Women's Basketball Falls in Thriller with Fairfield, 76-71

Dec. 11, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Fairfield broke Loyola women's basketball's four game win streak with a 76-71 victory at Reitz Arena Sunday. The Greyhounds fall to 4-3 overall with the loss and 1-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play while the Stags improve to 4-3 and 2-0 in the conference.

With Fairfield leading 15-10 at 14:07, Loyola's Brittany Dunn went on a six point tear to give the Greyhounds the lead 16-15 with 12:54 to play in the first half.

The Stags reclaimed the lead and quickly got up 31-20 with 5:06 remaining. A three-for-four effort from the line for Loyola lowered the margin to 30-24 before Fairfield's Candice Lindsay's put back gave the Stags a 32-24 advantage.

After an exchange of baskets, Loyola's Jackie Valderas went on a six point run of her own to get her team within two, 34-32 with 2:23 left in the half.

Fairfield's Sabra Wrice ended Valderas' run with five points of her own for the 39-32 mark.

Loyola added baskets from Krystle Harrington and Jill Glessner as time ran out on the half for the 39-36 halftime score.

Both teams relied on free-throws for points in the opening four minutes of the second half before a basket by Loyola's Lauren Troupe at 15:38. Troupe scored again 20 seconds later for the 41-40 Fairfield lead.

The Stags spent the next six minutes building their lead up to 60-51 before a 10-0 by the Greyhounds claimed the lead, 61-60. The run was sparked by Troupe's basket at 8:40, followed by a basket by Valderas, a four-for-four effort from the charity stripe by Troupe and capped by Dunn's fast-freak basket after a steal by Tynisha Davis at 6:10.

The squads would exchange the lead seven times over the next five minutes but after two free-throws by Dunn and the lead in Loyola's favor, 69-68 with 1:14 to play, Wrice scored to give Fairfield the lead. The Stags went four-for-four from the line to take a 74-69 lead. Harrington got Loyola back within three, 74-71 with a layup with seconds on the clock but Wrice went to the line for the final two free-throws of the game and made both for the 76-71 final.

The Greyhounds were led by Troupe's 16 points and eight rebounds. Valderas added 15 points and eight rebounds. Dunn scored 14 points and dished out six assists while Glessner rounded out the `Hounds in double-figures with 11. Harrington had a game-high seven assists to go with eight points.

Wrice led the game with 26 points while Stephanie Ryan added 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double off the bench.

Loyola returns to its non-conference schedule on Wednesday, December 21 at Towson.