Jan. 2, 2016
BALTIMORE - Senior Colleen Marshall's layup off an inbound pass from graduate student Steph Smith with one second remaining sent the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team past Lafayette, 66-65, Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Marshall led the Greyhounds (5-8, 2-0 Patriot League) with a game-high 22 points, while sophomore Bri Betz-White tacked on 13. Junior Lisa Mirarchi tied a career-high eight assists and senior Jeneh Perry led Loyola with seven rebounds.
Lafayette (2-10, 0-2) got out to a hot start, knocking down its first four shots. The Leopards then added a pair of free throws to pull ahead 12-2, with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter.
Mirarchi's layup at 5:45 sparked a 15-4 run that saw the Greyhounds close out the first quarter with a 17-16 advantage.
Loyola continued on its run, outscoring Lafayette 24-17 in the second quarter to take a 41-33 lead into halftime.
The Greyhounds extended their lead to 11, 53-42, with 4:29 to play in the third quarter, before Lafayette put together its comeback attempt. The Leopards went on a 17-6 run over the next 10 minutes to tie the game at 59-59.
Betz-White took control of the lead on the ensuing possession to push Loyola ahead, 61-59.
The final three and a half minutes were a battle, as the two teams went back-and-forth, knotting the score on three separate occasions.
With the score tied 64-64 and two seconds remaining in regulation, Lafayette's Jamie O'Hare knocked down her second of two free-throw attempts to give the Leopards a one-point advantage, 65-64.
Head coach Joe Logan called a timeout following Lafayette's charity-stripe activity and advanced the ball to the Greyhounds' offensive half of the court. During the 30-second break, Logan drew up a play for Smith and Marshall, which the two executed and provided the points necessary to defeat the Leopards.
Defensively, Loyola held a 10-4 advantage in steals. The Greyhounds also forced Lafayette to commit 16 turnovers, scoring 16 points off the Leopards' misfortunes.
With the win, the Greyhounds start Patriot League play 2-0 for the first time in program history.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to Lehigh. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.