Dec. 5, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - Despite four players in double figures, Loyola women's basketball feel to Iona, 69-66, in their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the 2003-04 season. The Gaels improve to 2-3 and 1-0 in the conference with the win while Loyola falls to 2-2 and 0-1 in the MAAC.
The Greyhounds held their largest lead of seven after a Lindsay Cobb scored her second and the team's fourth three-pointer of the first half at 11:19 before Iona began clawing away at that slight cushion. The Gaels tied Loyola two times in the last five minutes, at 4:54, 00:54. Meg Abele's free throws with 54 seconds remaining tied and then gave Iona a one point lead, their first of the game. But with a half a second left on the clock, Trinette Gooding fouled Lauren Troupe on a defensive rebound and sent her to the line. Troupe made both shots for a 36-35 Greyhound lead at the half.
Loyola came out strong in the second half, building a 10 point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining but Iona again scrapped their way to the top, making it a four point game with 6:34 remaining on a three pointer from Abele. Abele the added another three points when she made a jump shot at 6:01, was fouled by Brittany Dunn and made the one-and-one for a 54-53 Loyola lead. The two teams traded the lead for the next five minutes before Iona held onto the lead for the win. The Gaels used good free throw shooting to seal the victory with a three-point play from Kendra Kirby and 3-for-4 shooting in the final 20 seconds from Toni Horvath.
Loyola had a chance to tie the game with nine seconds remaining after Abele missed a pair of free-throws. Jackie Valderas came up with the defensive rebound for Loyola. The Greyhounds quickly got the ball down court and into Troupe's hand for the three-pointer to tie the game. Troupe was initially blocked by Abele but came up with her own board and fired of another shot as the clock ran down but was unable to come up with a basket.
The Greyhounds were led by sophomore Kerri-Lynn Orsini with a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Cobb added 15 and tied a career-high seven assists while Troupe added 12 points off the bench and Katie Scherle managed 10 points a team-high eight boards.
Abele was the game's leading scorer with 20 points and nine rebounds and was joined in double figures by Fahy at 16 and Kirby with 12.
Iona shot an outstanding 43.5% from the floor to Loyola's 34.8%. The also completed on 25-of-32 from the free throw line for 78.1% while the Greyhounds shot just 61.1%, making 11-of-18.
Loyola will host another conference opponent on Sunday, facing Manhattan at 2:00 p.m.