Feb. 25, 2007
Jersey City, N.J. - The Loyola College women's basketball team finished the regular season with a 74-53 win over Saint Peter's at the Yanitelli Center Sunday afternoon. It was just the second win for Loyola's women's team at Saint Peter's with the first coming during the 1993-94 season. The Greyhounds finish the regular season with a 17-11 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the conference while the Peahens fall to 10-16 overall and 7-111 in the league.
After senior guard Jill Glessner scored the initial basket, Saint Peter's went on 10-0 to take 10-2 lead at the 15 minute mark. The Greyhounds went on to score the next six straight baskets, a jumper by junior guard Tynisha Davis, a two-for-two effort from the line by freshman Erica DiClemente and a fast-break basket by Glessner, to cut SPC's lead to 10-8 at 13:08. After an exchange of baskets, the `Hounds on to went outscore the Peahens 11-2 over the next three minutes to take the lead 19-14. Five different Loyola players scored in the run. SPC's Tania Kennedy scored the next five points to tie the game at 19 at the seven minute mark but the Greyhounds wanted the lead. Junior forward Meghan Wood scored to claim the 21-19 lead and sophomore guard Siobhan Prior scored the next two baskets for the 25-19 lead at 4:41. Loyola continued to push to finish the first half, leading 33-22 at the intermission.
The Greyhounds continued to roll, opening the second half with an 8-0 run. Glessner recorded a steal and a basket at 18:29 before freshman forward Kaitlin Grant nabbed a steal to pass it forward to Glessner for the 37-22 score. Grant added a basket of her own at 16:45 and Wood scored off a pass from Glessner for the 41-22 lead at 16:11. After an exchange of baskets, the `Hounds went on another run, their second 11-2 run to take a commanding 52-27 lead with 11 minutes to play. Junior center Vika Sholokhova scored five points in the run while Wood, Glessner and senior guard Ebony Toliver each added two points. Saint Peter's would score the next basket but never got any closer. Loyola led by as much as 27, 72-45 with two minutes on the clock, and earned the win with a 74-53 final.
Glessner led, matching a career-high in points (23) and assists (seven) while adding eight assists and two steals. Sholokohova recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Davis added 11 points off the bench. Wood, DiClemente and Prior each added seven points. It was a career-high for Prior. Grant added six points and eight boards.
Elyse Siciliano led for SPC with 18 points and eight rebounds. Kennded ended with 13 while Natasha Morris added 12.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Friday at the MAAC Tournament.