BALTIMORE - In a contest that included five tied scores and six lead changes, the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team fell to the United States Military Academy Black Knights, 62-53, on Women In Sports Day in Reitz Arena.
For the second-straight game, Colleen Marshall led Loyola (6-15 overall, 4-6 Patriot League) with 20 or more points, while sophomore Lauren Daugherty was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Army's Kelsey Minato, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, scored five-straight points and caped off a 9-0 run to open the contest, but Loyola countered with a seven-unanswered points to cut the deficit to two, 9-7, on a Marshall layup with 15:27 left to play in the first half.
The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes, until junior Nai Brown pulled the Greyhounds' within one, 15-14, on a 3-point field goal with 12:40 left to play in the first.
Army (15-5, 7-3) responded with six-straight points, leading by as much as seven, 21-14, but Loyola used an 11-5 run to climb back within a point, 26-25, with 3:29 remaining in the first half.
Army's Aimee Oertner connected on a layup with 2:21 left to play, but a charity stripe point from freshman Bri Betz-White and a 3-pointer from Marshall gave Loyola it's first lead of the contest, 29-28.
Oertner took two trips to the foul line before entering the locker room, giving the Black Knights a one-point advantage at halftime, 30-29.
Both teams shot better than 40 percent in the first half, while Army grabbed 13 rebounds to Loyola's 12.
Marshall opened the second half with an and-one opportunity, but Army countered after every Loyola attack, as the two teams traded baskets for nearly half of the second stanza.
With 10:36 left in the game, Oertner sparked a 12-2 game-winning run for the Black Knights. Sophomore Lauren Daugherty's free-throw points halted the run for Army, pulling Loyola within six, 50-56.
Army went on to score six of the last nine points, holding on to a nine-point win.
Neither team shot the ball as well in the second half, as Army went 8-for-22 and the Greyhounds 8-for-34.
Loyola returns to action on Wednesday to host American University at 7 p.m.