Jan. 19, 2014
BALTIMORE - Junior Nai Brown knocked down a career-high 28 points, but the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team fell to fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, 70-60, Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Brown reached 20-plus points for the fifth time and for the third time in the last five games to lead the Greyhounds (4-13, 1-5 Patriot League) offensively, while she also had a team-best eight rebounds. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi chipped in 10 points and a team-best five assists.
The Greyhounds shot 42.6-percent from the floor, including 70.6-percent from the charity stripe. For the second time this season, Brown made 10 or more trips to the free-throw line, contributing eight of her 28 game points from the charity stripe.
The Terriers led by as much as 14 points in the first half, but Loyola closed the period with an 8-0 run, 28-22. Brown scored the first five points for the green and grey, after nearly five minutes of action.
The Greyhounds pulled within two on two separate occasions in the beginning of the second half. Brown and Nneka Offodile cut the deficit to two, before back-to-back three’s by Boston University gave the Terriers their first double-digit lead of the half.
BU used the three-point momentum to chip away at a 13-2 run, until Mirarchi halted the offensive effort with glass points, 43-32. The two teams traded baskets on the next three possessions, while Brown went on an eight-point personal run to pull Loyola within single digits, 46-38.
Senior Nicole Krusen cut the deficit to six, with a shot from downtown, 51-45. For the fifth-consecutive game, Krusen has hit one or more three-point field goals for the Greyhounds.
With just under five minutes to play, Krusen forced a Terriers’ turnover and found Mirarchi on the baseline for three. The second and final three-pointer for Loyola pulled the Greyhounds within nine, but Boston University used three charity stripe points to extend the lead back to double figures.
In the final two minutes, seven of the last nine points were recorded from the free throw line, as Loyola benefited from thee of those points.
Four players reached double-figures in scoring for Boston University (7-12, 2-4), led by Clodagh Scannell's 17 points. Rashidat Agboola had a double-double of 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Danielle Callahan and Whitney Turner contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Bucknell. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.