Jan. 4, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College Greyhounds and the Saint Peter's Peahens return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Thursday evening. Both teams played two early conference games before returning to their non-conference schedule. Loyola is currently 6-4 overall and posts a 1-1 MAAC record while SPC is 4-7 on the season with a 0-2 MAAC mark.
The Peahens have a 32-9 advantage in the series with the Greyhounds. The squads have split the series for the last two seasons while the two seasons prior, Saint Peter's swept both games.
Saint Peter's currently posts three players in double-figures with Tiffany Jones leading the way at 12.5 points per game. Kristen Hood follows with 11.7 points per game while Khalisha Lewis rounds out the top three with an even 11 points per game. Lewis leads on the boards with 7.2 rebounds a game, She us followed by Hood (six a game) and Jones (5.3 a game). Johnell Burts leads in assists with 38 total. Hood is the steals leader at 12 and Elyse Sicillano is the leader in blocks with a total of 11.
Brittany Dunn continues to lead Loyola in scoring with 10.2 points per game but she is closely followed by Lauren Troupe at 10.1 points per game. Three more players average nine points or better. Jill Glessner posts 9.9 points a game, Jackie Valderas 9.3 a game and Krystle Harrington an even nine points per game. Valderas is the leading rebounder with an average of 7.5 per game. Troupe follows at 5.7 while Glessner pulls down an average of 4.7 a game. Harrington leads the team in assists with a total of 53 while Valderas leads on the block with 16 total. Glessner and Dunn lead in steals with 18 and 17 respectively.
To date, the only common opponent Loyola and Saint Peter's have faced is Howard. The Greyhounds defeated the Lady Bison 83-65 on Dec. 6 while the peahens faced them just before the holidays and topped the Lady Bison 75-67.
In their early MAAC contests, Loyola faced Iona and Fairfield while the Peahens competed against Marist and Canisius. But SPC will face both Iona and Fairfield before hosting Loyola at home on Jan. 14.