Jan. 22, 2011
Loudonville, N.Y. - Junior Miriam McKenzie had a double-double as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team defeated Siena 60-53 today in Loudonville, N.Y. The Greyhounds took sole possession of second place in the MAAC with the win.
The Greyhounds are now 9-9 overall and 6-1 in the MAAC, while Siena falls to 7-10 overall and 5-2 in the MAAC.
McKenzie had a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, with 15 points coming in the second half. Sophomore Katie Sheahin added 11 points and nine rebounds and graduate student Erica DiClemente had 14 points.
The Greyhounds opened the game on a 11-0 run with points coming from sernior Meredith Tolley, DiClemente and Sheahin. The Saints finally scored by Allison Mullings but Loyola answered back with a McKenzie layup.
Siena went on a 7-0 run and the Greyhounds went over six minutes without scoring as the shots were unable to fall. Tolley finally had a three-pointer that started a 8-0 run in the first half. Soon after Siena went on a 9-0 run to cut the score to two but Loyola answered with a Sheahin jumper.
The Saints had a three-pointer by Maja Gerlying but the Greyhounds had a one point lead going into half at 25-24.
Coming out of half, the game was soon tied at 27 and the Saints took a three point lead. The Greyhounds answered with a free throw by Sheahin and retook the lead by a McKenzie three-pointer with 13:41 left in the second half.
The game was tied at 34 before the Saints went on a 6-0 run to take the lead with 8:12 left in the game. The Greyhounds answered with a three-pointer by McKenzie and tied the score at 42 with a free throw by McKenzie. McKenzie's second free throw took a one point lead with 4:26 left in the game.
Loyola had a six point lead with points coming from DiClemente and sophomore Alyssa Sutherland and Siena's Gerlyng had a jumper to cut the lead to four.The Greyhounds ended the game shooting 10 free throws.
Siena was led by Serena Moore who had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Maja Gerlyng added 16 points.
The Greyhounds shot 37.8 percent from the floor, while the Saints shot 36.1 percent.
Loyola will continue road play on Monday as they face undefeated conference opponent Marist at 7:30 p.m.