Feb. 22, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Thursday the women's basketball team hosts its final game of the season against Niagara. Seniors Krystle Harrington, Kerri-Lynn Orsini, Katie Scherle, Lauren Troupe and Jackie Valderas will play the final game of their career at Reitz Arena.
Loyola holds a 24-11 advantage in the series with Niagara dating back to the 1989-90 season. The Purple Eagles have not won at Loyola in the last 13 seasons, their last victory in Baltimore was during the 1991-92 season by a score of 86-82.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Loyola led for much of the contest and got up by as much as 11 with just under 10 minutes to play before Niagara attempted a come-back. The Purple Eagles cut the margin to 60-58 with just five seconds left but were forced to foul Jill Glessner who sank two free-throws for the 62-58 win. Lauren Troupe led Loyola with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Glessner added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Brittany Dunn also registered double-figures for Loyola with 12 points and a game-high three steals. Shaunna Ambrose, in her first game back from an injury, and Jessie Tomasin each scored 15 points for the Purple Eagles.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE EAGLES
Shaunna Ambrose leads her game in scoring, having played in only 17 games this season due to a mid-season injury. She has been back in action since the beginning of February and averages 13.3 points per game. Following her are Toni Smalley and Michelle Manfredi with 8.1 and 7.3 points per game. Manfredi leads the team in rebounds at 5.4 and assists at 2.2 a game.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Lauren Troupe continues to lead the Greyhounds with 11.1 points per game. She's followed by Jill Glessner with 10.3. Jackie Valderas, Brittany Dunn and Krystle Harrington rank from third to fifth respectively and average between 9.5 and 9.2 points per game. Harrington is the teams assist leader at 4.3 per game. Valderas is the rebounding leader at 6.3 while Troupe follows at 5.6.
Loyola's current record of 16-9 overall and 11-5 in conference play is the best record in either category since the 2000-01 squad finished 19-10 and 12-6.
TOP FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH
First-year head coach Joe Logan currently posts the best record (16-9) as a first-year head coach in Loyola history since Anne McCloskey was 18-5 in the 1976-77 season.
COMFORTS OF HOME
Loyola has been undefeated on their home court of Reitz Arena in the last seven games. Their last home loss was on Dec. 11, 2005 to Fairfield, meaning the greyhounds have not lost a home game in over two months.