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Pair of records broken in Loyola win

By: Amanda Ghysel

Junior Nicole Krusen broke a school record by sinking seven three-pointers in Loyola's victory over Manhattan.

Junior Nicole Krusen broke a school record by sinking seven three-pointers in Loyola’s victory over Manhattan.

A pair of records fell Friday night in Reitz Arena as the Greyhounds handily defeated the Manhattan Jaspers 54-34. The team broke a single-game program record, snatching up 58 rebounds, beating the previous record of 56 from 2009 and junior Nicole Krusen sunk seven three-pointers, downing the record of six set by Meredith Tolley against Navy in 2009.

“My teammates did a great job finding me,” said Krusen of her scoring spectacle. “I knew Meredith Tolley held the record but I wasn’t keeping track.”

Though Manhattan (6-18, 3-10 MAAC) scored first, senior Katie Sheahin would make a shot from the field and sink a free throw to put the Greyhounds on top 3-2, a lead they would never lose. The Hounds led by as much as 10 in the early part of the first frame after sophomore Nai Brown made her first three-pointer of the night, putting the Greyhounds up 15-5. The Jaspers would answer with 6-0 run, however, narrowing the Hounds’ lead to four. But two of Krusen’s threes would come late in the first half, and the Greyhounds would go to the locker room with a comfortable 24-15 lead.

Krusen picked up right where she left off, dropping two from behind the arc in the early moments of the second half. Brown would add her second three-pointer of the evening, as the Greyhounds scored nine points in the first 1:30 of the frame. The remainder of the game was more of the same, as the Hounds continued to pick up rebounds at both ends, coming up with big stops on defense, and continuing to connect on offense. The Greyhounds’ largest lead came after Brown hit a shot from the field, giving Loyola a 46-22 advantage.

Though the Jaspers outscored Loyola 12-8 in the last moments of play, the Greyhounds would hang on to serve Manhattan a 54-34 defeat, after losing to the Jaspers 62-50 earlier in the season at Draddy Gymasium.

“We made shots tonight,” said Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan of what made the difference this time around. “We defensively did a better job and we rebounded the basketball.”

Eleven Greyhounds saw playing time Friday night, with eight recording points. Nicole Krusen’s seven three-pointers earned her a game-high and a career-high 21 points, while Nai Brown picked up 10, a career-high for her as well.

With the win, the Greyhounds move to 5-8 in conference, as they enter into the waning weeks of the season. Loyola travels to Rider on Sunday to take on the Broncs, and will return to Reitz Arena next Sunday for a 4 p.m. tip against conference-leader Marist on Women in Sports Day.

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