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Women's Basketball Picks Back Up With Conference Schedule, Visits Rider

Jan. 5, 2004

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About Tonight's Game
Tonight Rider (2-9) will play host the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Loyola College (5-6) for the first conference match-up for the two teams in almost a month.

The Series
Loyola holds a 13-5 advantage over the Broncs of Rider University. The Greyhounds swept the 2002-03 series with the Broncs by scores of 79-70 and 62-60 in back-to-back meetings. The last Rider victory came in the start of the 2001-02 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule by a score of 71-69.

Rookie Selection
Freshman Jill Glessner was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Rookie of the Week on Jan. 5, 2004 for her performance in the past week. Glessner averaged 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals off the bench against Liberty, Lafayette and UMBC. She hit career highs in all categories and finished the week with a total of 20 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists and seven steals.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
BALTIMORE, MD - Loyola went on a 19-0 run early on in the first half en route to a 72-50 win Saturday night at the RAC Arena in women's basketball action. The Greyhounds improved to 5-6 in their final non-conference game of the season while the Retrievers fell to 0-9.

With UMBC up 3-1 at 19:22, Loyola went on a 19-0 run sparked by a jump shot by sophomore Katie Scherle. Krystle Harrington scored three of the next four baskets to continue the run while Lauren Troupe also added six points in the spread before UMBC's Courtney Doughman hit one of her four three-point baskets to break the Retrievers scoring drought.

The Greyhounds held their largest lead of the night at 7:45 left in the second half after senior Lindsay Cobb drilled a three-pointer for a 60-36 score.

Loyola shot an outstanding 52.6 percent from the field as well as outrebounding the Retrievers 32-26.

Loyola posted three players in double figures, led by Troupe with 15. She was followed by Scherle with 12 and Harrington with 11, from a 5-for-5 effort from the floor and 1-for-1 from the line. Freshmen Meghan Wood and Jill Glessner each added seven points in the effort. Troupe also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while Cobb dished out five assists and Glessner recorded four steals.

UMBC was led by Sharri Rohde with 17 points for a game-high while Maria Santos and Doughman each scored 12 for the Retrievers.

Last Time vs. The Broncs
GAME 22
LOYOLA 62, RIDER 60
ALUMNI GYM--LAWRENCVILLE, NJ
FEB. 8, 2003

Loyola defeated Rider, 62-60, for the second time in one week to sweep the 2002-03 conference series between the schools. The Broncs had just visited Reitz Arena Wed. night were Loyola won, 79-70. The Greyhounds improve to 10-12 overall and 6-7 in the MAAC. Rider falls to 6-14 and 1-10 in conference play.

Trailing 60-57 with 4:06 left to play, Loyola out-scored Rider 5-0 to end the game. Lindsay Cobb's field goal with 45 seconds left gave Loyola a 61-60 lead, and Jennifer Mitchell made a foul shot with 17 seconds left for the final score.

Mitchell missed the second shot and Leanne Moore grabbed the defensive board, giving the Broncs a chance to tie or take the lead. Becky Hower's shot was blocked by Shontrese Smith, Moore grabbed her own rebound to go up for a basket again but Katie Scherle grabbed the rebound as the clock ran down for the Loyola victory.

Smith led Loyola with 16 points and also added six assists, six steals and five rebounds. Smith was followed by freshmen Jackie Valderas and Scherle with 12 piece. Scherle also pulled down 12 boards for her first career double-double. Cobb added seven points, six boards and five assists.

For Rider, Katie Hall had 20 points, Becky Hower scored 17 and Leanne Moore added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Scouting Report: The Broncs
Rider has two players averaging double-figures with Leanne Mooore (14.6) and Becky Hower (14.0). Moore is on top of the rebounds for the Broncs, averaging 5.5 per game while Kara Borel at 5.3. Rider has four players dishing out 2.6 assists per game with Hower, Tami Coyle, Borel and Lauren Thomer all at a total of 29.

The Broncs currently post a 2-9 overall record, facing just one MAAC opponent so far, Iona. The Gaels defeated the Broncs 77-58, just two days after topping the Greyhounds, 69-66.

For The Greyhounds
Sophomore Lauren Troupe continues to lead the Greyhounds with 11.8 points per game. She is also tied with classmate Katie Scherle for rebounding at 5.5. Scherle is also second in scoring with 8.5 points per game. Guards Krystle Harrington and Lindsay Cobb round out the top spots at 8.3 and 7.1 points per game respectively. Cobb is first in assists with 3.3 per game and is followed by Harrington with 2.7. Sophomore Jackie Valderas is first in blocks with an average of 1.1 a game while Harrington leads the group in steals with 2.7 per game.