WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite outscoring American University in the second half, the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team fell to the Eagles, 62-50, on Wednesday evening in Bender Arena.
Junior Colleen Marshall led Loyola (3-11 overall, 1-2 Patriot League) for the second-straight contest with 15 points, while freshman Bri Betz-White chipped in 10. Junior Jeneh Perry grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
American (8-6, 3-0) held Loyola to only two points in the first six minutes of the matchup, scoring six of the first eight points. Sophomore Lauren Daugherty put the Greyhounds back on the board, 6-4, but the Eagles went on to score 15-unanswered points over the next three and a half minutes to extend their lead to 21-4, with 10:47 remaining in the first half.
The Eagles led by as much as 20 points in the first half, but Loyola scored 12 of the last 16 points to end the first half down 34-18.
American, who entered Wednesday's matchup as the third-best Patriot League team from 3-point field goal range, was held to only three treys throughout the contest, all of which were scored in the first half. Loyola's defense added pressure to the perimeter, and the Eagles scored 40 of their 62 total game points in the paint.
Loyola pulled within single-digits on three occasions in the second half, trailing by as few as eight, 52-44, on a Betz-White free throw with 5:10 remaining in the second half. American was too much for the Greyhounds though, as the Eagles went on to score 12 of the game's last 16 points.
The Patriot League's Lids Team Sports Player of the Week, Jen Dumiak, scored a game-best 17 points and tacked on nine assists.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Saturday to host Lehigh University at 2 p.m.