Jan. 7, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Miriam McKenzie (19), Kara Marshall (18) and Katie Sheahin (17) all scored in double figures and head coach Joe Logan became the program's all-time winningest coach as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team topped Siena, 67-54, on the road Saturday afternoon in Loudonville, N.Y.
The win improved the Greyhounds to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, while Siena dropped to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the MAAC.
It was the 101st career win for Logan, who passed Patty Coyle for the most wins in Loyola women's basketball history. Logan was an assistant for Coyle prior to becoming head coach.
The Greyhound guards paced the offensive attack, with McKenzie tallying 19 points, seven rebounds and a season-high five assists. Marshall tied her career high with 18 points, while Sheahin registered her seventh-straight game in double figures with 17 points to go with two steals. The trio combined to shoot 22-of-40 from the field while hitting six 3-pointers.
Loyola defeated Siena for the fourth-straight game in the all-time series and won its sixth consecutive MAAC regular-season road contest.
Freshman Steph Smith made her first career start in the contest, playing a season-high 32 minutes while scoring four points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Siena was led by Lily Grenci who had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Greyhounds used a 19-3 run in the first half to build a 19-point lead and never looked back, holding a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
The stretch helped contribute to the best offensive first half the Greyhounds have had this season, scoring a season-high 36 points while shooting 53.3-percent from the field to take a 36-20 lead at the break.
McKenzie started the run, taking a pull-up jumper from 16 feet and draining it to give the Greyhounds a five point advantage at 17-12 at the 12:14 mark. McKenzie had four points in the run while Sheahin had seven and Marshall had five.
Marshall capped the stretch with a trey from the left wing off an assist from McKenzie. Marshall and Sheahin each knocked down three 3-pointers in the contest.
Loyola took advantage of Siena turnovers in the first half, converting nine Saints turnovers into 14 points.
"We shared the ball and we took care of the ball," said Logan. "We had 16 assists and 11 turnovers. That was key for us to get our offense going."
The Greyhounds kept the pressure on the Saints in the second half, stifling the Siena offense by mixing defenses between zone and man, while also attacking the Siena press.
Loyola pushed the lead to as many as 21 points following an old-fashioned three-point play by Kara Marshall with 11:21 remaining in the contest that put the score at 54-33. Marshall stole the ball from Cristina Centeno off a rebound and dished the ball off the Alyssa Sutherland who got it back to Marshall under the hoop for a tough left-handed layup while getting fouled.
Sutherland filled up the stat sheet with four points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal. Kathleen Excellent and Nicole Krusen were also strong off the bench. Excellent played in a season-high 14 minutes, scoring two points to go with an assist and one rebound.
Siena made a late run, cutting the deficit to 11 at 63-52 after an and-one by Grenci with just over a minute remaining in the game.
But Sheahin hit a pair of free throws and the Greyhounds got a stop and a breakaway layup by Marshall to seal the victory.
Loyola outshout Siena 48.2-percent to 36.2-percent in the contest while outscoring the Saints 10-0 in fastbreak points.
Loyola finishes its short two-game road stint with a noon game at Rider on Monday at noon.