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Second Half Defense Pushes Fairfield Past Women's Basketball

Feb. 1, 2009

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BALTIMORE - Fairfield shot 52-precent from the field and held Loyola to just four field goals made in the second half, taking a two-point lead at the break and turning it into a 60-41 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Loyola Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.

After Kaitlin Grant made a pair of free throws 12 seconds into the second half to tie the score at 26-26, Fairfield scored the next six points to take the lead for good.

The Stags broke the game open midway through the second half scoring 15 of 18 points over an eight-minute stretch for a 54-38 advantage with 3:26 remaining.

Following halftime, Fairfield held Loyola to just 4-of-21 from the field, and the Greyhounds were just 14-of-48 in the game.

"Fairfield made some defensive adjustments in the second half that worked very well," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Their defense in the post is excellent. Stephanie Geehan had a great game, and she is someone who will draw a lot of votes for (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year."

Fairfield finished the second half shooting 52 percent from the floor, with Baendu Lowenthal leading the way with 23 points.

The Stags (14-8 overall, 9-2 MAAC) came out strong in the first six minutes of the game, gaining a seven point lead over Loyola, 13-6.

Nine minutes into the game, the Stags were shooting 50 percent from the floor with senior forward Lowenthal scoring 13 of Fairfield's 17 points.

Fairfield led by seven in the first, but the Greyhounds (8-13, 3-8) rallied to take an 18-17 lead with under 10 minutes to play before the break. The Greyhounds tied it up at 24 with 48 ticks to go in the frame on a Meredith Tolley layup, but the Stags hit two free throws in the final seconds to go up 26-24.

After Kaitlin Grant made a pair of free throws 12 seconds into the second half to tie the score, Fairfield scored the next six points to take the lead for good.

The Stags broke the game open midway through the second half scoring 15 of 18 points over an eight-minute stretch for a 54-38 advantage with 3:26 remaining.

Following halftime, Fairfield held Loyola to just 4-of-21 from the field, and the Greyhounds were just 14-of-48 in the game.

Fairfield finished the second half shooting 52 percent from the floor, with Lowenthal leading the way with 23 points.

Grant led Loyola with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Alexander added 11.

Geehan had 14 rebounds for Fairfield and blocked seven shots.

The Greyhounds return to action on Friday, February 6, at Siena College at 7 p.m.