EASTON, Pa. - With 1:46 to play in the fourth quarter, graduate student Steph Smith knocked down a 3-point field goal at the top of the arc to give the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team enough to top Lafayette College, 55-51, Saturday afternoon in the Kirby Sports Center.
Senior Colleen Marshall led the Greyhounds (9-11 overall, 6-3 Patriot League) with 15 points and five steals, while Smith combined for 11 points, three steals and one block. Senior Jeneh Perry grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Lafayette (4-15, 2-7) opened the fourth quarter scoring four-straight points to lead by as many as four, 49-45, but a pair of free throws by Marshall and Smith's trey with 1:46 to play gave the Greyhounds the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Marshall and Smith combined for all 10 of Loyola's fourth quarter points.
Lafayette's Angela Ribarich scored a game-high 17 points, shooting 6-of-15 from the floor.
At the close of the first quarter, Loyola trailed Lafayette by 12, 24-12, but the Greyhounds went on to outscore the Leopards in each of the remaining quarters, including holding Lafayette to only eight and six points in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.
For the second-straight game, Loyola held its opponent to less than 10 points in the fourth quarter, as both Lafayette and Colgate University recorded one field goal in each frame.
Defensively, the Greyhounds forced 19 Lafayette turnovers, scoring 15 points off the Leopards' misfortunes. Loyola also held a 13-6 advantage in steals, as well as a slight 2-1 advantage in blocks.
Saturday's win marks the first time Loyola has won nine games before the month of February since the 2010-11 season and gets the Greyhounds their second-ever sweep over a Patriot League foe, as they downed Lafayette 66-65 on Saturday, Jan. 2.
The Greyhounds return to action Wednesday to host Lehigh University in Reitz Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.