Jan. 28, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola looks to extend its three-game win streak and its four-game home court win streak with a victory over Iona Sunday. With a win, the `Hounds could move into second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Greyhounds have won the last four meetings between these two teams including a 65-63 victory at the Mulcahy Center in December. Prior to that, the `Hounds swept the series with Iona in the 2004-05 season. The squads split the series in 2003-04 with Loyola winning in New Rochelle and the Gaels coming up victorious in Baltimore.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The Greyhounds came back from a 37-27 half-time score to top the Gaels 65-63 in the MAAC opener for both teams. Sophomore Tynisha Davis led Loyola with a career-high 14 points while Krystle Harrington added 13. Lauren Troupe and Jill Glessner each scored 11 points while Jackie Valderas pulled down 10 rebounds. Harrington dished out nine assists. For Iona, Martina Weber and Tiara Header each scored 16 points while Headen also pulled down 12 boards. Regan Pettijohn added 10 points in the Gaels loss.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Martina Weber leads the 9-9 Gaels with an average of 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. Also averaging double-figures is teammate Tiara Headen with 11.4 points per game. Headen also follows Weber in boards with 5.1 per game. Toni Horvath and Jessica Anger chip in 74 points per game each. Horvath leads the team in assists with 4.6.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Senior Lauren Troupe retains the Loyola lead in scoring with 10.9 points per game. She's followed by junior Brittany Dunn at 9.9, junior Jill Glessner and senior Jackie Valderas at 9.6 and senior Krystle Harrington with 9.2. Valderas is the teams rebounding and blocking leader with averages of 6.9 and 1.6 respectively. Troupe is second in rebounding with 5.6 per game. Harrington leads the team in assists with 4.6 per game while Dunn is the steals leader at an average of two a game
FORMER TEAMMATES COMPETE
Former high school teammates, Loyola's Jackie Valderas and Iona's Jessica Anger will face each other today for the second time since graduating from Seton Keough in 2001. They are also currently in 1st and 2nd place in the conference in field-goal percentage respectively. Valderas and her former Seton Keough teammate shoot 55.6% and 54.4% from the floor respectively.
With 11 wins to date this season, the Greyhounds have already eclipsed their win total from the 2004-05 season when they finish 10-18.
Senior Katie Scherle is just 14 points away from 1,000 for her career. This season she is averaging 6.1 points per game.
While Katie Scherle already ranks 11th all-time for Loyola in rebounds, classmate Jackie Valderas is currently on track to crack the Top 15 as well. Valderas currently has 476 rebounds, 66 shy of 15th place in Loyola history.