Dec. 2, 2006
Emmitsburg, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team earned its second win of the season with a 65-61 victory over Mount St. Mary's Saturday in Knott Arena. The Greyhounds improve to 2-4 on the season while the Mountaineers remain winless at 0-5.
After MSM scored the opening basket, senior Brittany Dunn scored five straight points, including a three-point play while Vanessa Ruffin added two points for a 7-0 Loyola run to take a 7-2 lead at 18:13. The teams battled back and fourth but with the score tied at 13 with 14 minutes to play in the first half, the Greyhounds scored 15 straight points while holding the Mount scoreless for nearly six minutes for a 28-13 advantage at 9:17. Five Greyhounds scored in the run (Kaitlin Grant, Tynisha Davis, Dunn, Jill Glessner and Erica DiClemente) while DiClemente scored the final six straight points. MSM lowered the Loyola advantage to 14 but a three-point play by Ruffin set the margin at 33-16 with just over seven minutes to play in the half. The Mount got within nine with three minutes left in the half but Loyola returned the advantage to double-digits and finished the half with a 43-31 lead.
Loyola held onto their double-digit advantage early in the second half until a 7-0 run by the Mount set the score at 47-42 with 15:01 to play. The Mountaineers continued to cut the margin after two free-throws by Glessner, a 6-0 run got them within one, 49-48 at 11:32. The Greyhounds worked hard to keep MSM at bay, outscoring it 11-3 over the next five and a half minutes for a 60-51 score. Glessner and Dunn controlled the tempo in the run scoring two baskets each. The Mount once again cut that lead to one, 60-59, with a 9-0 run starting at 4:57 and ending with 52 seconds on the clock. But sophomore Ashley Alexander nailed a huge three-point basket with 49 seconds left to give Loyola a 63-59 advantage. Mount St. Mary's Dita Krumberga's layup with 14 seconds left set the score at 63-61 but two free-throws by Glessner sealed the victory for the Greyhounds, 65-61.
Glessner led with 19 points on a 6-for-11 effort from the field and a 7-for-7 mark from the line. She also recorded eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dunn scored 13 points while adding four assists and three steals. DiClemente added nine points while Ruffin added seven.
For Mount St. Mary's, Dominique Mazzuchi scored 16 points, 12 from three-point range. Ashley Liller scored 13 points while LaToya Butler added 11. Krumberga recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Loyola remains on the road, traveling to St. Francis (Pa.) on Monday. Game time is set for 7:00