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Women's Basketball Set to Take on Rider

March 3, 2004

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Today's Game
In the opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, the No. 5 seed, Loyola (13-14, 9-9) will face the No. 10 seed, Rider (5-22, 3-15). The winner will go on to face No. 4 Canisius (17-10, 12-6) on Friday at 9:15 a.m.

The Series vs. Rider
Loyola holds a 14-6 advantage in the series against Rider. The two teams split the series this season with each squad winning on their own court. Rider defeated the Greyhounds 73-55 in Lawrenceville, PA but Loyola topped the Broncs, 64-57 at home later in the season. Head coach Candy Cage holds a 4-2 record against Rider.

Last Time vs. The Broncs
BALTIMORE, MD - The Greyhounds avenged an early season road loss Thursday night with a 64-57 win over Rider at Reitz Arena. Loyola had fallen to the Broncs in Lawerncville, 73-55 on January 6th. The Greyhounds, who posted four players in double digits in the victory, improve to 10-10, 6-5 while Rider falls to 4-16, 2-9.

The two teams went up and down the court more than five times in just under three minutes before point guard Krystle Harrington hit a turn around jumper at 17:09 for the first points of the game. The two team exchanged baskets for the next few minutes before the Greyhounds offense stepped on the gas, scoring 23 points in the next 11 minutes to Rider's seven.

Rider went on a 16-4 run to catch up to Loyola to trail by two at 13:58 but the entire Greyhound squad never panicked and remained composed to rebuild their lead for the win. Loyola scored the next seven straight points to gain a solid nine point lead (40-31) at 11:27 and never looked back.

Loyola was led by sophomore Katie Scherle with 16 points. She was followed by Lauren Troupe at 11 points and a team-high of seven rebounds. Guards Harrington and Lindsay Cobb each added 10 points. Jackie Valderas added solid play off the bench with six points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Leanne Moore led for the Broncs with 19 points and was followed by Becky Hower with 11 points and a game-high of nine rebounds. The Broncs committed 22 turnovers in Thursday's game, 14 in the first half.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola College women's basketball team hit their first 7-of-8 shots from the floor as well as a free throw to hold a 15-6 advantage and never let it go in a 75-53 win over Fairfield Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. It was the final regular season game for both teams with the Greyhounds finishing at 13-14 and 9-9 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Fairfield falling to 10-18 and 8-10.

After Loyola jumped to a 15-6 lead to start the game, Fairfield battled back and got within two, going on a 9-2 run before senior Lindsay Cobb hit a three-pointer to spark a 12 point Greyhounds scoring run for a 29-15 lead. Fairfield scored the next five points to get within nine but that was as close as the score got in the first half, with a 41-30 Loyola lead.

The Greyhounds maintained the lead for the entire second half, getting up by as much as 26 at the close of the contest.

Loyola shot an outstanding 57.9% from the field in Sunday's contest behind the efforts of guards Krystle Harrington and Cobb. The duo scored a total of 33 points by shooting 16-for-22 from the field.

Cobb led the Greyhounds with 17 points in her final appearance at Reitz Arena. She also added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Harrington followed with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Forwards Katie Scherle and Lauren Troupe each added 12 points and six assists to round out the Loyola players in double-figures. Freshman Meghan Wood also added seven points and Jackie Valderas tallied six.

For Fairfield, Janelle McManus scored 14 points to lead the Stags and Katherine Rusie added 13 off the bench. Cathy Dash pulled down nine rebounds for a game-high.

Scouting Report: The Broncs
Rider finished the regular season with a 63-60 win over Manhattan. The Broncs posted a 5-23 overall record and a 3-15 conference mark.

Leanne Moore leads the team in scoring at 13.2. She is followed by Becky Hower at 12.0 and Katie Hall at 11.3. Freshman Kara Borel leads on the boards with 6.7 rebounds a game and both Hower and Tami Coyle post 2.9 assists per game for a team best.

For The Greyhounds
Katie Scherle continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring and rebounding at 11.3 points and 6.0 boards a game. She is followed by Lauren Troupe with 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Krystle Harrington is third (8.1), followed closely by Lindsay Cobb at 7.9 points per game. Cobb leads in the assist column, averaging 3.9 and game. Harrington is a close second at 3.6 a game. She leads in steals with 2.9 a game. Jackie Valderas is fifth in scoring (4.9) but ranks at the top in steals with 1.0 a game. Freshman Jill Glessner is sixth in scoring (4.7) but third in rebounds with 4.2 a game. Scherle shoots a team-best 49% from the floor while Troupe is tops from the charity stripe at 81.6%.

Best Yet
Loyola's 13-14 overall record as well as its 9-9 conference mark is the best yet during head coach Candy Cage's tenure. In Cage's first season, the squad posted a record of 12-17, 5-13 and last season the Greyhounds finished at 11-17, 7-11.

All-MAAC
Sophomore Katie Scherle was named to the 2003-04 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference second team Monday as announce by the conference office. The selections are made my MAAC coaches.

The 2002-03 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Scherle has led the Greyhounds inscoring and rebounding for much of the season. Scherle currently averages a team-high 11.3 points and six rebounds per game. She has scored in the double-digits in 16 games for the Greyhounds this season, leading the team in scoring in 11 games.

Scherle, a pre-season second-team selection, hit a career-high with 25 points against Canisius this season by shooting 11-for-12 from the floor and hitting 3-of-4 from the line. Scherle has also hit double digits in the rebounding column four times this season with a career-high of 13 against Niagara in the same weekend. Scherle was awarded the MAAC Player of the Week award after her performances against the Golden Griffs and the Purple Eagles.

First -team selections were Jenel Stevens (Canisius), Michelle Fahy (Iona), Rosalee Mason (Manhattan), Colleen Toetz (Niagara) and Jolene Johnston (Siena). Joining Scherle on the second-team is Lonnie Brown (Canisius), Stephanie Del Preore (Marist), Maureen Magarity (Marist), Eva Cunningham (Niagara), Lindsay Gonzalez (Saint Peter's). Named to the third team was, Janelle McManus (Fairfield), Leanne Moore (Rider), Tanesha Seaton (Saint Peter's), Liene Jansone (Siena) and Natalie Marchino (Siena).

Conference Awards
Krystle Harrington was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week announced by the conference office Monday.

Harrington averaged 18 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals in two huge wins for Loyola to close out the regular season. She scored a career-high of 20 points in a 60-49 victory over Saint Peter's, surpassing he previous high of 13 points. Against Fairfield, Harrington was on fire, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field for 16 points in the 75-53 win. She also added six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

This is Harrington's first MAAC award in her career. This season she is averaging 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals a game.

Career Highlights
Against Saint Peter's, Krystle Harrington hit a new career-high in points with 20.

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.