Furious 2nd Half Rally Lifts Women's Basketball Past Iona

Feb. 10, 2012

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team outscored Iona College, 41-23, in the second half, as the Greyhounds rallied to defeat the Gaels, 66-60 at Reitz Arena on Friday evening.

Katie Sheahin highlighted the victory by passing Lorrie Schenning to become the all-time career steals leader in Loyola women's basketball history with 251 early in the first half, and then later became the 20th player in Greyhound history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark with a pair of free throws.

Sheahin finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Miriam McKenzie led the team with 22 points and 11 boards for her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career.

The victory was the fourth-straight for the Greyhounds (11-13, 7-6 MAAC) and the third-straight over Iona (10-13, 6-6 MAAC).

Iona led 37-25 at the break, thanks to 42.4-percent shooting from the floor, including seven-of-16 from downtown. Freshman Damika Martinez had 16 first-half points, hitting four 3-pointers.

But the Greyhounds held the Gaels to 26.7-percent in the second half while outrebounding Iona 27-12 and held Martinez to just three second-half points. Freshman Kara Marshall scored all 15 of her points in the second half for Loyola, going 5-of-9 from the floor.

Nneka Offodile was a big part of the rebounding effort, pulling down a career-high 13 boards with eight coming in the second half.

Tomica Babic gave Iona its largest lead of the game at the 19:30 mark of the second half, hitting a short jumper to put the Gaels on top 39-25.

The Greyhounds then went on a tear, sprinting out on an 18-2 run that gave Loyola a, 43-41, lead with 10:09 remaining in the game. It was the first lead for the Greyhounds since holding an 8-7 advantage at the 16:30 mark of the first half.

Marshall had 12 points during the stretch, capping the run with a driving layup.

After Babic hit a 3-pointer with 5:42 left to put Iona back on top, 51-48, Loyola went on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes to put the game away and take a 61-53 lead with less than a minute to go.

McKenzie had seven points during the stretch, including a clutch 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and just over a minute remaining that gave the Greyhounds a 59-53 lead.

Sheahin and Marshall closed out the game by connecting on five-straight free throws to seal the victory for Loyola, which improved to 10-4 in afternoon games this season.

The Greyhounds finish-up their four-game homestand on Sunday afternoon, when they host Fairfield at noon at Reitz Arena.