Dec. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - It was a total team effort as the Loyola College women's basketball team as it posted five players in double digits on the way to a 63-58 victory over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Canisius Friday evening at Koessler Athletic Center. The victory was the first of the season for Loyola who improves to 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC while the Golden Griffs fall to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The first half was a tight battle that featured eight lead changes and three ties. Neither squad led by more than four points while Canisius finished the half with a one point lead at 25-24.
Early in the second half was more of the same until a three-pointer by junior Lauren Troupe at 16:49 put Loyola up 33-31 and the Greyhounds never looked back. Loyola got up by as much as 16 points with a 23-6 run that started with Troupe's three. Seven different Loyola players scored in the run with Krystle Harrington leading the way with six points for a 53-39 score. But Canisius wasn't about to go quietly as it started a run of its own at 3:26 starting with a layup by Jessica Steves to cut the lead to 14, 55-41. The Golden Griffs continued to chip away at Loyola's lead by not allowing a field goal for a 58-54 scored with just 52 seconds remaining. The teams traded free throws for a 60-56 score with 28 seconds remaining. Junior Jackie Valderas hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining only to be answered by a jumper by Becky Zak for a 62-58 score with just four seconds left. After a Canisius timeout, Harrington was fouled and hit one-of-two from the line for the 63-58 final.
Troupe led Loyola with 13 points while adding six rebounds. Harrington and Meghan Wood followed with 12 points each, a career high for Wood. Harrington also added five assists. Valderas and Katie Scherle followed with 10 points each and 10 and eight rebounds respectively. 10 rebounds gave Valderas her first career double-double as well as a career high.
Zak ended with a game high of 18 points and was followed in scoring by teammates Steeves and Cheri Wittlieb with 12.
Friday's win over Canisius was the first win at Koessler Arena for head coach Candy Cage in her four years at Loyola. With the win, the Greyhounds knot the series with the Golden Griffs, 18-18.
Loyola will now face Niagara Sunday, December 5 at 1:00.