Dec. 31, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team earned its first win in Reitz Arena Sunday afternoon with a 75-63 victory over the University of Pennsylvania. The Greyhounds, who are now on a two-game win streak, are 6-6 on the season while the Quakers fall to 4-6.
The Greyhounds opened the contest strong with six straight points in the first minute and a half. Senior Jill Glessner scored the first bucket 12 seconds in while classmate Brittany Dunn added the second at 19:22. Junior Meghan Wood finished off the run with a basket at 18:29 after a steal by Dunn.
Loyola continued to lead although Penn cut the margin to three twice over the next three minutes. Another run, this time 12-2 gave the Greyhounds a 19-7 advantage with 12:42 to play. Wood, Glessner, Dunn and freshman Kaitlin Grant each scored a basket while Tynisha Davis added a three for the lead while Penn's only points in the stretch came from two free-throws by Joey Rhoads.
The Greyhounds again continued to hold the advantage but with the score set at 25-14 with 10:49 on the clock, the Quakers went on a seven-point run to lower that margin to 25-21 with 7:41 on the clock. Monica Nalter scored twice in the run while Katrina Lackner added a basket and Rhoads a free-throw. But Loyola would score the next 13 straight points, nine of them from three pointers to return its lead to double digits at 38-24. Glessner, Ashley Alexander and Siobhan Prior each scored three pointers while Prior and Grant each added a two-point basket to close the run at 4:21. Loyola held steady through the remainder of the first half to lead 44-36.
Loyola shot 61.5% from the field and 55.6% from three-point range in the first half to Penn's 44.4% from the floor and 37.5% from behind the arch.
After an exchange of baskets to open the second half and the score set at 48-39, Loyola went on an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 59-41 with just under ten minutes remaining. Vika Sholokhova scored four in the run while Alexander added a second three-pointer and Dunn and Glessner each added two points.
The Greyhounds retained a double-digit lead but with the score set at 65-47 with 7:17 to play, Penn went on a six-point run to lower the margin to nine, 65-56 with 4:53 to play. The Quakers never got any closer however and were forced to foul the `Hounds who went 6-for-6 from the line in the closing minutes.
Loyola finished the game shooting 47.2% from the floor and 42.9% from three-point range, much above their season average of 27%. Penn finished at 40.7% from the floor and 23.5% from behind the arc.
Glessner led with 19 points while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Sholokhova, in her home debut, scored 10 points while nabbing eight rebounds. Grant added eight points and eight rebounds while six other Greyhounds ranged from seven to two points.
Rhoads led the Quakers with 19 points while Naltner recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Loyola remains at home as they return to conference action, hosting Siena on January 6 at 2:30.