Grant's OT Layup Pushes Women's Hoops Past Canisius

Feb. 6, 2010

Final Stats

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Down by one point in overtime with 10 seconds left, Miriam McKenzie and Kaitlin Grant fooled Canisius, combining for what would ultimately be a game-winning play.

McKenzie had the ball at the perimeter, and just when it looked like the guard would attempt an outside shot she fell backwards and tipped the ball toward the basket. While Canisius defenders scrambled for the turnover, Grant nabbed the ball and quickly put it up, out of the reach of a diving Ellie Radke, for a layup.

The shot secured a 72-71 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win, and the Greyhounds' first overtime win of the season.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak that began with a last-second loss to Canisius (9-13, 4-7 MAAC) on Jan. 15, in Baltimore. This time around, it was Loyola (10-12, 5-6 MAAC) coming out on top with hard-fought, overtime victory on Canisius' home court of the Koessler Center.

Four players netted double-digit points for Loyola, with McKenzie and Grant both finishing with double-doubles.

McKenzie scored a team-high 20 points, pulled down 10 boards -- including two key rebounds that helped the Greyhounds put the game into overtime -- and tallied four assists, a block and steal. Grant had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high four steals.

Meredith Tolley added in 12 points and Erica DiClemente finished with 10.

Radke pulled down Canisius' only double-double, leading the game with 21 points and 11 boards. Brittane Russell and Whitney Ellenor finished with 12 and 10.

Loyola had to work for nearly every point scored, as the Griffins came out aggressive from the start. Canisius totaled 11 team fouls by the end of the first half and Loyola's 26 free throw attempts were the third-most this season.

The Griffs established their shooting presence early on, jumping out to a quick lead. But the `Hounds stuffed the run, and were up by as much as 16 points with less than two minutes left in the first half.

Canisius managed another run late in the first half that took six points off the Greyhounds' lead, leaving Loyola up by just 10 (32-22) at halftime. The Griffs carried the momentum into the second half, as Radke opened scoring four straight.

After a steal by Katie Sheahin led to a fastbreak layup by Grant, Brianna Lucas knocked down a three to trim Loyola's lead to just five points and make the score 34-29. A Sheahin free throw gave the `Hounds a six-point lead but a diving left-handed hook shot by Ellenor put the Griffs within four.

Two times, the Greyhounds pushed their lead back up to 10 points. But Canisius began dominating possessions.

After a free throw by Devon Carey made the score 46-36 with 11:20 left, the Griffs went 7-0 over three straight possessions, bringing them back to within three. A layup by Tolley and a long jumper by DiClemente put Loyola back up to 50-43 but the Griffs continued to work on closing the gap.

Canisius continued to see the bulk of the possessions and made a fierce rally in the final minutes. After tying the game at 54-all with just under four minutes left, the teams traded baskets back and forth, tying the game up four more times.

Loyola was able to take a lead twice in overtime, but Canisius tied the game back up with free throws. Two charity shots by Ashley Durham took a one-point lead for the Griffs at the 30-second mark.

But in the final 10 seconds, McKenzie and Grant perfectly executed the trick play, and edged the Griffs by one.