Jan. 8, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Fairfield sophomore forward Baendu Lowenthal sunk a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining to finish with a game-high tying 14 points and provide the final margin of victory and a three-point attempt by Greyhounds senior guard Brittany Dunn hit the back iron at the final horn as the Stags collected a 57-54 MAAC victory over Loyola Monday night at Reitz Arena.
With the win, Fairfield pulled within a game of .500 on the season at 7-8 and pulled ahead of the Greyhounds in the conference standings with a 3-1 record. Loyola, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, fell back to .500 at 7-7 and 2-2 in MAAC play.
Loyola junior forward Meghan Wood pulled the Greyhounds within one at 55-54 on a layup with 55 seconds remaining and on the ensuing possession freshman forward Kaitlin Grant rebounded a miss by Fairfield's junior guard Sabra Wrice to give Loyola the ball with 36 seconds left.
Following a time out by Loyola head coach Joe Logan, a scramble under the basket resulted in a jump ball with the possession arrow favoring the Greyhounds. After the inbounds, junior center Vika Sholokhova grabbed a loose ball and attempted a shot that was rebounded by Lowenthal who was fouled.
After Lowenthal's successful free throws, Fairfield head coach Dianne Nolan used a time out to set the Stags defense and the Greyhounds worked the ball around the perimeter with the ball eventually reaching Dunn as time was expiring.
In the first half, Fairfield snapped a 14-14 tie by scoring 12 of the game's next 15 points on four three-pointers, two by junior guard Sabra Wrice and one each from sophomore guard Lauren Groom and senior guard Cara Murphy, to jump ahead 26-17 with 9:19 remaining.
Loyola answered with eight straight points of its own over the next three minutes to climb within one at 26-25 as senior guard Jill Glessner had a pair of baskets in between two free throws from Sholokhova and a steal and basket by Dunn.
After five first-half ties, Murphy finally sent the Stags to the locker room with the advantage at 35-32 on a three-pointer with two ticks remaining on the clock. Greyhounds junior forward Meghan Wood led all scorers at the half with nine points on 4-4 shooting from the floor. Fairfield was led by Wrice's eight points.
In addition to Lowenthal's 14 points, Wrice also scored 14 as the only Fairfield players in double figures. Freshman forward Stephanie Geehan had seven rebounds to lead the Stags in that category.
Three Greyhounds scored in double digits, led by Glessner's 14. Sholokhova grabbed nine rebounds to go along with her 12 points and Wood added 13 points.
The Greyhounds finished the game shooting 10 of 20 from the free-throw line, including just two-of-six inside the final 3:39 of the game.
Loyola is next on the road at Manhattan on Friday night for a 7:00 start.