BALTIMORE - Despite leading by as many as six point in the first half, Loyola University Maryland women's basketball was outscored by Army West Point in the third quarter and ultimately fell to the Black Knights, 52-44, Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
Senior Jeneh Perry scored a game-best 18 points and tied a career-high set earlier this year against Boston University. She also pulled down a game-best nine rebounds, including three offensive and six defensive boards. Senior Colleen Marshall chipped in 13 points for the Greyhounds (9-13 overall, 6-5 Patriot League), while junior Lisa Mirarchi tied a career-high four steals.
Despite holding a three-point lead at halftime, 22-19, Loyola was outscored by Army West Point (19-2, 10-1), in the third quarter, 20-10.
The Black Knights opened the frame with seven-unanswered points to take control of the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Army West Point had three players in double figures, led by Kelsey Minato with 15. Aimee Oertner scored 12 points, while Madison Hovren chipped in 10.
For the second-straight game, Loyola recorded the first basket of the contest, but Army West Point responded by using a 7-0 run to lead by as many as five, 7-2, at the under-five minute media timeout.
The Greyhounds went on to use a 7-2 run of their own to knot the score 9-9, before Mirarchi sparked a 10-4 run in the second quarter to help the Greyhounds lead by as many as six, 21-15, with 1:32 to play in the half. Army West Point went on to score four of the frame's final five points, cutting Loyola's halftime lead to three, 22-19.
In the first two quarters combined, Loyola forced Army West Point to commit nine turnovers, while the Greyhounds scored 11 points off the Black Knights' misfortunes.
Loyola returns to action Wednesday when the Greyhounds travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to take on the United States Naval Academy at 7 p.m.