Feb. 21, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Alyssa Sutherland recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Loyola outscored visiting Manhattan 38-12 in the second half to post its eighth consecutive victory with a come-from-behind 60-45 win over the Jaspers Monday night in Reitz Arena.
Sutherland, who scored the first eight points of the second half and 11 straight going back to the final sequence of the first half, sparked a 24-4 run that spanned both halves and helped the Greyhounds turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead.
While Sutherland was igniting the offense, she also was leading the Greyhounds' defense which did not allow a Jaspers field goal for the first 8:34 of the second half and only allowed two baskets for the entire final 20 minutes.
The comeback erased a Loyola slow start which found Manhattan scoring 12 straight to build a 17-3 lead seven minutes into the contest. The Greyhounds got as close as five on a three-pointer from senior forward Meredith Tolley with 8:26 left, capping a 10-1 Loyola run. But the Jaspers scored 15 of the next 21 points and led 33-19 with 25 seconds left before halftime.
Despite a Sutherland three-point play with one second remaining, the Jaspers still led 33-22 at the half. Freshman Monica Roeder scored nearly half of her team's first-half output with 16 points, making four three-pointers.
Trailing 35-30 less than four minutes into the second half, the Greyhounds scored eight straight to grab the lead and were never headed. After senior forward Meredith Tolley fed graduate student Erica DiClemente for a three-pointer, she tied the game on an assist from Sutherland with 15:48 to play. Loyola took the lead on a Tolley free throw and extended it to 38-35 on a fade-away jump shot from sophomore guard Katie Sheahin to end the eight-point run.
Two Manhattan free throws brought the Jaspers to within one on its possession, but a DiClemente three-pointer started Loyola on a 22-8 run to finish the final 13 minutes of the game and the Greyhounds coasted to their eighth straight victory.
The Greyhounds had four players in double-figures: Sutherland scored 17 points, Sheahin scored 15 points, while Tolley had 13 points and DiClemente finished with 11 points in the game.
Manhattan falls to 19-8 and 11-5 in the MAAC and Loyola moves to 17-10 and 14-2 in the conference, winning eight straight for the first time since the 1993-1994 season.
The Greyhounds will travel to Iona to face the Gaels on Friday, February 25. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.