Women's Basketball Hosts Penn on New Year's Eve

Dec. 29, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola women's basketball looks to finish 2006 on a strong note while hosting Penn on New Year's Eve. The Greyhounds are fresh off a 61-54 win over Villanova Thursday and hope to put together back-to-back wins. The Quakers meanwhile fell most recently to Temple Friday night by a score of 68-49.

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Senior Jill Glessner continues to lead Loyola in scored with 15 points a game. She also leads is tied for the lead in assists with 2.6 a game and is now second in rebounds with 6.3 a game. Classmate Brittany Dunn follows with 10 points a game and is tied with Glessner for the steals lead at 2.6. Dunn also leads in steals with 1.7 a game. Junior Meghan Wood is third in scoring at 9.8 points a game and leads in rebounds with seven a game. Classmate Vika Sholokhova rounds out the top scorers with nine points a game after her debut performance. She is third in rebounds with six a game.

The Greyhounds hold a 3-1 advantage in the series with the Quakers dating back to the 1994-95 season when Loyola defeated Penn on the road by a score of 62-52. The next meeting, also at Penn, gave the `Hounds a 67-60 advantage in the 1995-96 season. The teams also played in Baltimore that year with the Greyhounds earning the third straight win over the Quakers, 63-42. In the last meeting between the teams, in 1996-97, Penn earned its first win over Loyola 62-54.
Series Record: 3-1
Current Streak: Penn +1
Meetings and Scores:
1994-95 season: Loyola 62, Penn 52 at Penn
1995-96 season: Loyola 67, Penn 60 at Penn and Loyola 63, Penn 42 at Loyola
1996-97 season: Penn 62, Loyola 54 at Penn

Monica Naltner currently leads the team in scoring with 20.3 points and rebounds at 6.9 rebounds a game. Joey Rhoads is second in scoring at 17.7 points a game and is second in assists at 3.6 a game. The remaining Quakers range in scoring from 6.1 points and zero points per game. Lauren Pears leads the team in assists with 3.8 a game and steals with two a game.

The Greyhounds and Quakers have already faced three common opponents this season. Below are their opponents and how each team fared.
Versus Rider: Loyola won 70-59, Penn won 77-65
Versus Villanova: Loyola won 61-54, Penn lost 57-50
Versus Drexel: Loyola won 66-57, Penn won 60-57