Jan. 16, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team battled back from a halftime deficit against Iona by outscoring the Gaels 27-14 in the second half to earn a 57-46 win in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Sunday.
Loyola improves to 8-9 overall with the win and 5-1 in the MAAC, while Iona moves to 5-13 and slides to 1-5 in conference play.
Miriam McKenzie led Loyola with 15 points while Meredith Tolley added 12 and Nicole Krusen chipped in with 11. The Greyhounds held Iona to 17.2 percent shooting from the floor in the second half after the Gaels shot 42.3 percent in the first.
Loyola also enjoyed an advantage on the glass, outrebounding Iona 40-33. Every Greyhound that entered the game grabbed at least two rebounds, while Tolley led the charge by collecting eight boards. McKenzie added seven and Katie Sheahin hauled in six.
The Greyhounds trailed by seven points at the half and erased the deficit thanks to a 16-5 run in the final 8:46.
Down 32-25 at halftime, Loyola entered the second half aiming to regain a lead. Iona's leading scorer Kristina Ford picked up her fourth foul early in the stanza, sending her to the bench and allowing the Greyhounds to chip away at Iona's advantage.
The Greyhounds worked hard on both ends to narrow the gap, and Nicole Krusen drained a three with 11:38 left to pull within four at 41-37, followed by a Meredith Tolley layup to make the score 41-39. Loyola completed the comeback with a pair of Miriam McKenzie free throws that evened the score, 41-41.
The teams swapped baskets before a media timeout at 7:04 halted action with the game tied up, 43-43. Loyola re-took the lead after Candice Walker received an outlet pass from McKenzie and converted the fastbreak layup. Sheahin added another fastbreak score to push Loyola's advantage to 47-43.
Meredith Tolley launched a three-point dagger with four and a half minutes remaining to finish a nine-point run that extended Loyola's lead, 50-43.
The Greyhounds clung to a six-point lead as the half wound down until Iona fouls repeatedly sent Loyola to the line as the clock wound down. Loyola took advantage of the free throws, beefing up to a nine-point lead in the final minute.
Alyssa Sutherland iced the win with a layup and Loyola emerged victorious, 57-46.
The Greyhounds opened the game by leaping to an 10-0 lead, holding Iona without a point for the first 6:19. The Gaels clawed back with a run of their own but Nicole Krusen helped Loyola keep the lead by scoring eight straight points off of the bench, pushing the gap to 18-12 midway through the first half. Krusen's eight points led the team in first-half scoring.
Loyola held its advantage for most of the first half until a three-pointer from Iona's Kristina Ford gave the Gaels a 22-20 lead with 5:29 remaining in the frame. Ford provided the bulk of Iona's first-half offense, tallying 17 points while going 6-of-7 from the floor.
The Greyhounds picked up three more points but couldn't score in the final three minutes as Iona built its lead and entered the halftime break up, 32-25. Loyola hits the road for its next four games, beginning with a contest at Siena on Saturday, January 22. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.