Jan. 11, 2004
Loyola College shot 65.4 percent from the floor in the second half to defeat Siena College, 66-52, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Action this afternoon in Loudonville, N.Y. With the loss the Saints fell to an even 7-7 overall and 3-2 in MAAC play while the Greyhounds improved to 6-7 on the season and 2-2 in league action.
In a first half that saw six ties and four lead changes, the Saints (41.7%) outshot the Greyhounds (37.9%) from the floor, yet trailed at halftime by four points as Loyola entered the locker room with a 25-21 advantage.
Loyola grabbed the first lead of the half before Siena sprinted ahead and maintained an advantage for the next four minutes of play. After regaining the lead at the 14:55 mark on a jumper by Katie Scherle , the Greyounds remained ahead of the Green and Gold for the rest of the half, relinquishing that lead only for a brief one-point Siena advantage and two ties.
Scherle scored 12 of her eventual 16 points in the opening stanza. The two teams were never far behind each other as Loyola held no more than a six-point lead over the Saints at any given time and Siena never went ahead by more than two points.
The Saints spent the opening 12 minutes of the second half chasing the Greyhounds, grabbing a short-lived one point advantage at the 13:41 mark, but coming up short in their subsequent efforts to regain the lead.
With a pair of free throws earned from a foul that occurred on a Siena fast break, Katelyn Dooley tied the game up at the eight- minute mark, giving the Saints another opportunity at the go ahead. But the Greyhounds stifled their attempt and answered the next time down the court sinking the first basket of an 8-0 run that gave Loyola their biggest lead of the game at 52-44.
From then on it was all Loyola as the Greyhounds held at least a six-point advantage over Siena en route to their eventual 14-point win.
Each team had two players reach double figures as Liene Jansone tallied 14 points for Siena while pulling in a game-high 8 rebounds and Nathalie Marchino hit double digits, scoring 13 points. Scherle (16 points) and Lindsay Cobb (14 points), who shared game-high rebounding honors with Jansone, managed to reach double figures for Loyola.
Loyola finished the game shooting 50.9 percent from the floor while the Saints put up just 38.5 percent. The charity striped proved to be a road block for Siena as they went just 10-for-17 from the line.
The Saints will next head to New Rochelle, N.Y. to match up against Iona College on Wednesday, January 14, before they complete their road trip with a game against Manhattan on Friday, January 16.