Marist tops Loyola in title game

Red Foxes hold off Greyhounds' rally

College basketball

MAAC women

Marist 68 Loyola 57

March 06, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Despite 21 points from Brittany Dunn, Loyola could not overcome a strong first-half shooting performance by Marist as the Red Foxes earned an NCAA bid with a 68-57 victory in the women's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title game at Pepsi Arena yesterday.

Dunn, who was named to the all-tournament team, made eight of 15 shots from the field and all three free throws in leading Loyola's second-half comeback.

Marist (23-6) led by 16 at halftime and by 26 at one point in the second half, but the Greyhounds rallied to cut the deficit to 61-57 on a jumper by senior Jackie Valderas with 2:03 remaining.

The Greyhounds held the Red Foxes scoreless for nearly five minutes, but Marist converted seven of eight free throws in the final minute to secure its second MAAC title in three years.

The Greyhounds (20-10) ended the season with their most wins since the 1998-99 season and appeared in the MAAC final for the first time in eight years.

LOYOLA-Troupe 1-7 0-0 2, Valderas 4-8 3-3 11, Harrington 2-17 3-4 9, Glassner 2-7 2-3 6, Dunn 8-15 3-3 21, Toliver 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 1-3 0-2 2, Scherle 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 20-62 13-17 57. MARIST-Camara 4-9 2-2 10, Dahlman 5-15 4-5 15, Kresge 1-4 4-4 7, Viani 2-6 1-4 7, Vilardi 1-5 1-2 3, Flores 2-5 8-10 14, Kolesar 2-2 0-0 6, Smrdel 1-4 4-6 6. Totals 18-52 24-33 68. Halftime-Marist, 41-25. 3-point goals-Loyola 4-9 (Valderas 0-1, Harrington 2-5, Dunn 2-3); Marist 8-15 (Dahlman 1-3, Kresge 1-3, Viani 2-3, Vilardi 0-1, Flores 2-3, Kolesar 2-2). Fouled out-Dunn. Rebounds-Loyola 37 (Glessner 9); Marist 48 (Smrdel 13). Assists-Loyola 6 (Glessner 3); Marist 12 (Kresge 6). Total fouls-Loyola 25; Marist 16. A-2,648.

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