Women's Basketball Falls to Hartford, 65-49 in Home Opener

Nov. 19, 2006

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team, despite a strong second-half effort, could not overcome its 32-18 halftime deficit, falling to Hartford 65-49 Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena. The `Hounds fall to 1-3 on the season while the Hawks improve to 3-1.

Hartford opened scoring strong, hitting its first three baskets to take a 6-0 lead and built up an eventual 15-3 lead at 14:21. Danielle Hood scored six points for the Hawks in that run. Senior Jill Glessner ended a near five minute scoring drought for Loyola with a basket at 13:08. The Hawks continued to lead in the first half, getting up by as much as 16, 30-14 with 2:34 to play in the half. Freshman Erica DiClemente cut the lead to 30-16 with a basket at 2:10. Neither team scored for over a minute before Hartford's Dina Delva's layup returned the margin to 16, 32-16 with 43 seconds left in the half. Freshman Kaitlin Grant ended scoring in the first half with her basket for a 32-18 score. Hartford's Hood scored 13 points in the first half.

After an exchange of baskets to start the second half and the score set at 34-20, the Greyhounds made a 6-0 run to bring the Hawks lead down to single-digits, 34-26 at 17:30. Junior Meghan Wood, Glessner and DiClemente each scored in the run. Hartford answered with a 6-1 run for the 42-29 score with 14:48 on the clock. Loyola continued to fight, this time outscoring the Hawks 7-2 over the next two minutes for the 44-36 score with 13:28 remaining. Grant scored the initial basket in the `Hounds run while senior Brittany Dunn added the five remaining points including a three-point play. However the Hawks would not back down and went on a 13-4 run to establish their largest lead 57-40 with just over eight minutes to play. Five different Hartford players scored in the run while Grant scored all four of Loyola's points in that time. The Greyhounds brought Hartford's lead down to 12 twice in the remaining minutes but no closer in the 65-49 final.

Glessner recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. She also dished out a team-high five assists. Grant added a career-high 11 points and added five boards. DiClemente also scored a career-high, adding eight points while Dunn also added eight.

Hartford's Hood finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds. Ikea Witt scored 14 points while three other Hawks scored six points. Delva nabbed 11 rebounds to lead Hartford.

The Greyhounds return to action next Saturday, November 25 when they host Towson in Reitz Arena. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.