Second-Half Surge Leads Women's Basketball Over Rider

Jan. 8, 2010


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BALTIMORE, Md. - In a game characterized by long, back-and-forth runs, the Loyola University women's basketball team went on one final run in the second half Friday morning, that led to a 64-50 win over Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Greyhounds (7-7, 2-1 MAAC) shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the second half, and dominated the final 10 minutes of play Friday, and remain unbeaten (3-0) at Reitz Arena.

Erica DiClemente and Katie Sheahin both turned in career-best performances, with DiClemente matching her career-best with 19 points and Sheahin posting career-highs in points (12) and assists (four). Miriam McKenzie's 11 boards also tied her top mark.

Kaitlin Grant had 12 points and a game-leading seven steals.

Rider's Caitlin Bopp tied DiClemente with a game-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Broncs (2-12, 0-3 MAAC). Carleigh Brown scored nine and added in nine boards.

Loyola held Rider's leading scorer, Amanda Sepulveda, scoreless until the final 37 seconds of play, when the point guard swished a three-pointer.

Although the Broncs were out-shooting Greyhounds for much of the game, Rider's 26 turnovers proved to be a key factor. Loyola scored 25 points off turnovers and had a season-high 16 steals. There were just two Rider players that did not turn the ball over multiple times with Steph Wisniewski being the only Bronc without a turnover.

The two teams took turns holding one another scoreless for long stretches throughout the game, with Loyola going on the first and the final runs.

The `Hounds took the lead at the onset. A spinning hook at the low post by Grant helped the Greyhounds jump out to an early 9-2 lead. DiClemente pushed the score to 11-2 with a shot from under the basket.

But Loyola then went 0-for-12 and the Broncs crept up to tie at 11-11.

Loyola was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes as the Broncs went on a 15-0 run. DiClemente finally broke the scoreless streak with a long jumper from the top of the key, sparking a 9-0 rally with just 1:40 left to go.

However, Rider nearly matched that run with under a minute to play and closed out the half with a slim 27-26 lead.

After going shot-for-shot at the start of the second half, the `Hounds broke through with a 10-point lead eight minutes into the period. Bopp ended a three-minute scoreless stretch for the Broncs with a short jumper from the paint.

Twice, Bopp cut the Greyhounds lead to eight points. But with Loyola up 51-43, Alyssa Sutherland netted a three and Grant put in two free throws. Bopp and Brown tried to chip away at the lead but nine points would be the closest Rider would get.

Up 56-47, Meredith Tolley started the final, decisive run with a long three, just under the two minute mark.