Jan. 25, 2008
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Siobhan Prior, Kaitlin Grant and Meredith Tolley each recorded career-highs in points, but a second-half Iona run was too much for the Loyola to overcome in a 73-68 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss at the Hynes Athletic Center Friday night.
The Gales (11-8 overall, 5-3 MAAC) led 32-28 at the half, but they went on a 21-7 run to take a 53-35 lead with 11:42 remaining.
While Iona made 10-of-16 shots during that stretch, the Greyhounds were just 3-of-11 in the second half's first 10 minutes.
Loyola (8-10, 3-5) went on a run of its own - 23-6 - to pull within two, 65-63, with 1:22 left on two Candice Walker free throws.
"For the second game in a row, we had a big lull that allowed (Iona) to get a big lead," Head Coach Joe Logan said.
Loyola trailed Fairfield by as many as 17 in the second half on Sunday, January 20, but the Greyhounds pulled within three of that game before eventually losing.
"We can't have those lapses during games because in the run that we made, we showed that we are just as good," Logan said. "We have the ability, we just have to play like we're down by 18 all of the time."
Grant made scored eight-straight points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the process to pull the Greyhounds within nine, 59-50. During that 1-minute, 32-second stretch, Loyola forced three Iona turnovers and held the Gales without a field goal attempt.
An offensive rebound and putback by Iona's Anna McLean gave the Gaels a 61-50 advantage, but Tolley scored on Loyola next possession to reduce Iona's lead to nine. Lauren Defalco made 1-of-2 free throws with 4:25 left to give Iona its final 10-point lead of the game.
Prior made a driving lay-up off the glass, and Alex Berlin was 1-of-2 from the free throw line, cutting Iona's advantage to seven, 62-55.
After Defalco made a jumper in the lane to put Iona ahead eight, Tolley hit a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter to cut the Gaels' lead to five, 64-59.
Tynisha Davis stole the ball from Thazina Cook, and Tolley found Grant in the paint for a jumper that pulled Loyola within three, 64-61.
Jessica Smith was 1-of-2 from the free throw line on Iona's next possession, and Walker made two more free throws with 1:22 remaining to cut the deficit to two.
Iona, however, would make 6-of-6 free throws, and Naeemah Rickets hit a jumper, from that point to seal the win.
Prior scored 17 points in the first half and finished the game with 19 points, leading all scorers.
Tolley made her first collegiate start in the game and finished with career-highs in points (13) and rebounding (12) to notch her first collegiate double-double.
Grant scored 16 and had three steals. Davis finished with eight in her first action since January 13 after missing the last two games with the flu.
Iona committed 29 turnovers, while the Greyhounds had 25, but the Gaels shot 50-percent (28-of-56) from the field in the game. Defalco and Catherina Lutz led the Gaels with 12 points, and Tiara Headen had 10.
The Greyhounds travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a MAAC game on Sunday, January 25, 2008, against Marist at 12 noon. The game will be televised on the MSG Network and the ESPN Full Court Package. A rebroadcast can be seen in the Baltimore area on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 26.