Jan. 27, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Freshman Kara Marshall scored a career-high 21 points but it was not enough as Canisius College defeated the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team, 65-55, in Buffalo, N.Y., on Friday night.
The loss dropped Loyola to 7-13 overall and 3-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while Canisius moved to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the MAAC.
The Golden Griffins shot 46.9-percent from the field for the game and were led by a career-high 19 points from Ashley Wilkes. Kayla Hoohuli also was in double figures with 15 points, while Ashley Durham accounted for seven of the team’s 19 assists.
Katie Sheahin had 14 points for the Greyhounds, grabbing seven rebounds and making six steals. Alyssa Sutherland played a solid game with seven points, five rebounds and a career-high six steals. The Greyhounds had 17 steals in the game, one off the team single-game record.
It was Marshall’s fifth-straight game in double figures and her first career 20-point performance. Her previous high was 19 points in her first career start earlier this season at Pittsburgh.
Sheahin had her 15th-straight multi-steal game and moved just four steals behind Shannon Cohen for second-place on Loyola’s all-time career chart with 240.
The Greyhounds controlled play early in the contest, hitting five-straight field goals after missing their first eight attempts to take a 13-4 lead at the 14:31 mark of the first half. It was Loyola’s largest lead of the game.
Marshall had eight points during the stretch while Sutherland added five. Marshall hit a 3-pointer and then finished a breakaway layup while getting fouled on the ensuing possession to spark the offense that finished the half with nine assists on nine made field goals. The freshman led all scorers with nine at the half while Sutherland had five points to go with five rebounds and four steals.
Loyola maintained a lead for the majority of the first half, and had a five-point advantage at 24-19 after a free-throw by Marshall with 5:07 left.
Canisius took control of the game after that point with a 15-0 run that spanned from the 5:07 mark of the first half until the 17:56 mark of the second half, turning a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead at 34-24.
The run started with the Golden Griffins scoring the final 10 points of the first half, with Ashley Durham giving Canisius its first lead since the 19-minute mark with a left-handed layup that put the Griffs on top 25-24 with 2:21 remaining in the first half. Canisius would not trail again.
Loyola struggled to find an offensive rhythm and went scoreless for an eight-minute stretch, beginning with the final five minutes of the first half. The team finished the game shooting 31.3-percent from the floor and connected on four-of-23 from 3-point range.
The Golden Griffins hit six of their first eight shots of the second half to take an 11-point lead and finished 23-of-49 from the field for the game.
The Greyhounds could only close to as lose as eight for the remainder of the game, the last time coming after a Sutherland jumper with 17:23 left. Canisius led by as many as 19.
The Greyhounds wrap up their road trip at Niagara University on Sunday at noon.