Feb. 16, 2002
BALTIMORE, MD - Katie Netherton recorded a "double-double" with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Loyola defeated first-ranked Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent (MAAC) Siena, 63-51, and broke the Saints 19-game winning streak Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds (11-13, 4-10) made a late 17-10 run in the final nine minutes of the first half, sparked by Lindsay Cobb's three-pointer, to tie the game at 24 apiece heading into the locker rooms. Siena regained the lead in the first two minutes of the second half, but it was cut short by a Jennifer Mitchell layup which gave the Greyhounds a 29-28 advantage at 17:53. The Greyhounds then controlled the lead for the rest of the game by at least 10 points until the final 6-0 run in the last 48 seconds as they secured a 12-point victory on clutch free-throw shooting by Mitchell.
Loyola held Siena's top shooter and rebounder Gunta Basko to just four points and four rebounds. The Greyhounds shot 37 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the foul line as they avenged an 84-66 defeat to the Saints Jan. 21 at the Pepsi Arena. Netherton shot 11-for-13 from the charity stripe and 5-for-10 from the field. Jennifer Mitchell, who is currently ranked sixth in the nation in free-throw percentage, shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and scored 14 points. Lindsay Cobb had eight points and five rebounds, while Laura Slater contributed seven points and four steals.
This is the Saints' first loss in MAAC play and broke their 19-game winning streak. One more victory would have set a school's record for most consecutive wins in a season. Siena ( 19-4, 14-1 MAAC) shot just 34 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line. Liene Jansone led the Saints with 20 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Chrissy Loeliger had 12 points, while Erica Anderson contributed nine.
Siena concludes a two-game road trip at Manhattan on Monday at 7:00 p.m.