Jan. 22, 2014
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team dropped a close back-and-forth contest to Bucknell, 67-60, Wednesday night at Reitz Arena.
Freshman Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola (4-14, 1-6 Patriot League) with 16 points, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett contributed a career-high 14 points and junior Nai Brown chipped in 10. Seniors Nicole Krusen and Nneka Offodile led the way with six rebounds each.
In a game that included 13 tied scores and 10 lead changes, Loyola shot over 40-percent from the floor for the second game in a row.
For only the second time this season, Loyola led at the half, 26-22, and took its largest lead of the contest, on a Mirarchi three-pointer with three minutes remaining before the break. The Bison responded with an Audrey Dotson layup, but Padgett contributed her own paint points to put the Greyhounds back up by four, 26-22.
Coming back from the half, Bucknell (10-7, 5-2 PL) scored four unanswered points to tie the contest for the seventh time, 26-26. Over the next few minutes, the two teams traded baskets before Bucknell went on an 8-0 run halted by a Brittany Butler layup, 48-44.
With under five minutes to play, the Greyhounds tied the score two more times, first on a Brown jumper, 51-51, and finally on an Offodile basket, 53-53. Loyola scored the remainder of its points from the free-throw line, until Mirarchi’s buzzer-beater layup ended the contest, 67-60.
For the second game in a row, Loyola scored 60 points, improving its January scoring average to 67 points per game, an improvement from December (55.4).
The Greyhounds also recorded their fourth-consecutive contest with multiple players in double-figures. In five of the last seven games, Loyola has had two or more players post 10-plus points in the green and grey uniform.
For the Bison, Dotson paced the blue and orange with a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they head to Colgate for a 4 p.m. contest.