Nov. 30, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola College women's basketball team went on a 21-0 run in the first 9:36 of the game en route to a 64-59 win over American Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena despite a late second half surge by the Eagles. Loyola improves to 2-1 on the season while American takes its first loss for a 2-1 record.
The Greyhounds held the Eagles scoreless for almost a quarter of the game with tenacious defense before Chanel Hunt nabbed a basket for American at 10:24. But Loyola's defense continued to work hard, gaining as much as a 23 point lead at 4:42 left in the first half on a jumper by sophomore Lauren Troupe for a 33-10 score.The Greyhounds shot an outstanding 59.3% from the floor in the first half and were credited with 11 assists to American's three.
The Eagles offense got the chance to get within reach of Loyola through a 12-for-19 free-throw shooting effort in the second half. Both teams were assed 14 fouls in the second half but American made the most of the situation, shooting 63.2% while Loyola made just 9-for-19 (47.4%).
The game's leading scorer, Angel McNatt, brought the game within four with her three-pointer at 1:19. Lindsay Cobb was fouled on the following play and made one-of-one for a five point Greyhound lead before McNatt fired again from three-point range for a two-point game (61-59) at 1:05. On the next possession, Cobb was fouled again but missed both free throws. American's Kim Salem was fouled on the next play, missing both shots as well. Katie Scherle was next to the line for Loyola after she was fouled by McNatt with 30 seconds remaining. Scherle made the first for a 62-59 Loyola lead but missed the second. American's Jenyce Woodfruff grabbed the rebounds and McNatt tried to tie the game up with a three-pointer but came up short. Salem grabbed the offensive board and American's head coach, Shann Hart called the time-out with 11 seconds remaining. Joanna Barnes tried for a layup to bring the Eagles within one but missed and Jackie Valderas was there for the defensive board. She was quickly fouled by Chanel Spriggs and went to the line with two seconds remaining on the clock. Valderas sunk both free-throws for a 64-59 Loyola victory.
Loyola's scoring was distributed throughout the squad with Valderas and Troupe leading with 10. Both Cobb and Scherle added nine and Krystle Harrington and Brittany Dunn added eight a piece. Scherle led on the boards with 11. Harrington was also credited with four assists as was Kerri-Lynn Orsini.
McNatt was the game's leading scorer with 18 points off the bench and was followed by Salem with 11 and Hunt with 10.
The Greyhounds are now 3-9 against the Eagles, winning the last two meetings between the two teams.
Loyola will host a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents in the upcoming week, first with Iona on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 and Manhattan on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:00.