Loyola women get first victory

December 30, 1993|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- December has been rough for the Loyola women's basketball team, and no one knows that better than their coach, Pat Coyle.

The Greyhounds have worked hard in practices and played hard games, usually finding themselves overmatched against opponents like Purdue and Pittsburgh from more prominent conferences.

Four weeks of Loyola frustration ended last night with an 84-48 drubbing of UMES in the consolation game of the Dial Soap Classic at the University of Maryland.

"You're 0-6 before this game and how do you tell your kids that they've done well?," said Coyle. "But they have played well. I think they've tried too hard, but I appreciated it. I'm pleased with their effort and I need to get that across."

The Greyhounds (1-6), who lost 82-57 to Washington on Tuesday night, were not exactly crisp, but with junior forward Patty Stoffey's brilliance, they hardly needed to be.

Stoffey had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to power Loyola past the Hawks (0-6), who looked dispirited and, at times, disinterested, committing 38 turnovers.

"Everybody knows that Stof is our go-to player and I'm sure she feels some heat and I can feel it for her," said Coyle. "But she never complains and she always works."

Indeed, Stoffey worked her magic, especially on the receiving end of a lob pass, which she repeated caught in traffic and turned into either a basket or a free-throw opportunity.

"I thought I was open most of the time when I caught that pass and I was surprised when there was someone there, but it worked out," said Stoffey. "With 10 minutes left, I think we started to feel things were going our way. We were all excited. We wanted this win badly."

The Greyhounds, perhaps feeling the residual effects of Tuesday's game, where they led 10-0 in the first four minutes, then were swamped by the Washington defense, came out listless, trailing 8-2, before launching a 16-0 run to take the lead for good.

The Hawks drew to within 10 early in the second half, but Loyola ran off 10 more unanswered points to settle the contest.

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