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Women's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to Canisius, 77-74
Feb. 6, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - In a game that featured 11 lead changes and nine ties, Canisius came out on top to defeat Loyola, 77-74 in women's basketball action at Reitz Arena Sunday. The Greyhounds fall to 7-14 with the loss and 6-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while the Golden Griffs improve to 13-8 and 9-3 with the win.
The Greyhounds went on a 7-2 run to start the contest before a three by Becky Zak cut the lead to 7-5 at 15:40. The squads exchanged buckets to tie before a 6-0 run by thee Golden Griffs gave Canisius the 17-11 lead at 10:23. Loyola responded with a run of its own, 11-0 in under two minutes to give it a 22-17 advantage at 8:15. Katie Scherle sparked the run with the first two baskets. Canisius tied the contest again but Loyola maintained the lead with two free throws by Scherle for a 24-22 score at 6:55. The back and forth play continued before Canisius used two three-pointers by Cherri Wittlieb to claim the lead, 30-26 at 5:33. A three by Lauren Troupe cut the Golden Griffs advantage to 32-29 but Loyola did not get any closer for the remainder of the half as Canisius held a 40-35 lead as they headed into the locker room.
In the second half, Loyola reclaimed the lead early with a 6-0 run before a three by Abby Radunske returned the advantage to Canisius, 43-41. Loyola then went on an 8-1 run to build up a 50-44 lead, their largest of the contest at 15:31. But the exchange of the leads would continue as Canisius reclaimed it at 13:01 and used solid defense to build up a 54-62 score with 9:20 remaining. The two teams battled back and forth for the next nine minutes with the Golden Griffs before a 7-0 run by Loyola claimed the lead, 70-69 with 1:13 remaining. A layup by Brittany Dunn tied the contest at 69 while a 1-for-2 effort from the free-throw line gave the Greyhounds the advantage. After a 1-for-2 effort from the charity strip by Zak, Jessica Steeves nabbed a huge offensive board and scored for Canisius to give the Golden Griffs a 72-70 advantage with a layup. Wittlieb then went 2-for-4 from the line for a 74-70 advantage. Jill Glessner nailed a jump shot with 37 seconds left on the clock for a 74-72 score. Zak was sent to the line again with seven ticks left on the clock and sunk both shots for a 76-72 lead. Ebony Toliver tried to keep things going for Loyola with a layup with two seconds left but Wittlieb went to the line with one second left, hitting 1-of-2 for the 77-74 final.
Sunday's scoring effort was the highest for Loyola since its 71-55 win over Niagara on Jan. 22, 2005. Loyola held a slight advantage in rebounding at 32-30 and just outshot the Golden Griffs 51.8%-49.1%. Loyola shot an improved 78.9% from the free-throw line while Canisius was just 15-26.
Scherle led the Greyhounds with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jackie Valderas follwed with 14 points and eight rebounds. Dunn added a career-high of 13 with five steals and four assists and Glessner added ten. Krystle Harrington recorded a game-high seven assists.
Zak led the Golden Griffs with 18 points and five assists. Wittlieb followed with 13, Radunske added 12 and Karly Chesko chipped in 10 off the bench.
Loyola returns to the road as it faces Saint Peter's in Jersey City, N.J. on Wed, Feb. 9, 2005.