Dec. 6, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - After opening the season 0-2, head coach Joe Logan and the Loyola College women's basketball team are now 3-2 with three straight victories including an 83-65 win over Howard Tuesday night at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds posted five players in double figures in the win with Jill Glessner in the lead with 14 points. The Lady Bison fall to 1-4 with the loss.
The Greyhounds played a complete game with every dressed player scoring at least a point. Loyola shot an impressive 54.7%, out-rebounded Howard an astonishing 51-21 and dished out 24 assists to the Lady Bison's four.
The `Hounds started the contest three straight baskets, including two by Vanessa Ruffin. Howard got on the board for the first time at 17:12 with a basket by Ebony Lacey for a 6-2 mark.
Loyola played to their strengths with an up-tempo style much of the first half and built up their largest lead, 46-24 to close the half. The Greyhounds worked hard to maintain possession of the ball for much of the half with 23 rebounds, 10 offensive and 13 defensive and by making defensive plays with four steals on the half to create chances at their own basket. Glessner had 10 of her 14 points at the half-way point.
Early in the second, Loyola built on its half-time lead. After a basket by Lacey at 18:37 to set the score at 50-26, the Greyhounds did not allow another field-goal by the Lady Bison for nearly 10 minutes to take their largest lead, 62-31. Howard worked to erase the deficit and got as close as 16 points with just over three minutes left but Loyola maintained its composure and its lead for the 83-65 win.
Glessner led Loyola with 14 points and was followed in double-figures by Jackie Valderas with 13 points ad Lauren Troupe, Krystle Harrington and Ruffin each with 10. Ruffin's 10 points was a new career-high. Troupe added 10 rebounds for a game-high, followed by Valderas' eight boards. Katie Scherle wasn't far off double figures with eight points and seven rebounds. Brittany Dunn also added seven points and seven assists.
Howard's Shannon Carlisle scored a game-high 24 points off the bench and was followed in double figures by Christina Aden (13) and Lacey (11).
Loyola opens its early conference schedule at Iona on Friday. Tip-off in New Rochelle, N.Y. is set for 7:30.