Women's Basketball Travel to College Park on Wednesday

Dec. 8, 2003

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About Tonight's Game
Tonight's game between the Greyhounds of Loyola College and the Terrapins of the University of Maryland will be Toys for Tots night at the ComCast Center. The Greyhounds come to College Park fresh off a victory over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents Manhattan while the Terps have most recently defeated St. Bonaventure on the road.

The Series
Maryland holds a 3-10 advantage in the series with the Greyhounds. Maryland defeated the Greyhounds to open the 2002-03 season, the first ever game in the ComCast Center, 80-72. The last Loyola victory came in 1998 by a score of 50-43. The Greyhounds also defeated the Terps the season prior, 57-50 and in the 1994-95 season, 73-68.

Greyhounds Last Time Out
BALTIMORE, MD - Sophomore Lauren Troupe scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 61-50 Loyola win over Manhattan Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Lady Jaspers fall to 3-2 and 0-2 in the conference.

Loyola came out raging immediately against Manhattan, leading the entire game expect for a 2-2 at 18:15 in the second half. Krystle Harrington gave the Greyhounds their biggest lead on the second half with a layup with 5:05 remaining for a 23-10 score. Manhattan wittled that lead to five in the closing minute of the half on a layup by Michel Bernal-Silva for a 25-20 Loyola lead at the half.

Manhattan again brought the lead within reach at 17:38 in the second half with layups from Rosalee Mason and Donnette Reed. Loyola continued to work hard to keep the Lady Jaspers at bay. The Greyhounds began to see the court extremely well, dishing the ball around and finding their open teammates in the final 10 minutes of play. The team was credited with just three assists in the first half but ended the game with 12.

Kerri-Lynn Orsini put Loyola ahead by 18, their largest lead at 4:17 with her three-pointer from Harrington at 4:17. Manhattan was given several opportunities to get within reach on free-throw shooting and two three pointers in the final minute of play but four free-throws from freshman Brittany Dunn and a one-for-two effort from Jill Glessner sealed the victory for the Greyhounds.

Manhattan's Rosalee Mason completed a double-double with game-highs in both points and rebounds with 19 and 12 respectively.

Troupe led Loyola and was followed by Harrington and Jackie Valderas both with 10 points. Orsini was solid across the board, scoring nine points, pulling down six rebounds, dishing out four assists, blocking two shots and nabbing three steals. Valderas also added four blocks and steals in Loyola's tremendous defensive effort.

Scouting Report: The Terrapins
All five Maryland starters average in double figures for second year head coach Brenda Frese. Freshman Shay Dorn leads the squad at 15.3 points a game while senior Crystal Washington and sophomore Chrissy Fisher round out second and third with 11.3 and 11.2 points respectively. Freshman Kalika France and sophomore Alli Spence round out the Terps starting five at 10.2 points each per game.

For The Greyhounds
Loyola is led by sophomore Lauren Troupe with 12.5 points per game off the bench. Troupe is followed by Katie Scherle, who is averaging a double-double with 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. Kerri-Lynn Orsini is next in the boards column with an average of 5.3 a game. Lone senior Lindsay Cobb is third in the points column with an average of 8.3 and leads in the assists column with 4.3.

Career Highlights
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.

Against Bucknell, sophomore Katie Scherle completed her first double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. In Loyola's first and third two game of season, Scherle was shy a double-double with nine points and 11 boards against American and 15 points and nine rebounds against Wake Forest.

Speading the Wealth
Eight of the 12 Greyhounds average more than ten minutes of play a game and no player besides point-guard Krystle Harrington averages more than 30 minutes.

Dishing the Rock
Loyola has three played averaging three or more assists per game. Senior Lindsay Cobb is dishing out an average of 3.8, point-guard Krystle Harrington has 3.6 and Kerri-Lynn Orsini is even at three per game.

Jackie From The Block
Jackie Valderas has found her rhythm once again for blocking shots. The sophomore forward denied four Manhattan players on Sunday, Dec. 7 for a team-high six blocks so far this season.

Familiar Face
Sophomore transfer Vanessa Ruffin will look very familiar to the ComCast Center crowd. Ruffin transferred to Loyola after her freshman year at Maryland but will not be allowed to play for the Greyhounds until she serves her NCAA Years in Residence.

Around the League
In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Loyola ranks first in scoring defense, allowing their opponents just 58.0 points per game. They are also second in scoring margin at +1.6. The Greyhouhnds are also second as a team in steals with 9.8 a game.

Sophomore Lauren Troupe ranks 14th overall in scoring with 12.8 points and Katie Scherle is 24th with 10.2 per game.

Scherle is second in the conference in rebounding, just behind Manhattan's Rosalee Mason, with 8.6 boards a game. Troupe ranks 17th with 5.8 rebounds.

Scherle also ranks second in field goal percentage, shooting 53.8% while Krsytle Harrington is 14th at 44.4%.

Senior Lindsay Cobb and Harrington are seventh and eighth in the MAAC in assists with 3.8 and 3.6 respectively. Kerri-Lynn Orsini also ranks in that category, tied for 10th with an even three per game.

Troupe is tied for third in free-throw percentage at 83.3% while freshman Brittany Dunn is ninth at 77.8%.

Harrington is tied for fourth in the league in steals with 2.60 a game.Jackie Valderas is fourth in blocked shots around the conference, averaging 1.2 a game while Orsini is seventh with 0.80 a game.

Cobb ranks first in assist/turnover ratio with a 4.75 margin while point-guard Harrington and Orsini are tied for 12th with a 1.00 ratio each.

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 26-36 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