Dec. 3, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team and first-year head coach Joe Logan got their first win at home in Reitz Arena Saturday night with a 69-57 win over St. Francis (Pa.). The Greyhounds are now 2-2 on the season while the Red Flash falls to 0-7.
"This is a great win for our program as St. Francis has been to the NCAA Tournament nine times in the last 10 years," Logan said. "The kids played hard and got tougher today. We did a great job of running when we could and executing in the half-court when we had to."
The game started with a lot of back and forth play but at the 13:49 mark with the score tied at 10, Loyola took over. The Greyhounds went on a 12 point run to take the score 22-10 with 6:45 left to play. Junior Jill Glessner, who scored 10 points in the first half, sparked the run while Jackie Valderas also added two baskets and Tynisha Davis and Brittany Dunn each added a pair of free-throws. The Red Flash ended a nearly 10 minute scoring drought at 4:27 when Christie Ayers scored on a put-back. Amber Hein added a basket 30 seconds later to set the score at 22-14 with 3:54 left in the half but the Loyola defense would keep them scoreless for the remainer of play while Valderas and Glessner added to the Greyhound lead for a 28-14 halftime lead.
The `Hounds, who have outscored their opponents 126-91 in the first half so far this season, saw their lead diminish early in the second half. After a layup by Lauren Troupe to start the game, the Red Flash scored three straight baskets to cut the margin to 30-20 at 17:38. Troupe scored her second basket of the night in the next play before a jumper by St. Francis' Whitney Robinson again cut the lead to 10. Valderas hit two free throws to push the Red Flash off , 34-22 but Hein also went to the line, hitting both shots for a 34-24 score with 14:33 to play. The Greyhounds then went on a 12-2 run with nine of the 12 points coming from Brittany Dunn. In the run, Dunn was credited with three baskets, including a three-point play and a total of three free-throws. The run gave Loyola a 47-26 lead with 11:12 left to play. St. Francis again got within 10 late in the game behind the solid play of Hein who scored 20 of her 26 points in the final seven minutes of play but the Greyhounds held on their last 11 points by going 11-for-13 from the line to close the score at 59-67. Davis scored seven points in the closing minutes of play with a three pointer at 3:38 and a 6-for-6 effort from the charity stripe.
Dunn led the Greyhounds with a total of 16 points, including 10 from the free-throw line while Davis added a career-high 15. Glessner added 14 and Valderas 13 while both pulled down nine boards for a team-high.
Hein led the Red Flash with 26 points and Ayers followed with 14. Kanisha Garrett pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, helping St. Francis to a 40-33 advantage.
Loyola remained at home hosting Howard on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.