BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team used perimeter shooting and a strong defensive presence to hand Lehigh University its first Patriot League loss of the season, 64-52, Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
Junior Diana Logan led the Greyhounds with a career-high 20 points.
Lehigh (11-3 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) entered the contest as the leading Patriot League women's basketball program in 3-point field goal percentage. The Mountain Hawks were shooting 37 percent from behind the arc, but Loyola held Lehigh to only one trey in 14 attempts.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, as the lead changed nine times, and neither team led by more than four points, until freshman Bri Betz-White sparked a 10-0 run with 2:20 remaining in the first half.
The run, which included two treys and a pair of layups, solidified the Greyhounds' halftime lead, 33-24.
Although Lehigh used three-straight layups to pull within as few as five, 37-32, just six minutes into the second half, the Greyhounds quickly regained their double-digit lead with nine-unanswered points to pull ahead, 46-32.
Lehigh pulled within eight on two more occasions, but each time Loyola responded with a 3-point field goal to maintain a 10-plus point lead.
With just under six minutes to play, Lehigh pulled within eight for a third time, 50-42, but sophomore Lauren Daugherty took a clean bounce pass from Colleen Marshall to extend Loyola's lead back to 10, 52-42, making that the closest the Mountain Hawks would come for the remainder of the contest.
The junior guard and her classmate, Logan, then connected on back-to-back 3-point field goals before Daugherty would use the same pass she received from Marshall to give Loyola its largest lead of the contest, 60-44.
For the game, Marshall chipped in 11 points to record 10-plus points in her fourth-straight contest against Patriot League opponents.
Defensively, the Greyhounds shined for a second-straight game, as they continued to capitalize on their opponents' ball-handling misfortunes, outscoring the Mountain Hawks, 20-13 in points off turnovers. In addition, the Greyhounds recorded nine steals to the Mountain Hawks' three and took better care of the ball, forcing 20 Lehigh turnovers, while only committing 15.
In addition, behind Logan's team-best 20 points, Loyola's bench outscored Lehigh's, 26-4.
For the Mountain Hawks, Katie O'Reilly had a game-high 21 points.
Loyola (4-11, 2-2) will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts Lafayette for Field Trip Day at 11:30 a.m.