Women's Basketball Plays Host to American

Nov. 28, 2003

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About Today's Game
Today's game versus American is the second with a Patriot League opponent this week. The Greyhounds travelled to Bucknell before the Thanksgiving break. The Eagles are 2-0 so far on the season and Loyola is 1-1.

The Series
American holds a 2-9 advantage over Loyola although the 'Hounds won the most recent meeting in their 2001 Holiday Tournament. In 2001, Loyola defeated the Eagles 70-60. American's last victory over the Greyhounds came in 1984, 66-44.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
LEWISBURG, PA - Sophomore Lauren Troupe scored a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead the Loyola College women's basketball team to a 56-46 win over Bucknell Tuesday night at Sojka Pavilion. The Greyhounds improve to 1-1 on the season while the Bison fall to 0-2.

Troupe sparked a 9-0 run with her layup starting at 11:24 with a tie at 11 in the first half for Loyola to pull away. She then grabbed the ensuing defensive board which resulted in a three-pointer by Jill Henn. Krystle Harrington made a steal on the next trip to Bison territory where Troupe grabbed an offensive board and scored on the put back. Harrington made another steal at Bucknell's end and went coast to coast for a 20-11 Greyhound lead.

Bucknell made a slight run after calling a 30-second timeout but the Loyola defensive effort held them without a basket in the last 8:24 seconds of play for a 29-15 half-time lead.

In the second half, a three from Troupe and another from senior Lindsay Cobb gave Loyola an 18-point lead at 14:14 and control of the tempo for most of the remainder of play.

Sophomore Katie Scherle earned her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, nine in the first half, to follow Troupe in the scoring column. Troupe added seven boards. Point-guard Harrington scored five points and added five assists and steals for a strong all-around effort.

For Bucknell, Brooke Tomovich, a transfer from Loyola after her freshman year, led with 15 points while Desire Almind completed a double-double with 12 points and rebounds. Freshman Lindsey Hollobaugh rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.

Loyola forced 25 Bucknell turnovers to their nine. The Greyhounds were credited with 14 steals on the night.

Scouting Report: The Eagles
American is led by senior Chanel Spriggs with 18 points per game and junior transfer Joanna Barnes with nine points a game. Chanel Hunt is leading the Eagles on the boards with seven rebounds a game.

For The Greyhounds
Loyola is currently led by sophomore Lauren Troupe who is averaging 14.0 points per game. She is followed by Katie Scherle. Scherle is averaging a double-double in the first two games of the season with 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Point-guard Krystle Harrington is third on the team in scoring avering a strong 7.5 points, three rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.

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