March 2, 2007
Bridgeport, Conn. - Loyola hit nine-of-10 free-throws in the last minute and a half to earn a 63-60 win over Canisius in the quarterfinal round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds improve to 18-11 on the season and advance to the semifinal round on Saturday were they will face No. 2 Iona at 9:30 a.m. The game can be seen live on MASN. The Golden Griffs fall to 16-14 as their season comes to a close.
"This time of year you have to do everything you can to ensure you move on to the next round," head coach Joe Logan said. "Today we did. Our team did a great job. We had four days to prepare for Canisius and they worked hard. We communicated and did a great job on the boards."
The Greyhounds started the game strong behind back-to-back baskets by senior guard Jill Glessner. The game went back and forth for much of the next 10 minutes but when Canisius took their first lead, 20-19 with 7:28 to play, Loyola didn't let that last long as it went on an 11-0 run to take a 30-20 lead. The Greyhounds defense held the Griffs scoreless for over seven minutes in their run in which four Loyola players scored. Junior center Vika Sholokhova scored five points in the stretch while Glessner, senior guard Brittany Dunn and freshman forward Kaitlin Grant each scored two. Canisius Brittane Russell hit a three to close the half with the score set 30-23 with the `Hounds in the lead.
Loyola worked hard offensively to maintain their lead in the second half, getting up by as much as 14, 52-38 with seven minutes to play. But the Griffs wouldn't disappear, outscoring Loyola 11-2 over the next five minutes to cut the lead to one, 54-53 with just under two minutes to play. Dunn hit the next four free-throws to put Loyola ahead 58-53 with just under a minute left. A put back by Canisius' Amanda Cavo set the score at 58-55 with 47 seconds left. Glessner then hit one-of-two from the line for the 59-55 score. Griff Megan Lyte cut the lead to two again with her basket with 27 seconds on the clock before another 2-for-2 effort by Dunn gave Loyola a 61-57 lead at 23 seconds. Cavo hit a three on the Griffs next possession to cut the lead to one with 11 seconds. The Griffs were forced to foul and sent Glessner to the line were she hit both shots to extend the lead to 63-60. On Canisius' last possession, Cavo grabbed her own rebound off a three but as she took a second three-point shot as time ran down she was blocked by Loyola's Grant.
Dunn led with 20 points, adding three assists, three steals and two rebounds. Glessner scored 18 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out five assists and recorded a block and a steal. Freshman Erica DiClemente scored eight points off the bench while Vika Sholokhova added seven. Senior Meghan Wood grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
For Canisius, Cavo lead with 16 points. Lyte added 14 points and Abby Radunske scored 11.
The Greyhounds, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, face No. 2 Iona Saturday morning at 9:30.