Feb. 25, 2011
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Katie Sheahin scored a career-high 28 points, and Miriam McKenzie matched hers with 23, leading the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball to a comeback victory, 83-80, in overtime against host Iona College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday night.
Sheahin made 10-of-19 from the field and sank two free throws with two seconds left to provide the final difference.
McKenzie was 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and had a team-best 12 rebounds for a double-double. Erica DiClemente also reached double-digits in two categories, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Loyola (18-10 overall, 15-2 MAAC) trailed by as many as 17, 63-46, as Milica Paligoric made a 3-pointer with just 6:06 left in regulation.
Sheahin, however, scored seven in a row to cut the Gaels (11-18, 7-10) lead to 10 with 4:48 in the second half.
After a Jessica Scannell layup for Iona, McKenzie made two free throws, followed by a traditional 3-point play by Alyssa Sutherland, pulling the Greyhounds within seven, 65-58.
Iona went back up by double digits, 69-58, with 2:14 on the clock as Marissa Flagg sank a jumper, but just over a minute later Loyola would make it a three-point game as Candice Walker stole the ball from the Gaels and fed McKenzie for a layup and free throw after she was fouled.
McKenzie's free throw made it 70-67 Iona with 1:06 on the game clock, and a Sheahin layup with 17 ticks left in regulation cut the Gaels lead to one.
Loyola fouled Flagg, and she converted on just 1-of-2 at the line, giving the Greyhounds a chance to tie.
Flagg then was whistled for a foul on Sheahin who made two free throws with eight seconds left, forcing extra time.
McKenzie made a jumper on Loyola's first overtime possession, and the Greyhounds never trailed from that point forward.
The win was the Greyhounds second in a row via a major comeback. They trailed Manhattan by 14 late in the first half on Monday night at Reitz Arena only to rally for a 60-45 victory.
Loyola's win streak is now extended to nine straight games and matches the program record for consecutive victories. The last Greyhounds team to win nine straight games was in during the 1993-1994 season when Loyola won its last nine games before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Loyola, which has clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAAC Championships, closes the regular season on Sunday when it hosts Saint Peter's at 12 noon. The game is also Women In Sports Day with many fun activities for girls.