Women's Basketball Travels to the MAAC Tournament

March 1, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Friday the Greyhounds enter the second round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face the winner of the first round match-up between No. 6 Manhattan and No. 9 Rider. Loyola finished the regular season with an 18-9 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark and is currently on a four-game win streak.

The Jaspers hold a 20-14 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 five times, including this season. The teams have split the series the remaining four times.

The Greyhounds and Jaspers have met just once in the conference tournament in the semifinals in 1996. Loyola topped Canisius 73-63 to advance while Manhattan beat Siena, 93-76. The Jaspers topped the Greyhounds 63-56 in the semifinals and went on to win the 1996 MAAC Championship 92-66 over Fairfield.

Lauren Troupe recorded her fourth double-double of the season to lead Loyola to a 55-47 wiin on Feb. 16, 2006. The Greyhounds were up 29-17 at the half and maintained their 14-point lead early in the second half. The lead never slipped below seven until there were less than three minutes left to play and Manhattan's Kelly Regan scored four straight points to cut the lead to 50-47 with 1:54 to play. The Greyhounds maintained their composure, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the free-throw line over the final minutes for the 55-47 final. Troupe led Loyola with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jackie Valderas added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Caitlin Flood led the Jaspers with 15 points and 10 boards while Regan scored 12 points.

Manhattan does not have a single player averaging double-digits but a balanced attack provides four players averaging within 1.2 points of each other. Caitlin Flood leads the pack at 9.8 points per game, followed closely by Joann Nwafili at 9.7 Gabrielle Cottrell averages 8.7 points per game while kelly Regan is fourth at 8.6. Nwafili leads the team in both rebounds (6.0), assists (3.5), steals (2.0) and blocks (0.7).

The Greyhounds have topped the Broncs 19 out of the 26 times they have met including a 60-40 win at home and a 63-47 victory in Lawrenceville, N.J. earlier this season. The Greyhounds have won six of the last seven meetings with the Rider.

Rider and Loyola have met in the last two MAAC Tournaments. Both outings were in the first round with the Broncs winning in 2005 and the Greyhounds advancing in 2004. Last season, the broncs topped Loyola with a last-minute three-point basket for the 60-59 score In 2004, the Greyhounds defeated Rider, 79-65 in the first round. The two teams have never met in the second round.

Loyola posted their largest margin of victory to date in the season against Rider with a 60-40 win at home on Feb. 10, 2006. Both teams were cold to start but once they warmed up, Loyola quickly took the lead and held a 30-13 advantage at the half. Rider's 13 points at the half is the lowest for any Greyhound opponent this season. The Greyhounds posted four players in double-figures with the win. Kerri-Lynn Orsini scored a season-high 12 points while Jackie Valderas also added 12. Jill Glessner and Katie Scherle each scored 10 points. Brittany Dunn and Vanessa Ruffin each nabbed career-high in rebounds with 10 and 11 respectively. Rider's Danielle Costantino was the only player in double-figures for the Broncs with 12.

Rider does not post any players averaging double figures but has four averaging within 2.4 of each other. Janele Henderson leads at 9.7 points per game. She's followed by Kara Borel at 7.8 points and Danielle Costantino averages 7.7 points per game. Monica Welborn rounds out the top four scorers with 7.3 points per game. Borel leads the team in rebounds (7.2) and steals ( 1.8) while Chris Catalanotto leads in assists with an average of 3.3 per game.

Senior Lauren Troupe continues to lead her team in scoring with an average of 11.2 points per game. She's followed by Jill Glessner at 10.3 points, Jackie Valderas at 9.7, Krystle Harrington at 9.4 and Brittany Dunn at 9.2 points per game. Valderas leads in rebounds (6.4) and blocks (1.6). Harrington is the team's assists leader at 4.1 per game while Dunn leads in steals at 2.1 per game.

bSeniors Lauren Troupe and Krystle Harrington saved the best for last earning spots on the 2006 All-MAAC teams for the first time in their careers. Troupe was a first-team selection while Harrington was named the third-team.

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