Dec. 29, 2003
EASTON, PA - Despite a late second-half run by Loyola and 18 points in the second half from Lauren Troupe, Liberty held onto a win Monday night, 70-62, in the first round of Lafayette's Holiday Classic. The Greyhounds fall to 3-6 on the season while the Lady Flames improve to 5-5.
Loyola was down by as much as 16 in the second half before the Greyhounds went on a 12-2 run sparked by sophomore forward Troupe to bring the game within reach with a 66-58 score.
Point guard Krystle Harrington sparked the run making one-for-two from the charity stripe at 5:17, then went on to grab a defensive board and get the ball down court to Brittany Dunn for the layup at 4:55. Dunn was fouled and converted the three-point play for a 64-52 score.
On the next play, Katie Scherle knocked down a Liberty pass for the steal and got the ball down court to Troupe who made her first of two consecutive three point shots at 4:33.
Dunn made the defensive play the next time down the floor but Harrington's layup attempt was blocked by Liberty's Katie Feenstra who ended the Lady Flames almost two minute scoring drought with a layup at 3:45 for a 66-55 score.
Troupe hit her second three just seconds later to pull the Greyhounds within eight, 66-58. Dunn made another fantastic defensive play to allow for a jumper by Jill Glessner at 3:17 for a 66-60 score.
The Greyhounds could not pull out a lead however, missing seven of their next eight shots to close out the game. Liberty hit two baskets and two free-throws to close out the game with a 70-62 score.
Loyola tied the game two times in the first half and took the lead once after tying the score at 22 on a three-pointer from Jill Henn. Lindsay Cobb gave the Greyhounds the lead with a jump shot at 4:07 before Liberty went on a 9-2 run to close the first half with a 31-26 lead.
Troupe led Loyola with 18 points, all in the second half. Troupe scored the first 10 points of the second half after sitting out much of the first due to early foul trouble. She was followed by Harrington with 11. Guards Cobb and Glessner led on the boards with five each while Dunn led in the assist column with four.
Liberty's 6-8 center, Feenstra, led the game in scoring with 21 points and 15 boards for the double-double. She was followed by Daina Staugaitiene with 17 points.
The Greyhounds will face either Cornell or host, Lafayette in the consolation round Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.