Jan. 6, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team remains at home as it hosts Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Manhattan. Both teams are coming off conference victories with the `Hounds topping Saint Peter's 69-54 on Thursday and the Jaspers defeating Rider 59-34 on the same night.
Despite Manhattan holding a 20-12 advantage in the series with the Greyhounds, Loyola has won three of the last four meetings between the two teams.
19 of the 32 total meetings have been decided by 10 points or less with Jaspers winning 13 of that 19. Eight contests between the squads have been decided by five points or less with Manhattan winning six of those contests.
Manhattan is currently 5-7 on the season and 2-1 in MAAC play and rank sixth in the conference. Most recently, the Jaspers defeated Rider at home by a score of 59-34. Kymesha Alston led the team in scoring with 12 points and was followed by Joann Nwafili's 10 points.
The Jaspers do not post any players averaging double-figures in scoring. Caitlin Flood is the closes with 9.7 points per game. Nwafili is second at 9.2 while Gabrielle Cottrell and Alston rounding out the top four with 8.8 and 8.3 points per game. Nwafili ranks tops in rebounds (six per game), assists with 41 and steals with 23.
Loyola currently ranks fourth in the conference with a 7-4 overall mark and a 2-1 conference record. Most recently, the Greyhounds defeated Saint Peter's, 69-54 at home. Brittany Dunn led four Greyhounds in double-figures with a career-high 17 points.
Dunn continues to lead the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. Joining her in double-figures is Lauren Troupe with an average of 10.3 points per game. Jill Glessner, Jackie Valderas and Krystle Harrington each average nearly 10 points per game at 9.6, 9.5 and 9.4 points per game respectively. Valderas leads the team in rebounds at an average of 7.5 per game and in blocks with a total of 17. Harrington is the team and the leagues assist leader with 57 while Dunn leads in steals with 21.
The only common opponent the Greyhounds and Jaspers have faced to date is the University of Hartford. Loyola fell to the Hawks 59-52 on November 20, 2005 while Manhattan fell to a larger deficit of 79-53 on December, 4, 2005.