St. Peter's women leave Loyola feeling bumped, bruised, 53-47; 'Hounds defense falters, putting end to record year


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The omens were not promising for the Loyola women's basketball team even before halftime of yesterday's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinal.

The Greyhounds had played some outstanding defense against second seed St. Peter's, yet were straining to hold a lead. And, one of their male cheerleaders, Chris Duvall, had fallen on his head during a routine and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Then, matters turned worse. Senior Jina Mosley, a 1,000-point scorer at Loyola, popped a chronic dislocated shoulder and had to be removed from the game early in the second half and foul troubles started to mount.

St. Peter's finally located its offense, recovering from a 17-point first half to prevail, 53-47, and beat the Greyhounds for the third time this season.

Loyola coach Cindy Anderson said she wasn't comfortable with a 21-17 halftime lead because the Peahens had come from further behind at Loyola and never led in regulation but won in overtime, 67-59.

"We were trying to hype up the defense," said Anderson, "but [Patty] Marchese stepped up and beat us. She constantly does that for them."

Marchese, an All-MAAC second-team guard, made a jumper that pushed the Peahens in front for the first time, 28-27, and followed with another to culminate a 21-9 St. Peter's run that made it 44-36. Loyola's Jennifer Bongard fouled out seconds later and the Greyhounds never really got back into the game.

"We're a little more talented than 17 points in the first half," said the Peahens' Mike Granelli, the MAAC Coach of the Year. "But our defense held us in the game. It doesn't matter whether it's 21-17 or 40-36. Four points is four points.

"Then we finally got untracked at the midpoint of the second half. Even if you play ugly, it doesn't mean you can't win."

Shannon Cohen and Sherika Wilson also fouled out for the Greyhounds, whose seven-game winning streak ended. They finished with a 21-7 record and the most victories in school history.

St. Peter's (24-5), which has the best MAAC tournament record, now has a shot to win its seventh championship in tonight's final against Siena.

"We did a good job on their big players, but needed to move up a notch against the guards," said Cohen.

By the way, the cheerleader was just a little dizzy and returned to the team hotel. It was a day when a lot of bumps were too much.

LOYOLA -- Mosley 3-5 0-0 6, Bongard 2-6 2-2 6, Kirsch 5-9 1-3 11, Cooney 1-1 0-0 2, Hewitt 1-6 0-0 3, Cohen 2-5 5-8 9, Wilson 0-2 2-2 2, Peterkin 0-1 0-0 0, Slater 4-9 0-0 8. Totals 18-44 10-15 47.

ST. PETER'S -- Harris 2-5 2-5 6, Greene 2-10 3-4 7, Aghedo 2-5 1-5 5, Dames 3-5 1-2 7, Marchese 4-9 4-4 12, Porter 2-5 0-1 6, Carbone 0-1 0-0 0, Cromer 2-5 0-1 6, McDonough 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 17-46 17-29 53.

Halftime--Loyola 21-17. 3-point goals--LC 1-6 (Bongard 0-1, Hewitt 1-5); SP 2-12 (Harris 0-1, Greene 0-4, Marchese 0-1, Porter 2-5, McDonough 0-1). Fouled out--Bongard, Cohen, Wilson. Rebounds--LC 32 (Bongard 7, Kirsch 7, Slater 7); SP 30 (Aghedo 15). Assists--LC 15 (Bongard 3, Hewitt 3); SP 10 (Greene 3, Marchese 3). Total fouls--LC 24; SP 18.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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