McKenzie's Career High Gives Loyola Win At Manhattan

Jan. 22, 2012

Final Stats

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Senior guard Miriam McKenzie scored a career-high 25 points as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team defeated Manhattan, 59-45, in Riverdale, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon.

The win was the seventh-straight for Loyola over Manhattan at Draddy Gymnaisum and was the team's seventh win over the Jaspers in the last eight overall meetings. The Greyhounds improved to 7-12 overall and 3-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while Manhattan dropped to 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the MAAC.

McKenzie notched her second-straight double-double, also totaling 10 rebounds in the effort. Kara Marshall was in double figures with 15 points, while Nneka Offodile added eight and Alyssa Sutherland had seven points, five assists and four steals.

Katie Sheahin helped pace the defensive attack that saw the team finish with 15 steals. Sheahin had six steals along with a team-best seven assists. The Greyhounds had a season-high 19 assists in the game while also shooting a season-best 49-percent from the field.

Allison Skrec, Monica Roeder and Schyanne Halfkenny each had 10 to lead Manhattan. Loyola held leading scorer Lindsay Loutsenhizer (12.8 points per game) to five points.

Loyola got out to a fast start thanks to tremendous ball movement against the Manhattan zone defense. The Greyhounds hit six of their first seven shots, recording five assists on six made field goals and took a 15-5 lead just five minutes into the game and never trailed again.

The Greyhounds shot a season-high 56-percent from the field in the first half and took a 31-27 lead into halftime. McKenzie paced the effort on both ends of the floor, scoring 16 points on seven-for-nine shooting while pulling down seven rebounds and notching three steals.

The Greyhounds led by 10 three different times in the half, and maintained a six to 10 point lead for the majority of the first 20 minutes.

After Manhattan cut the Loyola lead to six at 25-19 with just over five minutes left in the half, the Greyhound defense responded by forcing back-to-back turnovers and turning those into four-straight points to take a 29-19 lead with 4:24 left.

Sheahin caused both turnovers with a pair of steals, finishing one with a breakaway layup and finding Sutherland on the other for an easy two. Sheahin had five assists and three steals in the first half.

The Jaspers scored eight of the final 10 points of the half to climb back into the game, with the final bucket coming from Loutsenhizer who hit a 3-pointer just before time expired to cut the Manhattan deficit to four.

The four-point deficit would be as close as the Jaspers would come, as Loyola held Manhattan to a total of 18 second-half points.

The Greyhounds started the final half on a 14-4 run to push the lead to 14 at 45-31 with 11:44 remaining. Marshall hit two 3-pointers in the stretch, finishing with three for the game.

Manhattan would not get within single digits the rest of the game. The Greyhounds led by as many as 16 with less than a minute remaining on a pair of free throws by Offodile. As a team, Loyola went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.

The Greyhounds flipped the script on the first time the teams met on Jan. 4, outscoring Manhattan 36-16 in the paint after being outscored 32-10 in the first meeting

Loyola continues its road stint when the Greyhounds head to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on Canisius College on Friday at 5 p.m.