Women's Basketball Falls to Wake Forest, 76-50

Dec. 21, 2004

Box Score

The Greyhounds got within two points of Wake Forest early in the second half but a 13-0 run gave the Demon Deacons the edge in a 76-50 final on Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum. Loyola falls to 2-7 with the loss while Wake improves to 9-1.

In the first half, Wake Forest jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Jackie Valderas gave Loyola its first basket at 15:47 for a 7-2 score. Wake's Liz Strunk then went on an 8-0 run with two three-point baskets and a layup for a 15-2 Demon Deacons lead. Ebony Toliver ended that run with a basket at 13:40.

With the score set at 19-6, Lauren Troupe tried to give the Greyhounds some momentum with a three-point basket at 10:22 but Cotelia Bond-Young and Jennifer Johnson of Wake Forest stopped that momentum with three-pointers of their own for a 25-9 score with 9:36 remaining. On their next trip down the floor, Katie Scherle gave the Greyhounds a three-point play at 9:27 for a 25-12 score.

Both teams went without a basket for the next several minutes before Bond-Young tallied her second three of the game at 6:38 to put Wake up 28-13. The Greyhounds did well to delete that deficit over the next several minutes by going on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 28-21 with 2:52 left in the half.

Johnson ended the Demon Deacons almost four minute scoring drought at 2:31 and was followed by a three-point basket by Erin Farell for a 33-21 score with just under two minutes remaining. But Loyola's defense did not allow another Wake basket for the remainder of the half as they went on a 6-0 run as the clock ran down for a much slimmer 33-27 Wake Forest lead.

In the start of the second half, the Greyhounds went on a 5-0 run to get within two of the Demon Deacons, 34-32 but after exchanging baskets, Bond-Young hit her third of four three-point baskets to begin a 13-0 run. Wake led 49-34 at the close of that run at 11:54 and Loyola never got any closer.

Loyola was led by Jackie Valderas with 10 points. She was followed by Ebony Toliver and Lauren Troupe with eight points each. Troupe led the game in rebounds with 12.

Bond-Young led four Demon Deacon players in double-figures with 22 points. She was followed by Strunk with 19, Johnson with 15 and Farell with 13.

The Greyhounds outrebounded Wake Forest 44-37 while the Demon Deacons held the advantage in shooting (39.7%-30.9%).

Loyola is back in action at Reitz Arena after the holiday, hosting Long Island University on December 30 and Liberty on January 4.