Early Run Lifts No. 25 Marist Over Women's Basketball

Jan. 11, 2009

Box Score

BALTIMORE - Four players scored in double-figures for 25th-ranked Marist, and the Red Foxes held Loyola to 28.6-percent from the field in an 86-44 victory Sunday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play in Reitz Arena.

Marist's Rachele Fitz made 12-of-16 shots and finished with a game-high 27 points.

"Marist is an extremely talented team," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We have played some very good teams this year in Maryland, South Florida and George Washington, and Marist is right there with them, if not better."

After Loyola (8-7 overall, 3-2 MAAC) jumped to a modest 5-4 lead in the early going- all points coming courtesy of Meredith Tolley, the Red Foxes made their charge.

Marist (15-1 overall, 6-0 MAAC) went on a 25-3 run over the next nine minutes to take a 29-8 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half.

Fitz, the reigning MAAC Player of the Year and nation's ninth-leading scorer, fueled the stretch with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, most of her buckets coming in the paint.

A Tolley jump shot brought Loyola within 36-20, but Marist closed out the half with a 13-3 run to take a 49-23 lead into halftime.

The duo of Fitz and Julianne Viani kept the momentum in Marist's favor in the second half, as the Foxes opened up on a 12-4 run to stretch the lead to 61-27.

Viani hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for six of her 15 team's points, while Fitz knocked down a pair of elbow jumpers and added a putback in the lane during the run.

Tolley and Alex Berlin each scored nine to lead the Greyhounds, and Tolley led the team with seven rebounds.

Kaitlin Grant chipped in with six points and four rebounds, while Melissa Bangay matched her career-high for the second game in a row with eight points.

Brandy Gang had 14 points, and Corielle Yarde scored 12 to go with eight boards.