Women's Basketball Looks for Fifth Straight Win Thursday Night

Jan. 24, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team goes for its fifth straight win Thursday night when it hosts the Iona College Gaels. The Greyhounds are currently 11-7 overall on the season and 6-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which puts them in third place. The Gaels, who post an overall record of 12-7, are in second place in the conference with seven wins and one loss.

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Loyola continues to be led in scoring by Jill Glessner's 15.2 points per game. She also averages a team-high 3.1 assists per game and is third in rebounds at 5.4. She is followed in scoring by Meghan Wood at 10.1 points per game. Wood ranks second in rebounds with 6.7 a game. Tied at third in scoring is Brittany Dunn and Vika Sholokhova. The two average 10 points per game. Sholokhova leads the `Hounds on the boards with an average of 6.7 a game while Dunn leads in steals with two a game and is second in assists with 2.7 a game. The remaining Greyhounds average between six and 1.2 points per game.

Iona is led in scoring by Pre-Season MAAC Player of the Year Martina Weber. Weber averages a team-best 16.4 points and 6.9 rebounds a game. She is followed in both categories by Tiara Headen who scores 9.7 points a game and pulls down 6.3 boards an outing. Lauren DeFalco follows in scoring with 8.6 points a game and leads the team in steals with 1.6 a game. Toni Horvath is fourth in scoring at 6.5 points while leading the team in assists with an average of 4.6 a game. Four more Gales average between 6.2 points and 5.2 points an outing while the remaining seven members of the deep Iona squad average between 3.2 and 0.3 points per game.

Series Record: 29-9
Current Streak: Loyola +5
The Greyhounds hold a staggering 29-9 advantage in the series with Iona dating back to the 1988-89 season. The Gaels won that initial meeting 65-63 and the next two outings before the Greyhounds earned a victory over Iona, 69-51 late in the 1990-91 season. Since then Loyola was won 28 of the teams 34 outings, including the last five games.

Iona and Loyola did not face any of the same teams in non-conference play this season but to date have faced four of the same MAAC opponents.

Opponent - Loyola - Iona
Manhattan - W, 61-45 - W, 66-52
Manhattan - W, 66-56 - W, 72-62
Siena - W, 60-53 - WOT, 81-77
Siena - W, 71-54
Fairfield - L, 57-54 - W, 66-52
Marist - L, 60-50 - L, 70-49