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Delaware Tops Women's Basketball, 54-25
Dec. 14, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - Delaware held Loyola to just 25 points, tying the second lowest score in school history, en route to a 54-25 victory at Reitz Arena Sunday afternoon. The Greyhounds fell to 3-4 on the season while the Fighting Blue Hens improved to 7-1 overall.
The Blue Hens opened the game with a six point run before senior Lindsay Cobb nailed a three-point basket at 16:11. Delaware would not allow Loyola to score again for almost eight minutes, going on a ten point run for a 16-3 lead at 9:36. Lauren Troupe ended the scoring drought for Loyola with her layup at 8:34. Delaware went on another run, this time for eight points in just under eight minutes before Katie Scherle scored Loyola's third basket for a 24-7 score with 53 seconds remaining. Tyressa Smith added one more shot for Delaware with 35 seconds remaining to close the half at 26-7 for a 19 point lead.
The second half was more of the same with Loyola not reaching double-digits until 10:28 on a pair of free-throws from Scherle at 10:28 for a 33-11 score. Delaware continued to pound away and led by as much as 33 points with 1:30 remaining on a layup by Smith. Brittany Dunn and Krystle Harrington brought the deficit down to 29 for a 54-25 final score.
Loyola scored just seven points in the first half to tie the lowest halftime score ever. It tied a record set on March 1, 1974 against Maryland and on December 9, 1995 against the University of Connecticut. The lowest score ever for the Greyhounds was 22 points against UConn in 1995 but Sunday's effort tied the December 5, 1987 effort against Delaware.
Loyola shot just 20% from the field overall, 13.6% in the first half while Delaware was 46.5% from the field. The Blue Hens out-rebounded the Greyhounds 46-29 but the Greyhounds committed just 22 turnovers to Delaware's 26.
Delaware was led by Tiffany Young with 12 points and Smith with 10 off the bench. Young, Tiara Malcom and Smith each pulled down seven rebounds for a game-high.
Loyola was led by Scherle with eight points and Troupe with six points and five rebounds. Harrington recorded seven steals on the day.
The Greyhounds will have almost a full week break for finals before traveling to Georgetown on December 20.