Dec. 10, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhounds came back from a 37-27 halftime deficit to defeat Iona, 65-63 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball action Friday night at the Hynes Center. Loyola, with four straight wins, improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Gaels fall to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in MAAC action.
The Greyhounds four straight wins gives them the first four-game win streak since the 2002-03 season when they defeated Marist, Iona, UMBC and Towson.
"I'm very proud of our kids effort early in the second half being down by 12, chipping away at Iona's lead and coming back on the road," head coach Joe Logan said. "Our team did a terrific job. Iona is a very talented team and any time you can get a road win in the league is going help us down the line."
Iona got up by 12 early, 42-30 in the second half and but the Greyhounds worked the erase their deficit. After a three minute scoring drought by both teams, Lauren Troupe scored five points in 30 seconds to cut Iona's margin to 42-35 at 13:37. After an Iona basket, a 3-for-4 effort from behind the line by Brittany Dunn at and a three by Krystle Harrington gave the Greyhounds hope with the score set at 47-41 wit 10:21 to play. McLean added a basket to cushion Iona's lead but Loyola would not back down.
Back-to-back baskets by Davis and Brittany Dunn set the score at 49-45. Martina Weber tried to keep Loyola at bay with a basket for Iona at 9:20. Davis took over scoring eight points in less than two minutes to pull the Greyhounds within three, 55-52. Jill Glessner scored on a put-back for a 55-54 score with 5:38 to play.
Iona's Tiara Headen tried to end Loyola's run to the lead with a basket at 5:18 for the 57-54 mark. But two free-throws by Jackie Valderas and a clutch three-point basket by Glessner gave Loyola a 59-57 advantage with just over four minutes to play. Weber tied the score for Iona at 59 at 3:57 until a basket for Valderas ten seconds later to returned the advantage to Loyola, 61-59 with 3:47 remaining.
The teams took two trips to Iona's end of the floor without a basket before Harrington gave the Greyhounds a 63-59 advantage. Weber against pulled the Gaels within two, 63-61 at 2:36.
Harrington gave Loyola a four point lead for the second time with her basket at 1:46. Weber did her best to get Iona the advantage by scoring her third straight basket for a 65-63 mark with 1:34 remaining but the Loyola defense held on forcing three missed Iona baskets and pulling down three defensive rebounds including a rebound the Gael's last second shot by Melissa Yeagley to maintain possession and the 65-63 lead for the win.
Davis led the four Greyhounds in double figures with 14 points off the bench. Harrington added 13 points while adding a career-tying nine assists. Troupe and Glessner each scored 11 points. Valderas led Loyola on the boards with 10 while Troupe chipped in nine for a near double-double.
Weber and Headen each scored a game-high 16 points for Iona. Headen added a game-high 12 rebounds.
Loyola continues MAAC play by hosting Fairfield on Sunday. Tip-off of the double header is set for 12:00.