 22-17 with 8:02 to play. Fairfield cut the lead to three twice more before the `Hounds went on an 8-2 run to take their largest lead, 32-23 at 3:29. Katie Scherle scored two baskets in the run while Brittany Dunn and Valderas each added one. The squads exchanged baskets for a 34-25 score with 2:12 to play in the half. The Stags outscored Loyola 8-3 in the last two minutes to cut the halftime margin to 36-33.
Fairfield took the momentum from the first half to take the lead with a three-pointer by Cara Murphy and a three-point play by Sabra Wrice for the 39-36 score in the first minute of play. Harrington nailed a three to tie the game at 39 and Troupe hit two free-throws for a 41-39 Loyola lead at 18:22. Murphy and Wrice each scored baskets for a 43-41 Fairfield lead at 16:43. Loyola tied the game for the fourth time on a fast-break basket by Dunn off a Tynisha Davis defensive rebound and Troupe added a basket to give Loyola a 45-43 lead. Fairfield's Meeka Wertz scored the next nine straight points to give her team the advantage, 52-48 with 11 minutes to play. The Greyhounds responded scoring seven points to tie the game at 52 with 10:20 to play. The teams continued to go back and fourth tying four more times, the final 62-62 with 4:58 to play. Scherle, Harrington and Glessner each scored a basket in the next minute for a 68-63 Loyola lead to take a lead they never relinquished. Fairfield got within three twice in the final three minutes but the Loyola defense worked hard, nabbing five defensive rebounds and three blocks to hold on and get the win, 78-72.
Harrington led five Loyola players in double figures with 19 points and seven rebounds. Valderas and added 16, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Troupe and Glessner each chipped in 12 points. Scherle added 10 points.
Murphy led Fairfield with 19 points with four three point baskets. Werts finished with 13 points.
The Greyhounds will enter the MAAC Tournament Friday. Their opponent and seeding will be determined after Sunday's conference games.