Jan. 27, 2008
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist shot 51.6-percent from the field and made 10-of-17 3-pointers to beat Loyola, 85-59, Sunday afternoon at the McCann Center in front of 2,128 fans.
The win was the Red Foxes' 30th-straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home victory, pushing their record to 19-2 overall, 9-0 in the league.
Rachel Fitz made all eight of her shots in the first half, and finished 11-of-16 from the field. She also was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 27 points. Julianne Viani was 7-of-11 and made 4-of-6 3-pointers to scored 19.
Marist converted on eight of its first 13 shots to take a 20-4 lead after the second media timeout when Viani made a lay-up and free throw at the 11:45 mark. After a Candice Walker lay-up for Loyola, Lynzee Johnson came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer, giving the Red Foxes another 17-point advantage with 11:16 to go.
Loyola (8-11, 3-6) cut Marist's lead to nine on a Meredith Tolley lay-up with just over eight mintues to go before halftime, but the Red Foxes went ahead by 15, 40-25, on a Nikki Flores jumper with 4:27 remaining.
The Greyhounds battled back, finishing the half on a 10-2 run behind five Vika Sholokhova points to cut Marist's advantage to 42-35 at the break.
"Fitz played pretty well today; she is a special player," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "It seemed like she missed one shot, and even then the crowd made a lot of noise for her.
"Again, we could have folded. We were down (17) in the first half, and yet we stuck with it."
Marist struck right away to start the second half, as Erica Allenspach drained a 3-pointer from the right side. Tolley responded with a 3-pointer of her own, and the teams traded 2-point baskets on alternating possessions after that.
Beginning with two Fitz free throws at the 18:10 mark, Marist scored 17 of the game's next 19 points to build its lead to 64-42 on a Flores three with 11:23 left.
Loyola would draw as close as 20 on a Tynisha Davis jumper, but the Red Foxes scored the next eight points after that basket to lead by 28.
The Greyhounds made just 7-of-34 second-half baskets, while Marist was 15-of-30 after the break.
"We shot just 20-percent in the second half, and you can't do that up here," Logan said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit after playing well to close the second half."
Walker finished the game with a career-high 17 points. She has scored 33 points in two games this season against Marist.
Tolley recorded her second double-digit scoring performance in a row. She finished with 12 points. Kaitlin Grant scored seven, had eight rebounds and led all players with three steals.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. to face Iona for the second time in a week.