Feb. 24, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Saturday is the final game of the regular season for Loyola women's basketball. The Greyhounds travel to Fairfield looking to avenge a loss from early on in the season. Loyola fell to the Stags, 76-71 on Dec. 11 in just their second MAAC game of the year.
The Stags have won the last three meetings between these two teams to hold a 24-14 record in the series. Loyola has not beaten Fairfield on the road since the 1995-96 season when the Greyhounds topped the Stags 63-54. Loyola has only beaten the Stags one other time away from home, 68-63 in the 1993-94 season.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
In their third game of the week, the Greyhounds posted four players in double-figures but it wouldn't be enough to over come Fairfield, 76-71. Lauren Troupe led with 16 points while Jackie Valderas added 15, Brittany Dunn 14 and Jill Glessner 11. Fairfield, who shot 6-for-21 from three-point range to Loyola's 0-for-5 effort, was led by Sabra Wrice's 26 points. Stephanie Ryan added 12 while Candice Lindsay chipped in 10 points.
SCOUTING THE STAGS
Sabra Wrice leads Fairfield in scoring with 13.6 points per game and steals with 2.4 a game. She is also second in rebounds (5.1) and assists (2.2). Cara Murphy follows in scoring with 10.2 points and leads in assists at 2.3 a game. Baendu Lowenthal is third in scoring with 8.2 points per game while leading the Stags in rebounds at 5.4 per game.
ABOUT THE `HOUNDS
Loyola continues to be led by senior Lauren Troupe at 11.2 points per game. She's followed by Jill Glessner with 10.2 points while Jackie Valderas, Brittany Dunn and Krystle Harrington score between 9.5 and nine points per game. Valderas is the team's rebounding leader at 6.3 per game with Troupe following at 5.6. Harrington dishes out a team-best 4.2 assists per game while Dunn nabs a best in steals with 2.1 per game.
Loyola's current record of 17-9 overall and 12-5 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 (17-9) 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 eight 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.
Loyola`s 76-44 win over Niagara on Feb. 23 was the largest margin of victory for the Greyhounds in any game this season and since a 70-44 win over Marist in 1998.
LAST TIME IN FRONT OF THE HOMETOWN CROWD
Fairfield native Kerri-Lynn Orsini may have already had her last career "home game" but Saturday night will be her final performance in front of her hometown crowd.