Jan. 21, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola hosts Niagara Saturday to close a three-game home stance. The Greyhounds are currently 6-10 and 5-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play after two home wins this week. The Purple Eagles are 11-5 overall and hold a 6-1 record in the MAAC which puts them in second place. The two teams met earlier this season in Niagara Falls, N.Y. with a 72-64 Niagara win. Fans can catch all the action here.
Loyola holds a 22-11 advantage in the series with Niagara that began with a Purple Eagles victory in 1990, 71-56. Since both teams joined the MAAC, Loyola holds a 22-10 advantage. Niagara swept the first two-game series in the 1990-91 season but have not beaten Loyola more than once in a season since. The Greyhounds hold a 19-7 regular season record since the 1991-92 season and a 22-7 overall record with three victories over the Niagara in the MAAC tournament. Loyola has swept six regular season series with Niagara since the 1990-91 season. Also, Niagara has not won a game at Reitz Arena since 1992.
Loyola is currently led by junior Katie Scherle with 10.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Classmate Krystle Harrington follows with 10.1 points 4.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game. Lauren Troupe is third with 8.7 points and a team second best five rebounds a game.
Niagara is 11-5 overall this season with a 6-1 record in the MAAC. Purple Eagles only conference loss came at the hands of Canisius Tuesday night 71-62. Loyola defeated Canisius earlier in the season 63-58. Shaunna Ambrose leads the purple Eagles with 17.6 points per game while Pre-Season Player of the Year Eva Cunningham averaged 17.1 and 6.1 assists a game. Toni Smalley rounds out the top three scorers with 9.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Jennifer Roueche leads Niagara in boards with 6.3.