Feb. 3, 2016
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team outscored Lehigh University 23-15 in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn't be enough as the Greyhounds fell to the Mountain Hawks, 76-68, Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.
For the first time since December 2013, Loyola (9-12 overall, 6-4 Patriot League) had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore Bri Betz-White with 17 points. Senior Jeneh Perry scored 13 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, while senior Colleen Marshall and junior Lisa Mirarchi added 10 points each.
Lehigh (14-7,7-3) led by as many as 18, 63-45, with just under 9:30 to play in the fourth quarter, and although the Greyhounds scored eight of the next 10 points, the Mountain Hawks sustained a double-digit lead for the next three minutes.
With 2:43 remaining in the game, Betz-White's step-back jumper sparked a 9-1 run that pulled Loyola within as few as five points, 70-65, but Lehigh pushed the game back to a seven-point margin, 72-65, on a pair of Bernadette Devaney free throws with just under a minute to play.
Both teams fought a defensive battle over the next 21 seconds, as neither team could find an offensive rhythm. It wasn't until Marshall's layup with 30 seconds remaining, that Loyola was able to pull within five for the last time, 72-67.
The two teams closed out the contest at the charity stripe with Lehigh knocking down all four of its attempts to pull out the victory and top the Greyhounds in the League standings.
Defensively, Loyola forced Lehigh to commit 22 turnovers, while the Greyhounds recorded a season-low six turnovers. Loyola held a 12-4 advantage in steals, while both teams posted three blocks.
The Greyhounds will return to action Saturday when they host Army West Point at 2 p.m.