Grant's Career-High 24 Not Enough As Women's Basketball Falls Short To Manhattan

Feb. 15, 2009

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Baltimore, Md. - Kaitlin Grant scored a career-high 24 points and had 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year, but Loyola fell to Manhattan 60-54 at Reitz Arena in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon.

The game was played in front of 1,294 young girls as Loyola College hosted the fifth-annual Women In Sports Day. Hundreds of area kindergarten-8th grade girls enjoyed a full day of fun and excitement and contributed to the largest crowd in the history of the event.

After falling behind the Jaspers by as many as 13 points in the second half, the Greyhounds fought back and pulled to within three points on two occasions in the final three minutes of play, both off Grant layups.

"We dug ourselves too deep of a hole when we made some mistakes, turned the ball over and then allowed them some good looks," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Siobhan (Prior) and Kaitlin did a nice job of getting to the basket and scoring, but we couldn't turn the corner completely."

At the 2:48 mark, down 53-48, Ashley Alexander picked up the rebound after a Kelly Regan miss and found Grant down low for the two-point basket to come within three, 53-50.

Manhattan then stepped up the foul line and made four quick points to go up seven with 55 seconds left in the game.

Siobhan Prior and Grant each made a lay-ups, and Loyola was back within three again, 57-54 with 27 seconds remaining.

The Jaspers would take the stand at the foul stripe once again, sinking 3-of-6 to take the final margin of victory.

Prior finished the game with 15 total points and two assists and Candice Walker chipped in six with four assists.

For the Jaspers, Kelly Regan had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Alyssa Herrington finished with 13 points.

The Greyhounds hit the road to face Canisius on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m., in Buffalo.