Canisius' First Half Run Lifts The Griffins Past Loyola, 61-44

Feb. 20, 2009

Box Score

Buffalo, N.Y. - Loyola fought hard and pulled within three early on, but Canisius ended the first half on a 20-5 run and carried over the momentum into the second to take a 61-44 victory over Loyola in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday evening.

Kaitlin Grant scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and Siobhan Prior chipped in 12 points. Candace Walker finished the game with 10 points, six boards and five assists.

Marie Warner scored a game-high 17 points for the Griffins and Brittane Russell finished with eight points and six assists.

After falling by six in the early minutes, the Greyhounds went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-6 lead off a Grant free-throw. Canisius' Ellie Radke answered with two quick lay-ups to regain control of the lead. The Griffins then scored five points from an Amanda Cavo lay-up and a Russell 3-pointer to go up seven, 16-9.

Loyola would then cut the Canisius lead to three after a Prior two-point bucket, but the Griffins continued on a 20-5 run to finish the half ahead, 36-18.

The Greyhounds started the second half on a 9-4 run with a two-point basket from Grant and then a fast-break lay-up from Walker, to cut the deficit to 16

In the next Loyola possession, Prior found an opening behind the arc for three and Melissa Bangay followed with a lay-up to pull within 13, 40-27..Warner scored nine of her 17 in the last 15 minutes of play to help the Griffins take the win.

Loyola continues its final road trip weekend with a matchup against Niagara on Sunday at 2 p.m.