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Women's Basketball Faces Local Opponent, UMBC

Jan. 2, 2004

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About Tonight's Game
Tonight's game pits the host, the 0-8 Retrievers of UMBC against local rival Loyola College (4-6). The Greyhounds are fresh off a victory over Lafayette on Tuesday, 78-51 while the Retrievers are still looking for their first victory of the 2003-04 season.

The Series
The Greyhounds hold a 19-9 advantage in the dog fight against UMBC. Loyola has won the last eight straight meetings with the Retrievers, including a 55-41 victory at Reitz Arena last season. The last UMBC win over the Greyhounds came in the 1989-90 season by a score of 62-48.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
EASTON, PA - Loyola women's basketball scored a season high in points en route to a 78-51 victory over Lafayette College in the consolation round of the Leopards Holiday Tournament Tuesday evening. The Greyhounds improved to 4-6 with the victory while Lafayette remains winless at 0-8.

Loyola led by as much as 23 at the close of the first half with Ebony Toliver's second buzzer beater of the season for a 50-27 score. The Leopards committed 19 turnovers in the first half with Loyola posting 10 steals. Loyola scored 18 points off Lafayette's turnovers and 10 points off fast breaks.

The second half as much of the same with the Greyhounds attacking the Leopards at all angles. Loyola out-rebounded Lafayette 42-25, shot 46% from the field to the Leopards 37%, hit 22-for-28 from the charity stripe and accumulating 17 assists and steals overall.All 12 players dressed for the Greyhounds scored at least three points and 11 of the 12 played over 10 minutes in the outing.

Sophomore forward Katie Scherle led Loyola in scoring with 14 points and was followed by classmate and fellow forward Lauren Troupe with 11. Jackie Valderas and Meaghan Wood rounded out the top scorers for the Greyhounds with eight a piece, a career-high for the freshman Wood. Freshman Jill Glessner led on the boards with seven and also added six points, a game-high six assists and two steals. Point-guard Krystle Harrington nabbed a total of seven steals in addition to her four points and assists.

For Lafayette, Colleen Fitzpatrick led overall with 18 points and seven boards and was followed by Kristin Doherty with 12 points, including 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

Scouting Report: The Retrievers
UMBC is currently led by Anastaisia Goncharova at 10.6 points per game. She is followed by Mariana Santos and Maria Brown at 6.6 and 6.0 points per game respectively. On the boards, Sharri Rhodes leads with 6.4 per game. Brown and Santos are first and second in assists with 2.6 and 2.3 per game respetively.

Common Opponents
Both Loyola and UMBC have met Maryland and American so far this season. The Greyhounds topped the Eagles at home 66-51 while the Retrievers fell at RAC Arena 57-41. Both teams fell to ACC power house Maryland, the Greyhounds by a score of 76-61 and UMBC, 72-38, both games at ComCast Center.

For The Greyhounds
Sophomore Lauren Troupe continues to lead the Greyhounds with 11.5 points per game. She also averages a team second best 5.3 rebounds a game. Classmate Katie Scherle is behind her in points at 8.1 but leads the team in rebounds at 5.8. Guards Krystle Harrington and Lindsay Cobb round out the top spots at 8.1 and 8.0 points per game respecively. Cobb is first in assists with 3.1 per game and is followed by Harrington with 2.9. Sophomore Jackie Valderas is first in blocks with an average of 1.1 a game while Harrington leads the group in steals with 2.9 per game.

Power in the Post
In Loyola's msot recent game, against Lafayette, the Greyhounds four leading scorers where all post players. Forward Lauren Troupe led the team with 14 points followed by Katie Scherle at 11. Jackie Valderas and Meaghan Wood each scored eight to round out the top four.

No Place Like Home
While at this week's Lafayete Holiday Tournament, freshman Jill Glessner (Mechanicsburg, PA) scored a career-high six points against both Liberty and host, Lafayette. she also pulled down five boards against the Lady Flames and a career-high seven against the leopards as well as dishing out another career-mark, six assists against Lafayette while playing against former high school teammate, Kara Stetler.