EASTON, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland women's basketball kept fighting offensively in the final six second of the game against Lafayette College, but the Greyhounds ultimately could not top the Leopards, 69-63, Wednesday evening in the Kirby Sports Center.
Loyola (6-18 overall, 4-9 Patriot League) gained an early lead, but Lafayette used an 11-3 run to lead the Greyhounds by four, 25-21, with eight-and-a-half minutes left in the first half.
Marshall hit a deep three to keep the Greyhounds within striking distance, down 25-24, before sophomore Lisa Mirarchi and Marshall hit shots to tie the score, 27-27, for the fourth time in nearly 13 minutes of action.
From there, the lead changed five more times before the end of the half, but it was the Leopards that held a two-point advantage entering the locker room, 39-37.
Both teams shot 45 percent in the first 20 minutes, while the Greyhounds were stronger behind the arc, connecting on five of their 10 3-point field goal attempts.
Out of the break, senior Steph Smith came out shooting and knocked down a 3-pointer in the first 1:08 of play to give the Greyhounds a one-point advantage, 40-39.
Lafayette (12-12, 5-8) responded with an 11-2 run to regain control of the lead, 50-42, with 15:30 left to play.
Neither team scored a field goal over the next five minutes, while all the points were collected at the charity stripe for the Greyhounds and Leopards.
With 10:31 remaining in the game, Lauren Daugherty halted the field-goal drought, knocking down a trey to pull the Greyhounds within three, 50-47.
Lafayette continued to slowly extend its advantage, leading by double-digits for the first time all game, 64-54. The Leopards led by as much as 12 points, 66-54, on an Emily Homan layup, but back-to-back field goals by Colleen and Kara Marshall pulled Loyola within seven, 68-61, with 35 seconds left to play.
Foul trouble sent Lafayette's Jamie O'Hare to the line and helped the Leopards extend their lead, 69-61, but Loyola's last second effort by Brown pulled the game within six, 69-63.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday to host Boston University for Play4Kay Day. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., from inside Reitz Arena.