Loyola women give St. Peter's a scare, come up short, 70-56

2nd seed's frontcourt ends No. 10 Hounds' MAAC party

March 02, 2002|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALBANY, N.Y. - One good run. That's about all that stood between the 10th-seeded Loyola women's basketball team and a stunning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament upset of second seed St. Peter's.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, such a spree was not forthcoming when the opportunity presented itself, early in the second half. As a result, the Hounds bowed out, 70-56, yesterday.

"We have a `no fear' approach," said Loyola coach Candy Cage, whose team lost to St. Peter's by eight and 38 points during the regular season. "We really believe every night we can win the game."

And well they might have, if the Greyhounds, who stayed within five points at halftime, could have mustered up some sustained scoring. But the best they could do was trade baskets with the bigger, more accurate Peahens, until long after the issue was settled.

"I just think that they [the Peahens] executed well," Loyola power forward Jennifer Mitchell said. "We were within a little bit of making that run, but they stepped up and made the stops when they had to."

Unlike Thursday's play-in win over No. 7 Niagara, the Hounds could not make up for the absence of center Katie Netherton, out with a broken hand.

The Hens muscled their way to a 21-11 lead, with junior center Tanesha Seaton providing 10 points from close range.

But Loyola chipped away, and by halftime, had closed to 29-24, thanks in part to three free throws by Lindsay Cobb, who was fouled as time expired.

But the Greyhounds couldn't come any closer.

They were still within 45-38 with 12:37 to play, after Mitchell cut through the lane and cashed in a pass from Amy Dessart Mager.

But St. Peter's scored the next nine points to put the game away.

"It was do or die," senior Lauria Slater said. "We gave it all we could."

Guard Shontrese Smith led the Hounds with 16 points, while Mitchell and Slater each had 12.

St. Peter's forward Felicia Harris topped all scorers with 21.

LOYOLA-Dessart Mager 0-0 3-4 3, Mitchell 4-10 4-4 12, Cobb 2-6 3-3 7, Smith 5-11 6-6 16, Slater 6-15 0-0 12, DeYoung 0-1 0-0 0, Sienkiewicz 0-1 0-0 0, Tomovich 0-0 0-0 0, Kelleher 1-1 0-0 2, Poole 2-3 0-2 4. Totals 20-48 16-19 56. ST. PETER'S-Willis 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 5-15 11-12 21, Seaton 8-11 1-1 17, Porter 1-6 0-0 2, Philip 2-4 0-0 4, Gonzalez 1-4 5-6 7, Barthold 1-4 0-0 2, McDonough 2-4 0-0 5, Quinonez 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Cushnie 0-0 0-0 0, Sears 3-5 4-4 10. Totals 24-56 21-23 70. Halftime-St. Peter's 29-24. 3-point goals-Loyola 0-4 (Slater 0-3, Cobb 0-1), St. Peter's 1-9 (McDonough 1-2, Harris 0-1, Seaton 0-1, Gonzalez 0-1, Porter 0-4). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Loyola 26 (Poole 5), St. Peter's 38 (Harris 9). Assists-Loyola 12 (Dessart Mager 5), St. Peter's 14 (Gonzalez 4). Total fouls-Loyola 17, St. Peter's 15.

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