Dec. 21, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team played the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins in front of a sellout crowd in Reitz Arena Thursday night, falling 110-55. The Terps improve to 13-0 on the season while the `Hounds fall to 4-6. Loyola sold 2,862 tickets to sell out the gym.
Maryland's Marissa Coleman scored the first basket of the night at 19:32 before Loyola's Jill Glessner answered at 19:14 for the 2-2 tie. The Terps went on an 11-0 run from there to take a 13-2 lead. Coleman scored five points in the run while Shay Doron added two fast-break baskets and Crystal Langhorne added one basket.
Meghan Wood lowered Maryland's lead to 15-6 at 14:55 before a bucket by Langhorne returned the Terps lead to double-digits, 17-6. Freshman Kaitlin Grant added a basket for Loyola (17-8) but Langhorne answered again for the 19-8 score at 14:06.
The Greyhounds continued to fight and brought the Terps lead down to nine at 11:16 with a basket by Glessner for the 24-15 score but Maryland went on a 10-point run to claim a 34-15 lead with 7:49 left in the half. The `Hounds continued to fight, getting as close at 15, 34-19 at 6:23 but Maryland would close the half with a 54-32 lead.
After a steal an a basket by Glessner to open the second half, Maryland went on a 23-0 run to establish a 43-point lead, 78-35 with 14:42 to play. The Terps continued to work the ball offensively and defensively, never letting their lead dip below 40 and getting up by as much as 57, 110-53 with just over two minutes remaining. Maryland finished with a 55-point lead, 110-55.
The Greyhounds shot 40% from the field for the game but were outshot by Maryland's 61.2% effort. The Terrapins were a force inside, out-rebounding Loyola 41-25.
Loyola was led by Glessner's 13 points. She was followed in double-figures by Wood with 11. Brittany Dunn added seven points while Grant, Tynisha Davis and Siobhan Prior added six points each. Ashley Alexander added four points and Ebony Toliver scored a basket to account for all Loyola's points.
Coleman led the Terps with 21 points while adding six boards. Langhorne followed with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jade Perry added 15 points off the bench for Maryland while starter Doron added 13. Laura Harper scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds for a double-double while Kristi Toliver added 11 points as well. Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood added seven points and eight rebounds in her first outing as a Terp.
Loyola returns to action on Thursday, December 28 when it travels to Villanova.