Women's Basketball Travels to Siena

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Jan. 9, 2004

About Today's Game
Today pits the Saints of Siena College against the Greyhounds of Loyola College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup. Loyola is coming off a 73-55 loss to Rider on Tuesday while Siena defeated Fairfield the same night, 68-63. The Saints will host the Broncs on Friday evening before seeing the Greyhounds on Sunday.

The Series
Siena holds a 20-12 advantage over the Greyhounds including sweeping the series in 2002-03. The last time Loyola defeated the Saint's was at the close of the 2001-02 season by a score of 63-51.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Loyola fell behind 29-27 in the first half and could not make up the difference, falling 73-55 to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Rider Tuesday evening. The Greyhounds fall to 5-7 on the season and 1-2 in MAAC play while the Broncs improved to 3-9 and 1-2 in the conference.

Loyola was up the entire first half before Rider took a 26-25 lead with 1:57 left in the first half. The two teams exchanged baskets and the lead before Rider ended the half with a 29-27 advantage.

Rider continued to lead throughout the second half with the Greyhounds close on their heels at 50-47 with 11:09 remaining before the Broncs went on a 6-0 run in a six minute scoring drought for Loyola from the basket at 11:09 to one at the five minute mark.

The Greyhounds were plagued with foul trouble throughout the second half and allowed as much as an 18 point lead for Rider at the close of the game.

Loyola shot just 33.3 percent to Rider's 46 and committed a total of 25 fouls and 27 turnovers to Rider's 17 and 23, respectively.

The Greyhounds were led by Katie Scherle with 16 points and seven rebounds as well as two steals and a block. She was followed by Jackie Valderas with 10 points while Lauren Troupe rounded out the top three with nine.

Becky Hower led the game with 20 points for the Broncs while Leanne Moore completed a double-double with 11 points and 15 boards. Also in double digits for Rider was Becky Hower with 10.

Last Time vs. The Saints
FEB. 23, 2003
Erica Anderson led four Siena players in double-figures in a 71-61 victory over Loyola Sunday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match-up at Reitz Arena. The number two Saints improve to 20-6 on the season and 13-3 in the conference. Loyola falls to 7-9 in MAAC play and 11-14 overall.

Siena took the leads almost immediately and held onto it, leading by as much as 11 at 2:29. Anderson made two of her eight free-throws to give the saints a 40-29 lead. But the Greyhounds took over for the rest of the half, cutting Siena's lead to seven for a 40-33 halftime score.

Loyola continued its run started in the end of the first half immediately in the second going on a 8-0 run to pull ahead three. Katie Netherton started the run with a layup at 19:49 and grabbed a defensive board on the ensuing Siena attempt to set up Lindsay Cobb at 19:12. Jennifer Mitchell scored the basket at 17:12 to bring Loyola within one and later dished the ball out to Shontrese Smith for Loyola's 41-40 lead ay 16:40. Netherton added another basket at 15:34 to get the 'Hounds ahead three.

Siena finally got on the board at 15:06 in the second half on a Liene Jansone basket at 15:06 and another by Jolene Anderson at 14:46.

The Greyhounds would not go quietly, with Smith adding two more baskets as well as one from Katie Scherle to lead take a five point lead at 11:21. The two teams would battle back and forth for the next three minutes before Anderson hit one of her four three-pointers at 8:08 to give Siena a 56-53 that they never let go.

Anderson led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 8-for-8 from the line and hitting four three-point shots. Jolene Johnston added 16. Siena's leading scorers Liene Jansone and Gunta Basko where held to 11 and six points respectively. Nathalie Marchino added 11 for Siena.

For the Greyhounds, Netherton lead with 16 points as well as five rebounds. Smith added 11 points followed by Mitchell and Scherle with 10 apiece. Mitchell also pulled down five boards.

Loyola outrebounded Siena, 31-28 but shot poorly from the charity strip, hitting just six of 14 in the first half but finished at 8-for-16.

Scouting Report: The Saints
Siena is 6-6 overall this season with a 2-1 record in the conference after Tuesday's victory over Fairfield.

The Saints are led by senior Liene Jansone with 17.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She is followed in both categories by Jolene Johnston with 11.8 points and 6.2 boards a game. Nathalie Marchino rounds out the top three in scoring with 7.8 points per game and also averages a team best 4.3 assists per game.

For The Greyhounds
Sophomore Lauren Troupe continues to lead the Greyhounds with 11.6 points per game. Katie Scherle holds the No. 2 spot at 9.1 points and is on top of rebounding at 5.6. Troupe is second in that category with 5.3. Guards Krystle Harrington and Lindsay Cobb round out the top spots at 8.3 and 7.0 points per game respectively. Cobb is first in assists with 3.5 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 2.8 per game.

Power in the Post
In Loyola's past three games against Lafayette, UMBC and Rider, post players Katie Scherle, Lauren Troupe, Jackie Valderas, Meghan Wood and Robbyn Poole have averaged a total of 42.7 points and 20 rebounds per game while as a team, the Greyhounds avergae 60.3 points and 39.3 boards.

Against Rider the group totaled 39 of 55 points and half the boards at 22. At UMBC, the forwards scored 44 of 72 points and pulled down 17 of 32 rebounds. At Lafayette, they scored 45 points out of 78 and pulled down half the rebounds at 21.

Troupe and Scherle lead the group overall as well as in these games with Scherle averaging 14.0 points and 4.6 boards against the most recent opponents and Troupe hitting 11.7 points and 5.3 boards. The freshman Wood ties Scherle's high in rebounding with an average of 4.6 in the most recent outings as well.

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.