Dec. 8, 2006
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - The Loyola College women's basketball team dropped its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener to Marist Friday night by a score of 60-50 at the McCann Center. The Greyhounds fall to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference while the Red Foxes improve to 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in the MAAC.
The teams went back and fourth to start with neither team leading by more than two and five ties in the first 10 minutes of play. Loyola established the largest lead, 15-12 after a three-point play by junior Meghan Wood at 9:42. Neither team scored for the next three minutes for the Greyhounds to hold onto that advantage before a layup by Marist's Lynzee Johnson cut the lead to 15-14. Senior Jill Glessner answered with a basket of her own for the 17-15 score at 6:16 but four straight points by Marist's Julianne Viani gave the Red Foxes' a 18-17 lead at 4:52. The game remained close for the next four minutes with the teams exchanging the lead but never up by more than two. Loyola held that advantage 24-22 with 1:46 on the clock when Johnson added another basket to tie the game for the ninth time and a three by Shannon Minter gave Marist a 27-24 advantage with a minute left. Viani added two free throws for he largest lead of the game, 29-24 with 28 on the clock. Senior Vanessa Ruffin hit two free-throws to close out the half 29-26.
Marist continued to lead in the second half, getting up by as much as 33-26 early. Loyola cut the margin to two twice later in the half but the Red Foxes continued to push and got up by as much as 15, 55-40 with five minutes left to play. Loyola worked hard to erase the deficit but never got closer than the 60-50 final.
Ruffin scored a game-high 16 points. Brittany Dunn added 14 while Wood scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Glesner added seven rebounds.
For Marist, Rachele Fitz scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Sarah Smrdel scored 11 points while Viani added 10. Alisa Kresge tallied 10 assists.
The Greyhounds remain on the road as they travel to Rider on Sunday.