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Women's Basketbal Takes on Saint Peter's

Feb. 24, 2004

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Tonight's Game
Wednesday and Sunday's games will determine the final rankings in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Currently, Loyola sits just above Fairfield and just below Saint Peter's in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rankings. Saint Peter's is fifth with an 8-8 conference mark and is 13-12 overall. Loyola is sixth at 7-9 in the MAAC and 11-14 overall. Fairfield is seventh, tied with Loyola's conference record at 7-9, but are 9-17 overall.

The Series vs. Saint Peter's
Saint Peter's holds a dominating 31-8 advantage over Loyola since the series between the two teams began in 1980. The last time the Greyhounds defeated the Pea Hens was at the close of the 2000-01 season, 77-73.

Last Time vs. The Pea Hens
JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite holding Saint Peter's scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the first half and the first seven of the second, Loyola fell to the Pea Hens 60-46 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle for second place Friday night at the Yantelli Center. The Greyhounds fall to 8-8 overall with the loss and 4-3 in the conference while SPC improved to 10-6 and 5-2.

The Greyhounds opened Friday's contest with the first three baskets and playing tenacious defense to hold the Pea Hens scoreless until 14:53. The two teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes before Saint Peter's Lindsay Gonzalez hit a three-pointer for a 13-10 Pea Hens lead. Saint Peter's built up as much as a 17 point lead in the next 10 minutes; holding a 33-18 advantage at the half way mark.

Loyola looked like a team on a mission in the second half. Jill Glessner scored five points in a 7-0 Greyhound run, cutting the SPC lead to nine. Kristen Hood hit two free-throws for the Pea Hens's first points in the second half at 13:06 but it wasn't until the 12 minute mark that Loyola's defense allowed a basket.

A great defensive play by Robbyn Poole with the pass to Katie Scherle cut Saint Peter's lead to just one for a 39-38 score at 8:43. The two squads exchanged baskets before Gonzalez hit her third three-pointer of the night at 1:26 to seal the victory.

Loyola was plagued by fouls (21) and poor free-throw shooting (7-for-14) late in the second half.

The Greyhounds were lead by Scherle with 11 points and game-high nine rebounds. She was followed by Glessner with nine points.

Gonzalez led the Pea Hens with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Elyse Siciliano came off the bench to score 11 points.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
BUFFALO, NY - Canisius came out on top of a defensive battle Sunday afternoon over Loyola, 73-54. The Greyhounds fall to 11-14 with the loss and 7-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Griffs improved to 16-10 overall and 11-6 in the conference.

In the first half, the squads exchanged baskets and the lead to open the contest before Canisius went on a 7-0 run over almost four minutes of play to earn a 17-9 lead. The Greyhounds then made a run of their own, 10-2, to tie the game up at 19 with 8:03 remaining in the half. The Griffs would reclaim the lead but Loyola kept them on their toes, shooting 5-for-6 from the line to stay in the game at 33-30.

Canisius opened the first half with a 10-2 run, holding Loyola to just two free throws for the first four minutes. The Griffs took as much as a 12-point lead early on behind Becky Zak's efforts. Zak hit two threes as well as two free throws and a jump shot to give Canisius a 56-46 advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Loyola again went scoreless for over almost seven minutes allowing the Griffs to a set a 62-46 advantage with 4;30 remaining. Jill Glessner ended the drought with her basket at 4;20.

Canisius went on a 11-2 run in the final two minutes of the contest for a 73-54 score.

For the Greyhounds freshman Glessner and Ebony Toliver set career-highs with 13 and eight points respectively. Glessner and Toliver also lead for Loyola. Glessner also lead on the boards with seven, sophomore Jackie Valderas tied with seven as well.

For Canisius Zak led the game with 20 points and was followed by Jenel Stevens with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Cheri Wittleib was also in double figures with 12 points.

Scouting Report: The Pea Hens
Saint Peter's is led by Lindsay Gonzalez with 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. She is followed in the scoring column by Tanesha Seaton with 11.6 points and a team-high of 8.8 rebounds per game.

For The Greyhounds
Katie Scherle continues to lead the squad in scoring with her 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. She is followed in both categories by Lauren Troupe with 10.6 points and 5.9 boards a game. Guards Lindsay Cobb and Krystle Harrington are third and fourth in scoring with 7.6 and 7.3 respectively. The duo rank first and second in the assist column with an average of 3.9 and 3.8 a game. Freshman Jill Glessner is sixth in scoring (4.4), third in rebounding (4.0) , assists with (2.1), and steals (1.4). Jackie Valderas is fifth in scoring with 4.8 points per game, fourth in rebounds with 3.6 and first in blocks with one a game.

Career Highlights
Jill Glessner hit new career-highs in points against both Niagara (12) and Canisius (13). Ebony Toliver also set a new career mark with eight points against the Griffs.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.