Feb. 17, 2013
Lawrenceville, N.J. - A second half rally fell short for Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball, as the Greyhounds fell to the Rider University Broncs, 56-41, in a televised ESPN3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup.
Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with 13 points, while junior Nneka Offodile recorded her second double digit score since non-conference play at UMBC. Sheahin and classmate Alyssa Sutherland led the rebounding effort with seven boards each. Offodile was one board shy of the team high, recording six rebounds against the Broncs.
The Greyhounds left the locker room at halftime down by 14, but a 13-0 run four minutes into the half, shortened the deficit to four. Sophomore guard Nai Brown scored five of the 13 points, during the six minute run.
A pair of Kara Marshall free throws put Loyola down by two, but moments later Rider’s Emily Fazzini continued to impact the scoreboard, posting eight points for the Broncs.
A Fazzini jumper with five minutes left in regulation gave Rider a five-point lead, but Sheahin countered with a layup to cut the deficit back down to three. As Fazzini continued her eight-point run, the guard connected on her third three-point field goal, 45-39. Offodile put the final points on the board for the Greyhounds, with a pair of baskets from the free throw line, as Rider went on to score ten points, six of which came from shots at the charity strip.
Loyola (10-15, 5-9 MAAC) went to the charity stripe eight times in only two minutes of second half action, connecting on seven of its eight attempts.
Offodile and Marshall made one hundred percent of their shots from the line, while Sheahin went 5-6 from the charity stripe.
Rider’s (13-12, 8-6 MAAC) MyNeshia McKenzie led all scorers with 17 points, while Fazzini and Sironda Chambers added 15 and 12, respectively. McKenzie recorded her tenth double-double of the season, grabbing 12 boards and three steals.
Loyola’s bench outscored Rider’s, 16-2, but the Broncs were able to capitalize on 16 points off second chance opportunities.
Loyola continues the final push into the end of the regular season with a trip to Iona College Friday, February 22. Tip is set for 7 p.m.