Feb. 2, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhounds look for their fifth straight win as the visit the Purple Eagles of Niagara University. Loyola earned wins in their past four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games to take second place in the league standings while the Purple Eagles have lost five of their last six games. Loyola senior Katie Scherle is looking for her 1,000th career point. She has 994 points to date.
The Greyhounds hold a substantial advantage in the series with the Purple Eagles, 23-11 despite not having won at Gallagher Gym since the 2000-01 season. The teams have split the last four series with each squad winning on its home court.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Katie Scherle recorded a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead Loyola to a 71-55 win over Niagara in Jan. 22, 2005. In addition to Scherle's 19 points, Jackie Valderas scored 14 points and Brittany Dunn added 11 and seven assists. Loyola shot 52.5% from the field in the victory and outrebounded the Purple Eagles 44-23. Niagara's Eva Cunningham scored a game-high 21 points while Shaunna Ambrose added 13 and Chantelle Wilson scored 10 points.
FIVE IN A ROW
Loyola is currently on a four game win streak, looking for their fifth consecutive win. The Greyhounds have not won five straight games since late in the 2000-01 season when they won six straight.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE EAGLES
Shaunna Ambrose leads the Niagara squad in scoring despite having sat out the last three weeks due to injury. Ambrose averaged 13.6 points in the first 11 games of the season. Toni Smalley follows with 8.2 points while Michele Manfredi scores 7.4 points per game. Manfredi leads the team in rebounds and assits with averages of 5.4 and 2.4 per game respectively.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Senior Lauren Troupe continues to lead her team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. She's followed by classmate Jackie Valderas with an even 10 points per game. Valderas leads Loyola in rebounding at 6.9 per game while Troupe follows with 5.4 per game. Juniors Brittany Dunn and Jill Glessner each score an average of 9.6 points per game. Senior point-guard Krystle Harrington rounds out the top five with 9.2 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.6 per game.