Nov. 30, 2005
Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Loyola College women's basketball team earned its first win of the season and head coach Joe Logan got his first win as a head coach in a 84-75 victory over Long Island Tuesday night. The Greyhounds improved to 1-2 on the season with the win while Long Island fell to 1-4. Loyola posted five players in double figures led by junior Jill Glessner's career-high 16 points.
"We're very proud of the team facing adversity early in the second half and come back to win this game," Logan said. "It's a great step in the right direction and gives us something to build on going into Saturday's game against St. Francis."
LIU jumped out to an early lead to start the game with a three pointer by Brittani Kozak. Loyola quickly answered with a layup by Vanessa Ruffin and a three-pointer by Brittany Dunn for a 5-3 lead. Masa Susic hit the Blackbirds second three of the night to reclaim the lead 6-5 at 16:58 before Loyola took over. A 6-0 run gave the Greyhounds an 11-6 lead with 13:50 that they continued to build upon for the remained of the half. After an exchange of baskets, Loyola scored 13 straight points including seven from senior Jackie Valderas for a 23-10 score with 8:06 to play. Valderas hit a three-pointer to start the run as well as a jump shot and two free-throws to close out the streak. After another exchange of baskets, LIU score nine straights points on a three-point play by Amber Wirth, a three-point basket by Wirth and another three by Susic to get within four, 25-21 at 5:08. A basket by Krystle Harrington broke up the Blackbirds scoring before Wirth hit two free-throws to again get LIU closer, 27-23. The Greyhounds steadily built their lead back up for the last four minutes of the half for a 39-28 score.
The second half featured 36 fouls and a total of 45 trips to the free-throw line. The Blackbirds erased the deficit early on in the half and tied the game at 49 with 13:24 left to play. The Greyhounds went 6-for-6 from the line to reclaim the lead 54-49. LIU's Mikaelar Whippy broke up the scoring with a jump shot before Harrington went to the line for two shots to keep the lead at five, 56-51. Whippy went to the line and hit 1-of-2 for a 56-52 score with 9:12 left but the Blackbirds never got any closer. Loyola got up by as much as 11 points with a fast paced offensive game and continued trips to the free-throw line and ultimately won by a final score of 84-75.
It was the first time since defeating Canisius, 88-76 on January 16, 2004 that Loyola scored more than 80 points.
Glessner recorded a career-high with 16 points leading five Greyhounds in double figures. Glessner also added a game-high nine rebounds. Harrington and Katie Scherle added 15 points each. Harrington recorded a game-high seven assists. Also in double figures was Valderas with 13 and Dunn with 11.
Polona Oberc led the game with 23 points for LIU with 21 in the second half. Whippy added 14 and Wirth 11.
Loyola is back in action on Saturday when they host St. Francis (Pa.) at 4:00 p.m.