Women's Basketball Travels to Buffalo to Take on Niagara and Canisius

Feb. 19, 2004

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This Weekend's Game
This weekend, Loyola will travel to Buffalo to face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes, Niagara and Canisius. Niagara is 10-5, 6-8 so far on the season, good enough for second place. Canisius sits at fourth in the league with a 14-10 overall record and 6-2 in the MAAC.

The Series vs. Niagara
The Greyhounds hold a 22-9 advantage over the Purple Eagles. Loyola defeated Niagara at home, 60-49, earlier this season and at home in 2002-03. But the last time the Greyhounds travelled to the Gallagher Center, Niagara came out on top, 78-68.

The Series vs. Canisius
Loyola holds a 17-16 advantage over the Golden Griffins. In their last contest, the Greyhounds defeated Canisius at home, 88-76. Similar to Niagara, Loyola defeated the Golden Griffins at home in the 2002-03 season but fell to them at the Koessler Center, 81-68.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
BALTIMORE, MD - Despite holding a lead for more than 37 minutes and posting four players in double figures, the Loyola College women's basketball team fell to Marist Tuesday night, 61-58. The Greyhounds fall to 11-12 and 7-7 in the conference with the loss while the top-ranked Red Foxes' improve to 15-9 overall and 11-4 in the MAAC.

Loyola came out strong Tuesday, holding Marist scoreless for the first 3:17 of the game and holding a 17-4 advantage, their largest lead, at 12:56 in the first half. The Greyhounds held onto a large lead until Marist went on a 17-4 run over the last eight minutes of play for a much smaller Loyola lead at 29-26.

Throughout the second half, the two teams battled back and forth, with Marist tying the game for the first time at 34-34 with 14:39 remaining on the clock. Loyola took back the lead on the next shot with a lay-up by Jackie Valderas from Meghan Wood at 14:05.

The Greyhounds held onto a lead for until 9:43 remaining. The two teams sat at 40-38 for nearly three-minutes until Vicki Wancel's free throws gave Marist another tie score at 40 all.

Loyola again fought back, building up as much as a five-point lead behind Valderas' offensive and defensive efforts but the squads would tie twice more before Marist got their first lead with a 57-56 score with 2:59 remaining in the game. Alisa Kresge went to the line after being fouled on a three-pointer, making two of the three to build the Marist lead up to three. Katie Scherle went to the line on the following play, making both shots for a one-point game, 59-58 Marist but Marist senior Vicki Wancel made a layup with just 18 seconds remaining to seal the victory ay 61-58 for the Red Foxes'.

Valderas tied a career-high 14 points off the bench for the Greyhounds, adding three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and four steals. Lindsay Cobb, Krystle Harrington and Jill Glessner each added 10 points. Ten points was a career-high for Glessner as well. Both Glessner and Harrington pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

For Marist, Maureen Magairty led the game with 17 points and eight rebounds and was followed by Kristen Keller with 16 points and a game-high nine boards. Also in double-figures for the Red Foxes' was Stephanie DelPreore with 10.

Both teams shot 23-for-56 from the field while Marist hit two more three-points and one more foul shot than Loyola for the victory. The Greyhounds out-rebounded the Red Foxes' 38 to 35.

Career Highlights
Jackie Valderas and Jill Glessner each hit career-highs in scoring with 14 for Valderas and 10 for Glessner at home against Marist.Jill Henn and Katie Scherle both hit career-highs against Canisius. Henn hit her high with 16, surpassing her former career mark by 10 points. Scherle posted 25 points for her new total.Krystle Harrington hit a new career total in assists with nine against Siena. The Greyhounds posted 21 assists on 28 baskets against the Saints, who only accumulated nine total.Harrington set a new point total by leading the Greyhounds at Maryland with 13 points.Sophomore Kerri-Lynn Orsini blew up against Iona, scoring a career-high 16 points and pulling down another career-high seven boards. Orsini added an assist and a block to her stats against the Gaels as well.Lauren Troupe hit her stride against Bucknell, scoring 22 points and adding seven rebounds for new career marks. She then broke her rebounding total against Manhattan with nine.

First Double-Double
Sophomore Lauren Troupe completed her career double-double at Manhattan with 13 points, all in the first half and 10 rebounds.

Scouting Report: The Purple Eagles
Niagara is led by Colleen Toetz with 16.9 points per game. She is followed in double-digit scoring by Eva Cunningham at 15.3 and Ann Mimm at 12.7.

Jessica Kemp and Sarah Heben are the squads leading rebounders, averaging 6.7 and 6.5 boards per game respectively.

Cunnigham leads the Purple Eagles in assists with an average of 4.5 a game. Both Cunnigham and Toetz average 2.2 steals per game for the top spot in that category.

Scouting Report: The Golden Griffs
Canisius is 14-10 overall and 6-2 on the conference for fourth place in the MAAC as of Feb. 18, 2004. The Golden Griffins post four players in double digit scoring with Pre-Season Player of the Year Jenel Stevens leading the way at 16.8 points per game. She is followed by Lonnie Brown at 13.1, Cheri Wittlieb at 11.0 and Becky Zak with 10.4.

Steven's averages a double-double with a game-high of 10 rebounds per game. Brown follows her in that category as well with 6.4 boards a game.

Zak leads in assists with 5.4 per game and Stevens is on the top in steals with 2.1 per game.

For The Greyhounds
On the season, Scherle continues to lead at 11.3 points and six boards per game. She is followed by Troupe in both categories with 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Tied for third are guards Harrington and Cobb with 7.8 points per game each. The duo lead the team in assists with 3.7 and 3.6 respectively. Harrington also leads in steals with 2.4 a game.

Scherle is currently shooting a team-best .491 from the floor while Troupe is tops for the charity stripe at .818.