Feb. 8, 2009
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist used a 17-2 first-half run to take control of a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game and defeat visiting Loyola, 86-53, Sunday afternoon in the McCann Center.
Leading 18-8 with 11:19 on the clock in the first half after Loyola's Siobhan Prior hit one of her four 3-pointers, Marist scored 17 of the next 19 points, seven by Rachele Fitz, to go ahead 35-10 with just over five minutes left before the break.
Fitz finished with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds and was one of four Red Foxes (21-3 overall, 12-2 MAAC) in double-figures.
"Fitz is a great player, and Julianne Vianni is wonderful, too, but Marist is very dangerous because of the depth that they have," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "The bottom line is, though, that we have to make shots, especially on the road."
Marist scored the first 12 points of the game before a Candice Walker jumper with 15:39 to go put Loyola (8-15, 3-10) on the board.
Ashley Alexander helped trim the Red Foxes' lead some in the first half, scoring 12 points, nine coming on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range, in the first half.
Alexander and Prior tied for team-high honors with 14 points each. Walker scored nine for the Greyhounds off the bench.
Loyola scored on its first three possessions of the second half, with Prior converting a layup on the second and a 3-point on the third, but Marist scored the next eight points to take a 56-31 advantage with less than 16 minutes remaining in the game.
Prior matched her career-high for the Greyhounds with four 3-pointers made. She finished 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
In addition to Fitz's 18, Corielle Yarde and Erica Allenspach each had 11, while Julianne Vianne scored 10.
The Greyhounds return to action on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 5 p.m. when they host Niagara in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.