Feb. 7, 2013
Niagara University, N.Y. - A strong second half comeback fell short, as Loyola University Maryland fell to the Niagara Purple Eagles, 58-47, in the Gallagher Center.
The Purple Eagles (11-11, 6-5 MAAC) led by as much as 14 points, with just over 12 minutes in the second half. Kelly Van Leeuwen connected on a free throw that sent the score 40-26, in favor of Niagara.
Loyola took the next possession and countered with back-to-back jumpers by Logan and Sheahin, but a Lauren Gatto layup returned deficit to 14. Gatto tabbed the only double-double of the contest, scoring 16 points and ten rebounds for the Purple Eagles. Gatto was one of two players in double digits, as Meghan McGuinness led the game with 19 points and seven rebounds.
With just under six minutes in regulation, Sheahin and junior Nicole Krusen connected on two shots from behind the arc, giving the Greyhounds their first single-digit deficit of the second half.
Three-point field goals came in pairs for Loyola, as Krusen and Sheahin capitalized on their success from three-point range twice, both occurring in pairs for the duo.
The Greyhounds were down by as few as eight, after a Nneka Offodile layup, but a single free throw-layup combination by the Purple Eagles extended the Niagara lead.
In the final two minutes, Nai Brown's three-point run was the final scoring offense for the green and grey, as McGuinness made three trips to the charity stripe to end in the game in a double-digit deficit.
The Greyhounds continue the second leg of the western New York trip, taking on the Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m.