Strong Second Half Falls Short For Women's Basketball

Jan. 20, 2013

Final Stats

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A back-and-forth second half kept the game close, but ultimately the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team could not hold off a late run by the Siena Saints in a, 62-52, loss at the Alumni Recreation Center.

Sunday afternoon’s loss marked the first time in three years the Saints (7-10 overall, 3-3 MAAC) have defeated the Greyhounds (6-11, 1-5), as previously Loyola won the last five contests.

Three Greyhounds scored in double digits, including Diana Logan who contributed 12, and Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett, who both scored 13 points.

Sutherland stopped a, 16-2, Saints' run with a shot from behind the arc, putting the Greyhounds down by 12 with just over a minute left in regulation, but Siena would maintain control of the lead going into the final buzzer.

The Greyhounds forced seven Siena turnovers in the second half, putting together a strong defense after leaving the locker room at halftime.

In the first two minutes, Padgett grabbed a Siena theft, which led to a Sutherland bounce pass to Logan for the first Loyola points of the second half.  

Sutherland tied the score, 34-34, after a layup coming off a Padgett rebound. The rookie tabbed five boards against the Saints, 64 total this season.

Logan sunk a three pointer from the baseline, giving Siena a one-point advantage, but a Saint’s shot from downtown enlarged the Greyhound deficit.

With back-to-back visits to the line, Lily Grenci put the Saint up, 44-39, but a pair of Logan free throws kept the Greyhounds in the game.

A Padgett jumper with a little over ten minutes remaining marked the last time the Greyhounds would trail by one. Grenci sparked the final run, with a pair of shots from the line.

Grenci scored a game-high 20 points, while Clara Sole Anglada added 18, and Thresa Coles contributed ten. Grenci hit 11 of her 20 points in the first half alone, helping the Saints to 50 percent from the floor, and 88 percent at the line during the first 20 minutes.

In the first five minutes of regulation, Kara Marshall and Padgett combined for the Greyhounds first-seven points against the Saints, but it was a Logan three from the left side, that stopped a Grenci six-point run.

Minutes later, an inbound pass from Marshall to Sutherland put Loyola down by five with just under four minutes to play in the first half.  Marshall helped contribute to a, 8-4 run by the Greyhounds with a three from the top of the arc, which cut the deficit to two.

With just under two minutes in the first half, a Sutherland jumper tied the game 28-28. The Saints would go on to score four more points before entering the locker room, 32-28, at the halftime buzzer.

For the fifth-time this season, Logan made every attempt from the free-throw line, helping the Greyhounds to 86 percent from the charity stripe.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena to host four MAAC teams, starting with Canisius on Thursday, January 24 at 11 a.m.