Feb. 24, 2008
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Siobhan Prior made a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, sending the game to overtime, but host Canisius made 9-of-14 free throws for a 59-56 win over Loyola on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Micayla Drysdale made two free throws with just over five seconds to play in regulation, giving the Golden Griffins (12-16 overall, 7-10 MAAC) a 48-45 lead.
Vika Sholokhova inbounded the ball to Meghan Wood in the corner, and Wood handed the ball off to Prior. She dribbled through traffic down the right sideline and pulled up in front of Loyola's bench, swishing a three as the buzzer sounded to tie the score.
"Siobhan made a big three to send the game to overtime," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We didn't hit our free throws late in the second half, though, and that put us in that position."
In the overtime period, Sholokhova made a 3-pointer to put Loyola (12-15, 7-10) ahead, 51-50 with 4:18 to play, but Brittnae Russell made two free throws to give Canisius the advantage on its next possession.
Laura Buetow made 1-of-2 from the line after Candice Walker missed a three, but Prior then hit a pull-up jumper with 2:01 remaining, tying the game at 53-53.
Canisius, which was just 1-of-4 from the field in the extra period, made 4-of-6 free throws on its next three possessions to take a 57-53 advantage with 33 seconds left.
Devon Carey made 1-of-2 from the line of the Greyhounds next possession to narrow the Golden Griffins' advantage to three.
Loyola fouled Russell on the inbounds play following Carey's made free throw, and the Canisius sophomore guard missed both attempts.
Prior missed a three from the right side, but Meredith Tolley rebounded the miss and laid it off the glass to pull Loyola within one, 57-56 with just over second second left.
Drysdale, who was 6-of-6 from the line in the game and led all scorers with 19 points, made both free throws with six seconds remaining to provide the final difference. A Sholokhova three at the buzzer in overtime fell short.
Sholokhova led the Greyhounds with 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Tolley finished with 10, and Tynisha Davis and Prior each scored nine.
"Vika did a good job on the boards, and she made some nice shots," Logan said. "She was 5-of-11 from the field, but there were a few that we'd like to have back because she missed some relatively easy looks."
Russell finished with 18 points, and Amanda Cavo had 10 for Canisius. The Golden Griffins were 19-of-27 from the free-throw line, but Loyola was just 13-of-21.
The Greyhounds finish MAAC regular-season play on Senior Day at Reitz Arena on Sunday, March 1. Loyola hosts Fairfield at 2 p.m. The game is also a part of the NCAA's "Take A Kid To A Game" Program, and the College will offer free youth tickets to those attending with a paying adult.