Jan. 16, 2009
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Meredith Tolley scored a career-high 24 points, and fellow post player Kaitlin Grant tied an 18-year old school steals record, but Loyola shot just 29.8-percent from the field and lost, 62-47, at Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action Friday night.
Tolley made 9-of-17 shots, 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and topped her previous career best by four, but as she scored more than half of Loyola's points, it was not enough.
"We are getting some good looks, but we need to start to convert some of them," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We are taking good shots, but we missed several layups, and we have to make sure that when we get a good shot, we knock it down."
Rider (5-12 overall, 2-4 MAAC), which has now won three straight, jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first half, 24-11, on an Alyssa Parsons' 3-pointer with 5:46 to play before the break, but the Greyhounds (8-8, 3-3) cut it to six, 26-20 at the half by scoring the last five points before the break.
The Broncs continued to lead in the second half, but Loyola cut it to a two-point game, 43-41, after a Tammy Meyers turnover and Ashley Alexander layup with 5:40 to play.
Rider committed 26 turnovers, the most a team has had against the Greyhounds this year, but Loyola converted them into just 21 points off turnovers.
Grant had eight steals, tying the single-game school record set on December 28, 1990, by Kiah Stokes at William & Mary. It was the most steals any Loyola women's player has had in a MAAC game.
After Alexander, who had 10 points, cut the Broncs' lead to two, Danielle Constantino scored her only points of the game with a 12-foot short-corner jumper to put Rider back up six.
Meyers then hit a 3-pointer from the right side to put the Broncs ahead 48-41 with 4:23 to go.
Tolley made a pair of free throws on Loyola's next possession, but Amanda Sepulveda made a 3-pointer from the left corner, and Meyers converted on a layup with 1:50 left, giving Rider a 55-43 advantage.
Meyers scored 22 to lead Rider, and Sepulveda had 18. Shaunice Parker led all players with 13 rebounds, as the Broncs had a 45-26 rebounding edge.
Loyola finished with a season-high 12 steals and its second-lowest turnover mark of the year with 13.
Tolley topped the team with nine rebounds, and Grant pulled down five boards.
Loyola is back in action on Sunday, January 18, 2009, when it travels to Jersey City, N.J., for a 2 p.m. game at Saint Peter's.