Jan. 25, 2014
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Throughout the entire second half Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball refused to relinquish its lead defeating Colgate University, 61-54, from Cotterell Court Saturday afternoon.
Nai Brown scored a game-high 23 points, while sophomore Tiffany Padgett recorded her second-career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points, leading the team with five assists.
For the second game in a row, Loyola (5-14, 2-6 Patriot League) led at the break after shooting 40-percent or better for the majority of the half. The Greyhounds kept the Raiders scoreless for more than seven minutes, taking advantage of the time and scoring 11-unanswered points, 23-17. Brown and Padgett attributed for all 11 points during that time, six and five, respectively.
To round out the first 20 minutes, Colgate (5-14, 1-7) and Loyola traded three’s and a field goal to maintain the Greyhounds’ six-point first half lead.
Padgett led all scorers in the first half, recording nine points and six rebounds in only 15 minutes of action. Brown followed with eight points and a team-high two steals.
Coming back from the break, Padgett continued her offensive momentum, scoring the first Loyola point of the second half.
It took the Greyhounds four minutes to respond with Padgett’s jumper, but when they did the green and grey found themselves on an 11-2 run and holding Colgate scoreless for nearly five minutes.
Colgate’s Mariah Jones halted the run with a three-point field goal, but the play did not stop the Greyhounds. Senior Nicole Krusen responded with her own three from the top of the key, 43-32, taking the largest lead of the contest for Loyola.
The Raiders pulled within single digits after a pair of free throws and paint points, but once again Loyola continued to fight back responding with combined points from Padgett and Mirarchi, 47-46.
In the final two and a half minutes, Colgate got within five points on two separate occasions, but Loyola shot 100-percent from inside the arc for the remainder of the game and pulled out the seven-point margin of victory over the Raiders.
Loyola forced a game-high 14 turnovers, helping the team to 15 points off the Raiders’ misfortunes. Comparatively, Colgate only scored nine points off turnovers.
The Greyhounds outrebounded Colgate, 40-34, grabbing nearly 30 defensive boards in 40 minutes. Sophomore Brittany Butler grabbed a career-high five rebounds, four alone in the first half.
Loyola closes out the first half of Patriot League play on Wednesday hosting College of the Holy Cross at 7 p.m.