The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team saw its comeback attempt fall short to American University Wednesday night in Reitz Arena, as the Greyhounds fell to the Eagles, 55-44.
American entered Wednesday's matchup averaging 63.6 points per game this season, second most in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds held the Eagles to only 55 points, the second-lowest scoring output American has posted this season.
After knocking down the first basket of the contest, Loyola held American off the scoreboard for over seven minutes, using a 10-0 run to gain an eight-point lead, 10-2, with just over 11 minutes remaining in the first half.
American's Jen Dumiak cut the team's deficit to four, scoring back-to-back field goals for the Eagles. She sparked a 6-0 run to pull within two, 10-8, before Marshall and Perry put Loyola back on the board and extended the lead, 14-10.
Loyola held the lead for the next seven minutes, but Arron Zimmerman hit a layup with four seconds remaining in the first half to give American a one-point advantage, 23-22, entering the locker room.
In the first 20 minutes, Loyola forced eight turnovers and recorded 10 points off the Eagles' misfortunes.
Both teams grabbed 17 rebounds in the first stanza, while the Greyhounds posted 11 second-chance points to the Eagles' five.
Coming back from the locker room, American kept Loyola off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes, and used a 14-2 run to lead Loyola by as much as 17 points, 44-27, with 7:53 left to play.
Three minutes later, the Greyhounds put together a comeback led by Perry who pulled the team within single digits, 48-40, for the first time since the 13:07 mark.
After missed baskets by both teams on the ensuing possessions, sophomore Lisa Mirarchi pulled Loyola within as few as six, 48-42, on a pair free throws with 2:08 remaining. The would be as close as Loyola would get though, as American went on to score six of seven of the final nine points to pull away with an 11-point victory, 55-44.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Lehigh University for a 2 p.m., contest.