Canisius Holds Off Women's Basketball Comeback Effort

Jan. 25, 2009

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BALTIMORE - Loyola pulled to within four points on two occasions in the final seven minutes, but Canisius held off the Greyhounds' comeback and finished with a 64-58 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.

Siobhan Prior became the first Loyola women's basketball player to record four 20-plus point games in the a season since Mary Anne Kirsch notched the feat six times during the 1997-1998 season.

Prior finished with a career-high tying 22 points to lead the Greyhounds (8-11 overall, 3-6 MAAC). All of her 20-point efforts have come in back-to-back games. She scored 22 at Manhattan and 21 versus Rider in December, and she then had 20 on Friday night at Iona.

The Golden Griffins (15-5, 7-2), however, had two players scored 20 or more. Marie Warner and Amanda Cavo combined for 50 of Canisius' 64 points.

Warner finished with game highs of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Cavo made six 3-pointers and had 22.

Loyola took a 36-34 lead less than two minutes in the second half, as Prior made a driving layup and a free throw for a conventional 3-point play.

Warner, however, tied the game at 36 with a pair of free throws of her own on the ensuing possession. Her points started a 15-3 Canisius run, giving the Golden Griffins their largest lead of the game, 49-39 with 11:03 to play.

Loyola, however, cut it to 52-48 on two Kaitlin Grant free throws with 6:55 left, and Prior had another conventional 3-point play on Loyola's next possession to make it 55-51 with just over six minutes left.

Warner and Cavo scored on back-to-back possessions for Canisius, making it an eight-point game with 4:11 left.

Prior hit a three on Loyola's next trip down the court, cutting the Golden Griffins' lead to 59-54, and although Loyola would come within five on two more occasions, it could not draw closer.

"Warner is a heck of a player," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "To transfer in and play only one year at a school, it take a special kid. She is doing that in high fashion for them."

Loyola shot 52.4-percent from the field in the first half and led by as many as seven when Meredith Tolley hit a 3-pointer from the left side with 9:05 to go before halftime.

The Golden Griffins' defense, however, held Loyola to just 32-percent from the field in the second half.

"They turned up the defensive pressure on us, but we still missed some easy shots," Logan said. "That is the best effort, though, that we have had in a few games. I thought that we played our hearts out, and I am very proud of our effort against a very good Canisius team."

Grant finished with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Tolley scored 10 and had seven boards.

Loyola returns to action on Friday, January 30, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Iona in Reitz Arena.