LEWISBURG, Pa. - In a game that included nine lead changes and five tied scores, Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball fell to Bucknell University, 71-64, Wednesday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Loyola (7-11 overall, 4-3 Patriot League) had three players score in double-figures, led by sophomore Bri Betz-White with 20 points. Seniors Colleen Marshall and Jeneh Perry each grabbed six rebounds, while also scoring 18 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Steph Smith pulled down a team-best seven rebounds on the night.
Perry scored seven of the team’s first nine points, including opening the game with five-straight points for the Greyhounds only 1:45 into the contest.
For the third time this season, Loyola scored 20-plus points in the first quarter, recording 21 after the first 10 minutes. The Greyhounds held a five-point advantage, 21-16, to close out the frame, but Bucknell (13-5, 7-0) outscored the Greyhounds in the second quarter, 20-11, to take a four-point lead heading into halftime, 36-32.
The two teams traded baskets to open the third quarter, but it was Betz-White’s layup with just over six minutes to play in the frame that knotted the score, 21-21, for the final time.
Bucknell found its offensive footing moments later, stringing together an 11-0 run with just over a minute to play in the third quarter to pull ahead 51-40. Betz-White closed out the frame with four points, but the Bison used a last-second layup to end the frame with a double-digit lead, 54-44.
Bucknell led by as many as 12 points to start the fourth quarter, 56-44, but Loyola chipped away at its deficit and pulled within four points on three occasions, the last time on a pair of Betz-White free throws, 66-62, with 39 seconds left to play.
The Bison closed out the contest with five more points, all at the charity stripe. Bucknell made 30 trips to the free-throw line, shooting 21-of-30, while Loyola went 11-of-16 from the line.
Defensively, the Greyhounds took better care of the ball, committing only 11 turnovers to Bucknell’s 21. Each team recorded 10 steals, while the Bison held a 7-2 advantage in blocks.
Loyola continues its three-game road swing to close out the month of January with a trip to Hamilton, New York. The Greyhounds will take on the Colgate Raiders Saturday at 4 p.m.