Dec. 2, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's basketball team travels to Canisius Friday for an early Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest. The Greyhounds (0-3) are looking for the first win over the 2004-05 season while the Griffs (2-2) are on a two game win streak.
About Tonight's GameTonight Loyola travels to face its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent, Canisius. Loyola was picked to win the conference title in the coaches poll while the Golden Griffs were selected sixth. The last time these two teams met was in a battle of the fourth (Canisius) and fifth (Loyola) seed in the second round of the MAAC tournament last March. The Golden Griffs came out on top in that contest, 72-70.
On the Road AgainLoyola is playing in its fourth road game of the season tonight. The Greyhounds are away from Reitz Arena for the first six games of 2004-05 and do not play at home until the host Towson on December 12. The home stand does last long however, with the Greyhounds travelling to VCU and Wake Forest just before the holidays.
Canisius and Loyola hold a tight series since the first contest between them in the 1986-87 season. The Golden Griffs hold a one game advantage in a 18-17 series. Last season, the squads spilt the regular season contest with each team winning on their home court and also met in the second round of the MAAC tournament as the fourth and fifth seeds. The Golden Griffs won that battle 72-70.
Loyola is currently led in scoring by junior Krystle Harrington at nine points a game. Sophomore Jill Glessner is second at 8.3 points a game. She is followed by juniors Katie Scherle and Lauren Troupe. Three players share the lead in rebounds (Harringotn, Scherle and Troupe) while Harrington leads in assists with 2.7 a game.
Canisius sports three players averaging double-figures in scoring with Cheri Wittlieb leading the pack at 15 points a game. Megan Lyte trails her at 13.5 points and Becky Zak rounds out the top three at 11.8 points a game. Lyte leads the way on the boards, averaging 7.3 a game while Zak holds the lead in the assist column with 4.25 a game.
After facing Canisius, Loyola will take on Niagara on Sunday, December 5 at 1:00.