Women's Basketball Travels to Bucknell

Nov. 24, 2003

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

About Today's Game
Tonight's game is the second game of the season for both the Bucknell Bison (0-1) and the Loyola Greyhounds (0-1). The Bison visited West Virginia University in their opener, falling 77-57, to the Mountaineers. The Greyhounds hosted Wake Forest, falling 66-51.

The Series
Bucknell holds a 2-3 series advantage over Loyola, including a 76-7-3 victory at Reitz Arena last fall. The last time the 'Hounds defeated the Bison was in 1990 by a score of 76-62.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
Wake Forest used a late second-half surge to pull away from Loyola College, 66-51, in women's basketball action Friday night at Reitz Arena. Friday was the season opener for both squads.

The first half was a close battle of defensive play with a 18-17 Wake Forest lead with 7:22 left on the clock. The Demon Deacons Tonia Brown scored five points in a 9-2 run to put Wake up eight, their largest lead of the half with 4:54 remaining before Loyola whittled that lead to four (29-25) at the half behind the efforts of Lindsay Cobb.

The Greyhounds came out of the locker room strong, taking a quick lead on a jumper by Krystal Harrington and three-pointer by Kerri-Lynn Orsini for a 30-29 Loyola lead at 18:22. The two teams went back and forth for the next several minutes before Loyola tied the game up with a three from Lauren Troupe at 17:13. But Wake would control much of the game from there on out, taking as much as an 18 point lead in a foul laden second half.

Loyola committed just six fouls in the first 20 minutes of play compared to the Demon Deacons 11 but the second half was another story with Wake registering another 11 fouls and the Greyhounds committing 15. Loyola shot 15-for-24 from the free-throw line to Wake's 18-for-29, both at 62%. It was a different story from the floor with the 'Hounds shooting just 29.3% to Wake's 42.3%.

Loyola was led by 2003 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Katie Scherle with 15 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by Harrington with 10 points.

Wake's Brown was the game's scoring leader with 16 points and nine boards and was followed by Liz Strunk with 11 and Kelia Evans with 10.

Last Time with the Bison
Bucknell 76, LOYOLA 73
Dec. 3, 2002
Molly Creamer scored a game-high 23 points and tallied six steals to lead Bucknell to a 76-73 win over Loyola Tuesday at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds fall to 1-3 while the Bison improve to 3-3.

Bucknell led the entire game but Loyola came within one at 1:18 in the second half after a steal and a layup by junior Lindsey Cobb to set the score at 74-73. The Greyhounds had the chance to take the lead after the Bison missed a three-point field goal attempt with 54 seconds remaining. Shontrese Smith grabbed the defensive board but Loyola failed to capitalize on the possession.

The Bison regained possession and held the lead at 74-73 when Cobb fouled Creamer with two seconds left on the clock. Creamer, who was 13-for-15 from the line, made both shots.

The Greyhounds had possession under Bucknell's basket with two seconds still left on the clock but could not score.

Loyola was lead by Smith and Cobb who each scored 14 points. Smith added two assists and four steals. Jennifer Mitchell had 12 points and tied a team-high with six boards. Freshman Jackie Valderas and Kate Scherle tied Mitchell's rebounds at six apiece. Scherle also added seven points and Valderas added three buckets for six points.

Bucknell had two other players in double figures with the win, Desire Almind added 23 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Kate Franks rounded out the Bison players in double figures with 12 points.

Scouting Report: The Bison
Against the Mountaineers, Bucknell was led by freshman Lindsey Hollobaugh with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. She was followed by senior Desire Almind with 12 points and seven boards.

Points of Interest for Tonight's Game:
* Bucknell's Brooke Tomovich spent hier frist season of eligiblity on the Evergreen campus. Tomovich transfered to Bucknell at the close of the 2001-02 season and was redishirted last season to serve her NCAA Year in Residence.

For The Greyhounds
Loyola returns three starters and nine letter-winners to the 2003-04 squad with the addition of four newcomers and a red-shirt sophomore transfer.

Sophomore Katie Scherle is the leading returning scorer after the freshman campaign that earned her MAAC Rookie of the Year. Scherle appeared in all 28 games, starting in 17 from her forward position. She averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds a game in 2002-03.

Also returning for the Greyhounds is three-time senior captain Lindsay Cobb. Cobb will see more time as the 2-guard this season after spending much of her career at point. Last season she averaged six points, 2.4 rebounds and a team-high 4.2 assists in 31.1 minutes of play.

Also returning for Loyola is junior Robbyn Poole and sophomores Jackie Valderas, Krystle Harrington, Kerri-Lynn Orsini, Jill Henn and Lauren Troupe. Valderas and Harrington both earned starting spots at one point in the 2002-03 season. Valderas led the squad in blocked shots with an average of 1.04 a game while Harrington will run the point this season after gaining valuable experience as a freshman.

Joining the lineup will be guards Ebony Toliver, Brittany Dunn and Jill Glessner as well as forward Meghan Wood. Sophomore Vanessa Ruffin is a transfer from the University of Maryland who will be forced to sit out this season to serve her Year in Residence. All four freshman are expected to add a spark to this year, offensively and defensively.

Wild, Weird and Wacky Triva About the Greyhounds:
* Freshman Ebony Toliver played at for the same high school team, Elizabeth Seton, as Loyola head coach Candy Cage.

* Senior Lindsay Cobb is in her third stint as a team captain. As a sophomore Cobb was joined by then-senior Laura Slater, last season Shontrese Smith and Jennifer Mitchell shared the duties with Cobb and in 2003-04, Cobb was voted the lone captain of the team.

* Sophomore Kerri-Lynn Orsini hails from Fairfield, CT, home of MAAC rival Fairfield University. The Orsini clan are actually neighbors of Stags women's basketball head coach, Diane Nolan.

* Both Lauren Troupe and Ebony Toliver have family connections to the Philadelphia Eagles. Troupe's father, Randy, played for the Eagles from 1972-74 while Toliver's cousin, Shawn Barber (now with the Kansas City Chiefs) was an Eagle in the 2002-03 season.

* Sophomore Jackie Valderas has followed in her father's footsteps. Mark Valderas played basketball at Loyola before playing professionally in Puerto Rico.

* Both sophomore Lauren Troupe and junior Shannon Kelleher attended Mount Vernon high School in Alexandria, VA.

* Current Greyhound assistant coach Kelly Muir played for both head coach Candy Cage and assistant coach Mark Miller as a student at Georgia Tech while the two were assistants.

* Coach Cage, Miller and Muir, while at Georgia Tech, faced assistant coach Alisha Mosley in ACC competition. Mosley played at Wake Forest.

* Assistant coach Kelly Muir also coached at MAAC opponent Rider as a graduate assistant coach for Eldon Price.

Coach Cage:
Head coach Candy Cage is entering her third year at the helm of the Loyola women's basketball program. She holds a 23-35 record to date. Since coming to Loyola, Cage has recruited two of the strongest classes the Greyhounds have seen in quite sometime. The 2002-03 class of six included the MAAC Rookie of the Year as well as three starters for that squad. This season's freshman have yet to be tested but will all see a steady amount of playing time off of the bench and from starting spots.

In the Crystal Ball:
Tynisha Davis has signed her national letter of intent to join the Loyola college women's basketball team in the 2004-05 season head coach Candy Cage announced Friday.

Davis, a 5-7 combination guard, will come to Loyola from Brooklyn's Christ the King High School where she averaged seven points and three steals per game as a junior. Christ the King is heralded as one of nation's top girl's high school programs, having won several New York State titles. The 2002-03 squad at Christ the King sent seven players on to Division I scholarship programs.

"T is an exceptional athlete who can play both guard positions," Cage said. "We are very excited to have a player from such an outstanding High School program join the Loyola College Family."

Fountain of Youth:
The 2003-04 squad ranks second in the nation as the youngest Division I women's basketball team in the country at 18.8 as an average age.

1. Wofford 18.77
2. Loyola 18.8
3. Utah State 18.9
4. Indiana 19
Hawaii 19
6. Tennessee Tech 19.08
7. Appalachian State 19.1
8. University of Central Florida 19.2
Michigan State 19.2
9. Central Michigan 19.23
10. University of New Hampshire 19.3