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Women's Basketball Faces Canisius in Second Round

March 4, 2004

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Today's Game
Today Loyola faces the No. 4 seed Canisius College after topping Rider, 79-65, to advance to the second round. The Greyhounds are now 14-14 on the season after posting a 9-9 MAAC record in the regular season. Canisius (17-10, 12-6) earned a first round bye by finishing as one of the top four seeds. Loyola defeated Canisius at home on January 16th (88-76) but the Golden Griffs topped the Greyhounds at Koessler Arena, 73-54, on February 22.

The Series vs. Canisius
Loyola and Canisius tie at 17-17 in their series that began in 1986. The squads have split the regular season series the past two seasons, each winning on their home court. The Greyhounds last loss this season came at the hands of Canisius, 73-54, in Buffalo. The two teams have not met in the post-season since 1997 and Loyola holds a 4-0 advantage in post-season play.

Last Time vs. The Griffs
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.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
ALBANY, NY - The Loyola College women's basketball team rallied past Rider, 79-65, in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Pepsi Arena. The Greyhounds improve to 14-14 on the season with the victory and will move on to face Canisius on Friday.

The two teams battled back and forth for much of the first half until senior Lindsay Cobb gave Loyola an eight point lead by nailing a three-pointer with 4:05 remaining in the half. Rider's Denise Moore answered back by Cobb would get another basket to maintain the eight point lead, 32-24. The Broncs brought the Greyhound lead down to five with four points from Leanne Moore but Loyola got the last basket of the half as the buzzer rang with a layup by freshman Meghan Wood for a 36-29 lead.

The Greyhounds worked hard to maintain their lead early on in the second stanza. Krsytle Harrington made a steal and went coast to coast for an 11 point lead, 42-31, at 18:08. Rider wasn't about to give up however, making a quick five point run to cut the Loyola lead to six at 14:09. Loyola played strong defensively for the next several minutes, not allowing a Rider basket for nearly eight minutes. The Broncs hit went 7-for-8 from the line in that time but never hit a shot from the floor. The Greyhounds were just as solid on the offensive end, getting as much as a 21 point lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Broncs finally got on from the floor at 4:02 and again with a three at 3:33 to cut the lead to 16, 71-55 but the Greyhounds would go on to hit 8-of-10 from the charity stripe over the last two minutes, including five from Kerri-Lynn Orsini, to earn the 79-65 final score.

Sophomore second-team all-MAAC selection, Katie Scherle led the team with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. She was followed in the points column by Harrington with 16 points as well as five assists. Freshman Jill Glessner added nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Classmate Meghan Wood scored a career-high eight points. Sophomore Lauren Troupe tied Scherle with 10 boards.

Rider's Leanne Moore scored a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds. Moore was the only Broncs in double-figures.

The Greyhounds outshot the Broncs, 46.2 % to 33.3% as well as out-rebounded them, 45-39.

Scouting Report: The Griffs
Pre-season MAAC Player of the Year Jenel Stevens leads Canisius in scoring and rebounding with a near double-double of 16.6 points and 9.9 rebounds a game. She is followed in both categories by classmate Lonnie Brown with 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Becky Zak and Cheri Wittlieb round out the Griffs in double-digits with 11.3 and 11.0 points per game respectively. Zak is Canisius assist leader, averaging 5.6 per game.

For The Greyhounds
Katie Scherle continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring and rebounding at 11.5 points and 6.1 boards a game. She is followed by Lauren Troupe with 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Krystle Harrington is third (8.4), followed closely by Lindsay Cobb at 7.9 points per game. Cobb leads in the assist column, averaging 3.8 and game. Harrington is a close second at 3.6 a game. She leads in steals with 2.2 a game. Freshman Jill Glessner is fifth in scoring (4.9) but third in rebounds with 4.3 a game. Jackie Valderas is sixth in scoring (4.8) but ranks at the top in blocks with 1.0 a game. Scherle shoots a team-best 49% from the floor while Troupe is tops from the charity stripe at 80.4%.

Best Yet
Loyola's 14-14 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.

From the Training Room
Sophomore Jackie Valderas left Thursday's game after suffering from a scratched cornea. Trainer Steve Austin has cleared her for play today.

Double Down
Katie Scherle completed her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 boards against Rider in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.

Career Highlights
Freshman Meghan Wood scored a career-high eight points against Rider in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.

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.