BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team was unable to hold on to its lead against Lafayette College Wednesday afternoon, as the Greyhounds fell to the Leopards, 57-49, on Field Trip Day in Reitz Arena.
Bri Betz-White led Loyola (4-12, 2-3 Patriot League) with 15 points and Colleen Marshall added 14. The duo, in addition to Lauren Daugherty, shared the team lead with five rebounds, while Steph Smith shared a game-high of five assists.
In the first half, the Greyhounds shot an impressive 46.2 percent from the field, while the Leopards only connected on eight of 27 field goals.
Lafayette's Maddie Peabody and Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby gave the Leopards their largest and only lead in the first stanza, 5-2, before Marshall sparked a 19-3 run on a 3-point field goal with 16:05 remaining in the first half.
Loyola's eight-minute run included treys by Marshall, Betz-White and junior Nai Brown. Following the run, sophomore Lisa Mirarchi connected on the team's fourth 3-point field goal, giving the Greyhounds their largest lead of the contest, 27-13, with 4:15 left in the first half.
Lafayette closed out the half scoring 10 of the last 12 points to pull within six, 29-23, entering the locker room.
In the first half, Loyola scored 13 points off the Leopards' eight turnovers. Loyola came out of the locker room hot, scoring the first eight points of the second half, but Lafayette slowly chipped away at Loyola's lead. The Leopards used an 18-2 run to take their first lead of the contest, 44-42, since opening the matchup at tipoff.
With just over five minutes remaining, Marshall and Smith tied the score in back-to-back possessions, as the Greyhounds would not let the Leopards take the lead for nearly three minutes. Both teams were knotted at 47-47 before Lafayette went on to score 10 of the last 12 points of the contest. The Leopards shot 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to close out the game.
For Lafayette (10-6, 3-2), Emily Homan recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Boston University for a 2 p.m., tipoff.