Jan. 30, 2009
By Amanda Piccirilli
BALTIMORE - Junior forward Kaitlin Grant recorded a career high with six assists and earned her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds, but Loyola fell 58-55 to Iona in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action in Reitz Arena on Friday night.
With 4:25 left in the second half, the Greyhounds were able to bring the game within one point on a Grant layup.
However, off two Loyola turnovers, the Gaels (13-9 overall, 6-5 MAAC) were able to take a five point lead, 56-51.
Loyola guards Siobhan Prior and Candice Walker each had game-tying opportunities within the last 12 seconds of the game, but solid defense by the Gaels created off balance shot opportunities for Loyola.
"Iona did a very good job defensively in the second half, but we have to take better care of the ball ourselves," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "I was very pleased with our effort, but we have to start to turn effort into wins in games like this."
Loyola (8-12, 3-7) went into halftime on a 13-2 run, keeping the Gaels off the scoreboard for the last three minutes of the half and building a 35-33 lead at the break.
With 4:17 remaining in the first half, the Gaels had a nine point lead over the Greyhounds with Iona guard Thazina Cook leading the team with 11 points.
Loyola senior guard Ashley Alexander led the Greyhounds with 18 points for the night and sparked the first half comeback for Loyola by making a 3-point shot, pulling the Greyhound to 26-22. She soon made two free-throw attempts.
In the second half, Loyola came out with fire within the first minute where a 3-point corner shot by Mallory Lawes, increased Loyola's lead to 38-33.
With 14:20 left in the second half, Iona brought the game within one when Kristina Ford made a jumper from the key.
Iona finally took the lead away from the Greyhounds with 10 minutes left in the half and were able to keep the Hounds from regaining the lead.
Loyola only made three field goals within the last 12 minutes of the game and scored only nine points.
Grant's 15 rebounds tied the career-high she set earlier this season, and Alexander's team-high 18 points were four off her career-best.
Cook led all scorers with 23 points, a career-high of her own, and she added 10 rebounds.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday, February 1, 2009, when it hosts Fairfield at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena.