Jan. 10, 2005
Baltimore, Md.-- Loyola College women's basketball starters combined for 56 points, matching the Saints final score, and were led by junior Katie Scherle with 14 points improving the Greyhounds record to 4-9 (3-1) at Reitz Arena Friday evening.
The loss spoiled another fine effort by junior forward Whitney Cave who registered her career first double-double with 12 points and a team high 10 rebounds. The loss drops the Saints to 4-9, 1-3 in league play.
Laura Menty finished with a game high 19 points; Dooley finished with 11 points, her seventh double digit finish.
In the first half, Loyola opened the contest on a 6-0 run before sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley drove in the paint to score the first basket for the Saints. Both teams exchanged shots with Loyola's run ignited with four plays by Krystle Harrington only to score a lay-up; the Saints defense snapped the attempted streak putting together a 6-0 run to get within two points, 12-10 with 13:04 left to battle.
Off an inside pass, forward Naimah Abdullah tied the game at 14 at the 10:47 mark with a drive straight through the Greyhounds defense to get the easy lay-up. For a period of 4:08 no team scored until Dooley connected on a lay-up and then dished a pass to Menty to kindle an 8-0 run by the Saints, which included a circus shot behind the board for senior tri-captain Lauren Surber. The Greyhounds went on a 9-2 shooting streak to be ahead by two points at the break.
The first free throw attempts came when Talaya Wilkins fouled Keri-Lynn Orsini to put the guard on the line for the first free throws attempts of the game at the 3:29 mark.
The second half saw the score tied four times and four lead changes. Loyola took the lead for the final time on a left-handed lay-up by Meghan Wood with 10:09 left to play. The Saints trailed 59-47 with 2:53 left in regulation and would not get closer than eight points down the stretch.
Loyola scored 13 second half points on second chance opportunities and snared 15 offensive caroms in the game. The Greyhounds, with only one player averaging double-figures entering the game, got double-digit scoring from five different players.
The Saints were out-rebounded 42-37, but held a 7-5 advantage in steals and committed two turnovers less than the Greyhounds, 12-14. The Greyhounds also made 21 trips to the charity stripe with 17 in the second half and eight attempted with :39 contest.
Next up for the Saints, the Peahens of St. Peter's on Friday at 7:30 p.m.