Turnovers Prove Downfall For Women's Basketball In Loss At Saint Peter's

Jan. 18, 2009

Box Score

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Loyola shot 48.5-percent from the field, but the Greyhounds committed 28 turnovers and Loyola lost to Saint Peter's, 76-52, Sunday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

The Greyhounds (8-9 overall, 3-4 MAAC) took only 33 shots from the field in the game, just 14 in the first half when they committed 18 of their turnovers.

"I have to give Saint Peter's a lot of credit today because they forced a lot of our turnovers," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "There were others that were just mistakes on our part, and a lot of them came from just being young as a team."

Meredith Tolley led Loyola with 12 points, capping a weekend in which she scored 24 on Friday night at Rider. Kaitlin Grant and Siobhan Prior each added 10 for Loyola.

Saint Peter's (5-11, 2-5) took a 10-point lead less than 11 minutes into the game, but Loyola closed to within three, 20-17 at the 7:04 mark, scoring seven straight, five by Candice Walker.

The Peahens, however, hit a pair of free throws on their next possession, and they never allowed Loyola to draw closer.

Grant opened the second half with a layup, an after a Tania Kennedy three for Saint Peter's, Prior made a jumper in the pain to pull Loyola within five, 34-29, but Saint peter's scored 14 of the next 15 points to go ahead by 20, 50-30, with just over 11 minutes left.

Kennedy finished with 10 points, while Jamie Smith led all scorers with 17 points for Saint Peter's. Smith was 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Loyola returns to action on Friday night, January 23, 2009, when it travels to New Rochelle, N.Y., to take on Iona at 7:30 p.m.