Jan. 18, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team looks to snap its three game road loss streak at Rider Thursday. The Greyhounds are 8-7 overall this season and 3-3 in the conference while the Broncs are just 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Loyola holds a 10 game advantage in the series with Rider at 17-7. Last season the Greyhounds swept the regular season series with the Broncs but fell in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Rider's Becky Hower hit a three with one second left on the clock to top Loyola 60-58 in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the HSBC Arena. The Greyhounds, the sixth seed in the tournament, end the season with a 10-18 record while the Broncs, the ninth seed, improve to 9-19.
Loyola was led by Jackie Valderas with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Krystle Harrington followed with 13 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the floor. Meghan Wood added 10 off the bench in addition to six rebounds. Katie Scherle added eight points and 11 rebounds.
Hower was the lone Broncs in double figures with 15 points, including three three point baskets. Tami Coyle added nine off the bench and Hall recorded eight points.
The Greyhounds held a staggering 47-28 advantage on the boards while Rider shot 90.5% from the free-throw line to Loyola's 63.2%. The Broncs hit 12-of-14 in the second half while Loyola was just 5-for-10.
SCOUTING THE BRONCS
Rider is currently 2-13 on the season and 1-5 in conference play. The teams lone wins have come over Monmouth and Niagara.
The Broncs do not post a single player in double-figured with Shaunice Parker currently leading the team with 8.4 points per game despite only starting in one contest. Janele Henderson and Monica Welborn each average 8.1 points per game to follow Parker. Kara Borel leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 per game while Chris Catalanotto is the assists leader with 3.6.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Lauren Troupe is currently leading the Greyhounds in scoring with 10.8 points per game. Krystle Harrington follows with 10.5 points while leading the team in assists at 4.9 per game. Brittany Dunn also averages double-figures with 10.1 points per game. She is the team's steals leader with 1.7 per game. Rounding out the top five scorers are Jackie Valderas and Jill Glessner at 9.3 and an even nine points per game respectively. Valderas is the leader on the boards with 7.2 per game and blocks at 1.5 per game.
Six games into the conference season, Loyola and Rider have faced three common MAAC opponents; Fairfield, Iona and Manhattan
Loyola faced the Gaels in their first conference game of the season, topping Iona on the road 65-63. The broncs fell to Iona in their most recent contest, 78-58 on Jan. 15.
The Greyhounds second conference match-up as at home versus Fairfield were they fell to the Stags 76-71 on Dec. 11. Rider faced Fairfield on the road and fell 79-45.
Loyola topped Manhattan in Reitz Arena, 72-68 on Jan. 7 while the Jaspers defeated the Broncs just two days prior by a score of 59-34.