Feb. 26, 2010
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Two three-pointers by Katie Sheahin in the last four minutes pushed the Loyola women's basketball team past Manhattan, Friday afternoon at Draddy Gymnasium.
In a do-or-die Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game, Sheahin's clutch play down the stretch helped the `Hounds to a 45-41 win and a shot at a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament.
The freshman guard led Loyola (13-15, 8-9 MAAC) with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a career-tying four steals. Miriam McKenzie finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and Kaitlin Grant finished with seven points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Grant's three swipes give her a total of 70 for the season - just five away from tying Loyola's single-season record of 75.
Manhttan's (14-14, 9-8 MAAC) Lindsey Loutsenhizer contributed a little more than half of the Jasper's points. Loutsenhizer connected on nine shots from the field and three from behind the arc to finish with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Michelle Pacheco and Abby Wentworth each netted eight.
Loyola fell behind early in the second half but continued to play the Jaspers close.
Wentworth hit two free throws with exactly four minutes left in the game, leaving Loyola trailing 38-36. Sheahin then buried a three from the corner on the next possession, giving the Greyhounds their first lead since late in the first half.
But Wentworth tied the game a minute later with another free throw, and the score remained tied at 39-all for nearly two minutes until Tolley knocked down two charity shots of her own.
With just over a minute left, Manhattan turned the ball over when Sheahin stripped it from Pacheco under the basket. Sheahin hit Grant down low, and Grant kicked the ball out to Tolley in the left corner. With only 39 second left, Sheahin caught a no-look pass from Tolley and swished an off-balance three, putting the `Hounds up 44-39.
With 18 seconds left, Loutsenhizer made it a one-possession game by rolling in a layup. But Sheahin hit a game-winning free throw five seconds later.
Loyola will close out the 2009-2010 season Sunday, at Reitz Arena, in what will ultimately be a tie-breaking contest against Siena. The Saints' handed Rider a 58-48 win Friday, giving them an 8-9 MAAC record identical to Loyola's. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.