BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh University shot 43 percent from the field to top Loyola University Maryland women's basketball, 66-48, Wednesday night in Stabler Arena.
Despite trailing by only three points, 15-12, at the end of the first quarter, Loyola (5-9 overall, 2-1 Patriot League) was held to only one point in the first eight minutes of the second frame. During that time, Lehigh (9-5, 2-1) outscored the Greyhounds 11-1, extending the Mountain Hawks’ lead to 13, 26-13, with 2:27 left to play in the second quarter.
With two minutes remaining in the frame, freshman Courtney Vannoy came off the bench and sparked an 8-0 run to pull Loyola within five, 26-21, at the end of the second quarter.
Loyola came back from the break still in shooting form, scoring nine of the first 13 points of the third quarter, including a pair of free throws by sophomore Bri Betz-White, to knot the score at 30 with just under seven minutes left in the frame.
Lehigh responded to the Greyhounds’ comeback and used a 13-1 run to lead by double digits, 43-31, with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Senior Diana Logan closed out the frame by pulling Loyola within single digits on two occasions, but Lehigh maintained its lead and outscored Loyola, 18-11, in the fourth quarter to hand the Greyhounds their first Patriot League loss of the season.
Defensively, the Greyhounds held a 13-5 advantage in steals. Loyola also took better care of the ball, committing only 15 turnovers to Lehigh’s 23.
The Mountain Hawks had three players in double figures – Lexi Martins, Kerry Kinek and Quinci Mann – and were led by Martins’ double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds.
Loyola returns to action Saturday when the Greyhounds travel to Army West Point at 1 p.m.