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Wood's Career-High 22 Leads Greyhounds to Fifth-Straight Victory

Dec. 22, 2007

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BALTIMORE - Meghan Wood made 11-of-14 field goal attempts and scored a career-high 22 points, leading Loyola to a 66-49 non-conference win over Columbia on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.

Wood helped the Greyhounds (7-3) to a 32-18 points-in-the-paint advantage and a 41-38 edge in rebounding. She led all players with 12 rebounds, five coming on the offensive glass.

"Meghan Wood had a tremendous effort tonight against some very good post players," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "`Woody' was very patient and found places where she was able to score. She was also able to score a lot against the double-team."

Wood's 22 points were the most by any Loyola player in a single game this season and the most for a Greyhounds' player since Jill Glessner scored 23 last season at Saint Peter's on February 25.

The win was Loyola's fifth straight and sixth at home this year without a loss.

Columbia (2-9) led in the first four minutes of the game, but the Greyhounds went on a 15-2 run over a nine-minute stretch in the first half to take the lead for good.

"This was a good way to go into Christmas Break," Logan said. "We were off for 13 days, had final exams, and sometimes focus in the first game back is not the best. You often show a little jitters or have some rust, but other than about a six or seven minute lapse, I thought that we played a very good game."

Loyola took 12-point leads at the 5:07 and 4:35 marks in the first half, both on Erica DiClemente jumpers, but the Lions cut the deficit to five, 28-23, with just 59 seconds left before the break on a fast-break score by Danielle Browne.

A Brittney Cafora 3-pointer seven seconds into the second half pulled Columbia to within two, 28-26, but Wood hit a turnaround jumper off an assist from Kaitlin Grant over a minute later to put Loyola back up by four.

Lauren Dwyer made a layup with 15:53 remaining to pull Columbia within five, 35-30, but Loyola would score the next six points, four by Tynisha Davis, to stretch its lead back to double-figures.

Columbia trimmed the Greyhounds' lead back to seven, 51-44, with just over eight minutes left, but a 13-3 run by Loyola, capped by a Candice Walker 3-pointer with 3:12 left in the game, gave the Greyhounds a 17-point advantage, 64-47.

The Lions managed just two free throws after that and made just one field goal in the final eight minutes. Loyola held Columbia to just 29-percent from the field.

Loyola shot 44.8-percent from the floor and set a season-high with 15 assists. The Greyhounds only committed 11 turnovers in the game, as well.

"We are getting more experience with each game, and I think that we have started to carry that over to the next time we play," Logan said. "We have seen different people step-up in each game. Today, Siobhan Prior got the opportunity to start for the first time, and she took advantage of that. Erica DiClemente came off the bench and did what we have really been look for from her."

DiClemente scored 13 points, a season-high, on 5-of-8 from the field. Davis added 12, and Walker and Vika Sholokhova each scored five.

Walker led all players with five assists, and she pulled down five rebounds. Sholokhova had five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

Dwyer led the Lions with a double-double of her own, scoring 14 points to go with 10 rebounds. Carfora scored 15 points for Columbia.

The Greyhounds play their next two on the road, December 28 at Towson (7 p.m.) and December 31 at Bucknell (2 p.m.) before returning to Reitz Arena on Saturday, January 5, 2008, for a 2 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game against Manhattan.