Feb. 15, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhounds travel to Manhattan for one of their final road trips of the season Thursday. Loyola topped the Jaspers earlier this season, 72-68, at home and are looking to complete a series sweep on Thursday night at Draddy Gym.
The Jaspers hold a 20-13 advantage in the series with the Greyhounds. Manhattan has the conference season series seven times over the last 13 years while the Greyhounds have won that series four times. The teams have split the series the remaining four times.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
The Loyola College women's basketball team, despite seeing its 39-22 halftime lead dwindle in the second half, held on to defeat Manhattan, 72-68. Manhattan tied the game at 61 with just over four minutes to play but the Greyhounds maintained their composure and regained the lead with free-throws by Jackie Valderas at the four minute mark. Loyola's Brittany Dunn and Krystle Harrington each added baskets for a 65-61 lead with 1:34 on the clock. The team's exchanged baskets for a 69-63 mark before Manhattan committed three fouls in the final 30 seconds to force Loyola to the free-throw line. The Greyhounds hit three free-throws to close the game while Manhattan added five points to their total over that stretch for the 72-68 final.
Loyola was led by Valderas' double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Harrington added 15 points and nine assists. Katie Scherle also scored 15 points and pulled down six boards.
Joann Nwafili led the Jaspers with 17 points. Caitlin Flood added 13 points. Aubrie Dellinger and Kelly Regan scored 10 and 11 points respectively, coming off the bench.
Loyola shot 59.3% from the field to Manhattan's 20.8% in the first half.
SCOUTING THE JASPERS
Manhattan is led by Caitlin Flood's 9.5 points per game. She is followed by Joann Nwafili at 9.3 points per game and a team-high 6.2 rebounds a game. Nwafili also leads in assists at 3.5 Kelly Regan and Gabrielle Cottrell and third and fourth in scoring with 8.5 and 8.3 points per game respectively.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Lauren Troupe continues to lead Loyola in scoring with an average of 11 points per game. She's followed in double-figures by Jill Glessner's 10.1 points per game. Krystle Harrington adds 9.6 points and a team-high 4.3 assists per game. Brittany Dunn and Jackie Valderas round out the balanced attack at 9.5 points per game. Valderas leads the team in rebounds at 6.4 per game and in blocks at 1.4. Dunn leads the team in steals with an average of two per game.