Women's Basketball Falls to Canisius, 72-70 in the Second Round of the MAAC Tournament

March 5, 2004

Box Score

ALBANY, NY - Loyola rallied back from a 38-27 half-time deficit to tie Cansisus but four free-throws by Becky Zak in the final seconds of the contest pushed the golden Griffs past the Greyhounds, 72-70. Loyola finishes the season with a 14-15, 9-9 record. Canisius advances to the quarterfinal round to face regular season champion, Siena.

After trading the initial baskets, Canisius got up by 10 at 16:54 after three three point baskets and a layup. The Greyhounds worked to diminish that lead with seven straight points from Lauren Troupe to cut the lead to 20-13. The Griffs came back and built up a 13 point lead with 6:35 remaining but Loyola went on a 8-0 run over the next two minutes to cut the lead to five, 29-24. The Greyhounds held Canisius scoreless over those two minutes and nearly two more before Player of the Year Candidate, Jenel Stevens broke the drought with her basket with 2:09 remaining for a 34-24 score. The Griffs went on to outscore Loyola 8-3 in the final minutes of the half for a 38-27 lead.

Canisius got up by 16 at 16:17 in the first half but a three-pointer by senior Lindsay Cobb at 16:05 rallied the troops with the score at 49-36. Cobb's basket sparked a 15-2 run for the Greyhounds, cutting the Girffs lead to five, 53-48. Loyola continued to work hard on both ends, chipping away at Canisius' lead before tying the game up at 57 with 8:18 remaining on a basket from Glessner of a steal by Cobb. Loyola took the lead after Troupe hit a free throw and Glessner scored again, this time off a steal by Harrington. Cherrie Wittleib hit two threes for Canisius over the next minute to regain the lead for the Griffs, 63-60. The 'Hounds didn't give up on either end and tied the score again at 66 with 2:44 remaining with a jumper by Cobb. The teams traded the lead again with Loyola holding a 70-68 advantage with 57 seconds remaining. Zak went to the line twice, hitting all four shots, over the last 41 seconds for the win.

Troupe led the Greyhounds with 17 points and was followed by Harrington with 16 and Scherle with 11. Scherle added seven rebounds, tying Glessner for a team-high. Glessner also had nine points, five assists, two steals and a block. Cobb had a solid line in her final game as a Greyhound with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Canisius had four players in double-figures with Zak leading the way with 21. She was followed by Wittlieb with 14, Lonnie Brown with 12 and nine rebounds and Lamparski off the bench with 10. The Greyhound defense held Stevens to just five points.

The future is bright for the Greyhounds however. They will return 11 of 12 players who dressed this season as well as bringing back injured guard Shannon Kelleher and adding transfer Vanessa Ruffin.