Stoffey's 30 pace Loyola women

November 29, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

When Loyola struggled early, it went to Patty Stoffey.

Trailing for the first time, the Greyhounds looked for Stoffey, who scored 11 points in a decisive 15-5 run late in the first half as Loyola regained the lead and never stumbled again. Stoffey finished with a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-49 JTC victory over Towson State at the Towson Center last night.

"In the big situations, we go to her," said Coleen Colsher, the Greyhounds' point guard. "She's a player you can always depend on."

After that run with 2:18 left in the first half, Towson State got only as close as eight points for the rest of the game.

"We knew to remain calm when it was close," said Stoffey, one of four returning starters from last year's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion. "We've been through this before."

Loyola, which is 2-0 for the first time in 16 seasons, beat the Tigers for the second time in 12 meetings.

"Last year, I went out there thinking score, score, score," said Stoffey, who scored 30 or more points for the 10th time in just over two seasons. "Now I don't have to think that way. We have some others who help out."

Loyola's Camille Joyner contributed 21 points and 10 rebounds, but Stoffey was needed to spark the surges.

Besides that opening run, she scored seven points to ignite a 20-8 run that widened the margin to 64-42 midway through the second half.

Stoffey, who moved into seventh place on the all-time state scoring list, hit her first nine shots and finished 11 of 13 from the field. Without Stoffey, the Greyhounds shot 41 percent.

While Stoffey carried most of the offensive load, the Loyola team defense shut down the perimeter-shooting Tigers.

Towson State (1-1) shot 35 percent and had several scoring droughts. Towson State made only two field goals in the final 11:52.

"Loyola had a lot more team chemistry out there," Towson State coach Ellen Fitzkee said. "I saw some good things out there, but we weren't consistent."

Towson State maintained some offensive composure early and took a 21-19 lead with 5:47 left in the first on the second of two three-pointers by freshman Courtney Baugh. However the lead lasted only 16 seconds, until Stoffey hit a fast-break layup.

The Greyhounds never trailed again and had a 20-point lead for most of the final 10 minutes of the game.

LOYOLA -- Joyner 9-13 3-5 21, Stoffey 11-13 8-10 30, Taylor 1-4 6-8 8, Colsher 0-4 0-0 0, Abbott 1-3 0-0 2, Albert 4-6 0-1 8, Bryce 0-0 0-2 0, Przystup 1-4 0-0 2, Stuewe 1-6 0-0 2, Gerdich 0-1 0-0 0, Moody 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-54 17-26 73.

TOWSON STATE -- Belair 3-4 2-3 8, Keiner 2-7 0-0 5, Schaffrick 0-2 2-4 2, Joyner 6-12 2-8 14, Eberhart 0-5 2-2 2, Castaldi 1-3 0-0 2, Herzog 1-3 0-0 2, Jensen 2-5 0-0 4, Baugh 2-6 0-0 6, Norman 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 18-51 10-20 49.

Halftime--Loyola, 36-25. 3-point goals--L 0-6 (Albert 0-1, Colsher 0-2, Abbott 0-3); TS 3-15 (Baugh 2-6, Keiner 1-3, Jensen 0-1, Herzog 0-2, Eberhart 0-3.) Fouled out--None. Rebounds--L 45 (Joyner, Stoffey 10); TS 33 (Castaldi 5.) Assists--L 21 (Colsher 8); TS 12 (Eberhart 4.) Total fouls--L 15, TS 19. A--200.

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