Women's Basketball Rolls Past Rider, 55-43

Feb. 4, 2011

Final Stats

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team earned a win over the visiting Rider Broncs in impressive fashion on Friday night, never trailing as the Greyhounds picked up its ninth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win, 55-43.

Friday night's result marked the fewest points Loyola (12-10, 9-2 MAAC) has allowed this season as the defense forced 18 turnovers against Rider (2-20, 2-9 MAAC).

Loyola shot 21-for-62 from the floor at a 33.9 percent clip but went 7-for-16 from behind the arc and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Three Greyhounds scored in double-digits. Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 14 points, Erica DiClemente added 12 and Nicole Krusen chipped in 10.

Loyola dominated on the glass to the tune of a 46-31 rebounding advantage and collected 17 offensive rebounds to Rider's eight.

Seven Greyhounds pulled down at least three rebounds, and Miriam McKenzie led the team with eight. Katie Sheahin, Meredith Tolley and Nicole Krusen each added five apiece.

The Greyhounds carried their blueprint from the first half into the second, beginning the period with a 13-5 run through the first 8:36.

Nicole Krusen converted a layup with 11:44 remaining in the game to give Loyola a 25-point lead, the largest of the game.

Rider chipped away at Loyola's lead as the contest wound down but the Greyhounds held on to come away with the 55-43 win.

Loyola locked down the Broncs in the first half, forcing 14 turnovers and holding Rider to under 10 points for the first 15:08 as Loyola built a 17-point lead en route to a 33-16 halftime advantage.

The Greyhounds took an opening lead on two Meredith Tolley free .throws and never looked back. Sheahin poured in 12 first half points and Erica DiClemente added eight as the Greyhounds extended its lead throughout the period, punctuated by a Sheahin three-pointer in the closing seconds.

Loyola's defense pressured Rider into shooting 26.1 percent from the floor in the first half, shooting six-for-23. The Greyhounds also outrebounded the Broncs by a 22-16 margin, a total that included eight offensive boards.

Saint Peter's awaits the Greyhounds next as Loyola hits the road for a Sunday contest against the Peahens. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.