Loyola Powers Past Fairfield, 70-56

Feb. 19, 2011


Bridgeport, Conn.- Junior Miriam McKenzie tied her career-high with 23 points to lead the Greyhounds over Fairfield, 70-56, on Saturday afternoon giving Loyola its seventh straight victory of the season.

The Greyhounds had four players in double figures. Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while senior forward Meredith Tolley chipped in 16 points and added 5 caroms. Graduate student Erica DiClemente hit 2-3 from behind the arc to finish with 10 in the game.

The Stags took a three-point lead early in the first half, 10-7, with 13:46 left to play. The Greyhounds responded, going on 14-2 run that spanned over the next four minutes to surpass a three-point deficit and take their largest lead of the half, 21-12.

Fairfield then scored the next seven points to cut Loyola's lead to two with just under six minutes left in the first half. Diclemente converted two free throws and sophomore Alyssa Sutherland converted a steal into a fast break lay up to end Fairfield's scoring run.

The Greyhounds had an impressive shooting performance, hitting five of eight three-point shots in the first half and headed into the break up, 30-25. Loyola's stringent defense kept Fairfield at bay while the Greyhounds continued to convert on the other end. McKenzie scored six straight points during a 10-3 Loyola run right before the midway mark of the second half.The Greyhounds shot a perfect 14 of 14 from the charity stripe in the final half to close out the game, winning by a final score of 70-56.

Junior forward Taryn Johnson led the Stags with 20 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots. Junior guard Desiree Pina added 13 points and seven rebounds.

The victory is the first win for Loyola at the Webster Bank Arena since the 2005-2006 season and the first series sweep against Fairfield since the 1994, when the Greyhounds beat the Stags three separate times in a season that ended in the opening round of NCAA Tournament.

The win moves Loyola to 16-10 overall and 13-2 in the MAAC, while Fairfield falls to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in conference play.

The Greyhounds will be back in action on Monday, February 21, as they return to Reitz Arena to face Manhattan. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.