Rutgers presses point, beats Loyola women, 78-61

January 12, 1994|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Staff Writer

Rutgers women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz taught Loyola coach Pat Coyle quite a bit while Coyle was playing and coaching for Grentz in the 1980s.

But Grentz apparently kept enough secrets from her protege to keep the upper hand in the building rivalry between the two schools, as Rutgers claimed a 78-61 win over the Greyhounds last night at Reitz Arena.

In truth, the factors that led to the Scarlet Knights' victory are hardly anything that a teacher would keep from a basketball pupil.

Rutgers, co-favorite in the Atlantic 10 with George Washington, used a pronounced height advantage and a relentless second-half press to break out of a halftime tie and coast.

"The press bothered them a little bit and that allowed us to get some easy baskets and we were able to stretch things out," said Grentz, the 1992 Olympic women's basketball coach.

Out of the dressing room, Grentz chose to put on a press that forced 14 Loyola turnovers in the half and boosted Rutgers on an 18-4 run.

"Their press really shook us and rattled us," said Loyola forward Patty Stoffey, who had a game-high 25 points. "In the first half, we were more calm, but after halftime, we just got all shook up."

Said Coyle: "I said at halftime that we were in good shape, but we had

only played 20 minutes. The game is 40 minutes. Rutgers did a heck of a job in their pressure. Instead of responding, we fell back."

The Knights, who featured three starters over 6 feet, out-rebounded Loyola (3-7) 51-39 overall and 23-11 on the offensively. Rutgers repeatedly got two and three chances to score, offsetting their 39 percent shooting performance.

"We didn't shoot the ball real well, but they kept going after it until they could get it in," Grentz said.

Nonetheless, the Greyhounds were particularly sharp in the first nine minutes of the game, as they consistently beat the Knights down the floor. Grentz praised Coyle, the all-time leader in games played at Rutgers, and the most valuable player in the Knights' win over Texas in the national championship game.

"She [Coyle] certainly knows how it's done," said Grentz, who has won 429 games in 19 seasons.

Loyola moved the ball crisply around the perimeter in the first half, even as the Knights clogged the inside. Stoffey got free for three lay-ins and Coleen Colsher made two three-pointers within a minute to help the Greyhounds lead 21-12 with 11:40 left in the half.

But the Knights regrouped, thanks largely to reserve forward Regina Kalucki, who scored eight in the half, mostly on short jumpers over the heads of the shorter Loyola defenders.

Meanwhile, the Greyhounds were wearing down on offense and went

nearly seven minutes and 10 possessions without a basket, as the Knights reeled off 12 straight points to take a 24-21 lead with 7:25 left.

Camille Joyner's steal and layup with 4:56 left in the half seemed to light a fire under the Greyhounds, as they allowed Rutgers just two baskets for the rest of the half.

RUTGERS -- DeRoose 4-12 3-4 13, Williams 4-9 3-3 11, Gonzalez 4-10 0-0 8, Reynders 3-10 4-7 10, Hanson 7-13 2-3 18, Kalucki 4-12 0-0 8, Polini 1-2 4-6 6, Hartman 0-1 4-6 4, Alexander 0-1 0-0 0, Monday 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-71 20-29 78.

LOYOLA -- Stoffey 8-18 9-10 25, Joyner 4-8 0-1 8, Albert 1-4 0-0 2, Colsher 2-6 0-0 6, Thompson 3-9 0-0 8, Taylor 1-5 2-4 4, Gerdich 2-6 2-2 6, Abbot 0-0 0-0 0, Przystup 0-0 0-0 0, Auer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-57 13-17 61.

Halftime--tied at 33. 3-point goals--R 4-9 (Hanson 2-2, DeRoose 2-6, Polini 0-1); L 4-9 (Colsher 2-4, Thompson 2-4, Albert 0-1). Rebounds--R 51 (Williams 12); L 39 (Joyner 10). Assists--R 13 (DeRoose 5); L 13 (Colsher 6). Total fouls--R 19, L 21. Fouled out--Albert. Technicals--none. A--218.

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