Women's Basketball Refuses To Relinquish Lead

Jan. 27, 2013

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BALTIMORE, Md. - The Greyhounds controlled the lead during the second half, as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team handed the Iona College Gaels its third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss of the season, 64-43, in Reitz Arena.

Senior Katie Sheahin led Loyola with 23 points, while sophomore Kara Marshall knocked in 14. Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett led the Greyhounds in the boards, grabbing seven and eight, respectively.

"We had two really good days of practice, and Iona is a really good team," head coach Joe Logan said.  "They have players like Martinez and Adams that can score the baskets, but we were lucky to get some stops and grab critical rebounds." 

A Sheahin buzzer beater from downtown, tied the score 29-29, as Loyola entered the locker room. The Greyhounds improved, 1-1, in tied contests at the half.

Marshall took over where Sheahin left off, making a three-pointer from the top of the arc to start the second half. Moments later, Krusen continued the success from the right side, sending the score 35-31 with just under 17 minutes in the second half.  The Greyhounds made three-consecutive shots from three-point range in less than three minutes.

The Greyhounds out-shot the Gaels from three-point range, connecting on five of their 16 attempts. Iona shot a season-low 19 percent from behind the arc.

"Today we made some good shots," Logan said. "In the past couple of games we shot 16-20 percent in the first half, and today we shot the ball better."

Loyola went on a 10-1 run, holding the Gaels to only one free throw during those seven minutes.  Freshman Diana Logan scored four of the ten points, while fellow classmate and Greyhound center, Padgett added two more.  Iona's Damika Martinez halted the run, with a layup only 13 minutes into the second half.

Martinez led the Gaels on the scoreboard, recording 15 points in MAAC conference action. Freshman Joy Adams led Iona's rebounding, game grabbing nine boards for the Gaels. Loyola held the top-scoring rookie in the conference to only six points. 

On the way to their largest lead of the game, Marshall and Sheahin dominated the scoreboard scoring a combined 11 points, after the Martinez layup that stopped the 10-1 Greyhound run. Loyola led by 22 points, with 3:30 remaining in regulation.

The green and grey scored 21 points off turnovers, as compared to only seven points by the Gaels.

Loyola continues its four-game home stretch, hosting the Niagara Purple Eagles Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m.