Dec. 29, 2005
San Diego, Calf. - The Loyola College women's basketball team faces Auburn Friday night at 10:30 (EST) in the championship game of San Diego State's Surf `N Slam Tournament. The Greyhounds advance after beating the host 52-43 Friday night while the Tigers topped UC Davis 69-54 in the opening game. Loyola has never faced Auburn in head-to-head competition in any sport.
Auburn is 8-4 on the season and have won their last four straight over Western Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Furman and UC Davis in the first round of the tournament. The Tigers remaining wins are over UTPA, Buffalo, George Mason and Jacksonville State. The Tigers losses on the season are to Duke, Xavier and Chattanooga.
Dewanna Bonner leads the Tigers in scoring with an average of 13.8 points per game. She is second on the boards with an average of 5.9 a contest. Marita Payne leads on the boards with 7.8 per game and leads in blocks with an impressive 39 on the season. Nitasha Brown is now second on the team in scoring averaging double-figures with 11.3 points per game and leads in assists with 64 total. Payne rounds out the Tigers players averaging double-figures with 10.6 points per game.
As a team, the Tigers shoot 46.5% from the floor and 35.7% from three-point range.
Brittany Dunn continues to lead the Greyhounds in scoring this season with 11.1 points per game. She is followed closely by classmate Jill Glessner with 10.8 points per game. Jackie Valderas is also averaging double-figures with 10.1 points and a team best 8.1 rebounds a game. Lauren Troupe follows Valderas in that category with an average of 5.8 rebounds a game. Glessner is just behind Troupe with 4.7 rebounds a game. Valderas leads the team in both field-goal and free-throw percentage at .584 and .786 respectively. Krystle Harrington is the assist leader with 44 total.
As a team the Greyhounds hold the first place ranking in five statistical categories in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: scoring margin, field-goal percentage, blocked shots, assists and assist/turnover ratio.
The Greyhounds currently rank in the top 100 in the country in the following categories: assists per game, field goal percentage, blocked shots per game and scoring offense. Loyola's highest ranking is 23rd in assists per game with an average of 17.4. In field goal percentage, Loyola ranks 52nd at 44.5%. The Greyhounds rank 80th in blocked shots at 3.9 per game and 87th in scoring offense at 69.4. Duke leads the nation in all four of those categories at 24.8 assists per game, 54.4% in field-goals, 8.8 blocked shots a game and 95.1 points in scoring offense.
Loyola also ranks in the low hundreds in free-throw percentage (110th at 69.9%) and scoring margin (118th at 3.7).