Feb. 27, 2011
BALTIMORE - A Loyola University Maryland 3-pointer with time expiring fell just short, and Saint Peter's College held off a late Greyhounds' rally, as the Peahens' won the regular-season finale, 60-57, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon.
Loyola honored three players - graduate student Erica DiClemente and seniors Melissa Bangay and Meredith Tolley - before the game who took the court at Reitz Arena for the final time. It was also Women In Sports Day at Reitz Arena, and 1,026 fans enjoyed the game.
The Greyhounds tried to rally from six down with less than 30 seconds to play. Nicole Krusen swished a three from the top of the perimeter to cut Saint Peter's lead back to three, and Katie Sheahin stole the inbounds pass, but a Loyola three with time expiring went off the front of the rim.
Sheahin recorded a double-double 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Miriam McKenzie scored 17 to lead all players. Jynae Judson led the Peahens with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Aziza May scored 10.
Saint Peter's (5-24, 5-13) went ahead by five, 40-35, with 12:57 left on an eight-foot Aminah Davis jumper. Two Quiana Porter free throws on the next Peahens' possession made it a seven-point lead, but Erica DiClemente's layup pulled the Greyhounds back within five just under 12 minutes to play.
Jynae Judson's layup off an out-of-bounds play pushed Saint Peter's advantage back to six, but McKenzie sank a 10-footer on the offensive end for Loyola to cut it to 44-39.
McKenzie then made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to three, but Aziza May's layup lifted it back to five for the Peahens.
Porter made the Saint Peter's lead six, 50-44, collecting an offensive rebound off her own miss and putting it back in for two. Teresa Manigrasso scored on the Peahens' next possession to make it 52-44.
Sheahin driving layup made it 52-46, but she missed an ensuing free throw that would have cut it back to five. Lauren Morris then made 1-of-2 at the line for Saint Peter's before Sheahin converted another layup to pull Loyola within five, 53-48.
The sophomore guard made it six-straight for Loyola, converting her third steal of the game into a layup. Saint Peter's lead was cut to 53-50 with less than two minutes to go.
After a Saint Peter's 3-point attempt went out of bounds off Loyola, Judson scored for the Peahens, extending their lead back to five. Loyola missed a three on its end, and Judson was fouled, making 1-of-2 free throws.
McKenzie wasted no time for Loyola, driving to the basket for two, cutting the Peahens' lead back to four, 56-52. Judson was fouled for Saint Peter's and made both free throws after McKenzie's layup.
Sheahin used a stutter-step at the top of the perimeter to go to the basket for two with 24 ticks left, bring the Greyhounds within four.
Loyola fouled Jessica Coles of Saint Peter's who converted on both from the charity stripe to make it a 60-54 Peahens lead.
Loyola scored the game's first six points, but Saint Peter's took its first lead of the game on a banked-in three by Khadijah Young with 6:36 to go.
DiClemente knocked down a three of her own two possessions later to put the Greyhounds back in front, 20-18. The Peahens came back to take a second lead, extending it to three, 25-22, before a McKenzie layup made it a one-point game.
Saint Peter's, however, took its advantage back to three, 29-23, on a Quiana Porter layup with four seconds to go before halftime.
The Greyhounds (18-11 overall, 15-3 MAAC) will be the No. 2 seed at the upcoming Spark Energy MAAC Championships in Bridgeport, Conn. Loyola will play the winner of No. 7 Canisius-No. 10 Niagara at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.