WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Colleen Marshall scored a game-high 16 points to lead three Loyola University Maryland women's basketball players in double figures, as the Greyhounds completed the season sweep and defeated American University, 55-50, Saturday afternoon in Bender Arena.
Along with Marshall, sophomore Bri Betz-White scored 15 points, while senior Jeneh Perry recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Graduate student Steph Smith chipped in eight points, recording a team-best three steals.
Loyola (13-15 overall, 10-7 Patriot League) scored three of its five treys in the first quarter, as Smith and Marshall used bookend 3-pointers to help the Greyhounds lead by as many as three, 11-8, at the horn.
Defensively, the Greyhounds held American (6-23,4-13) to less than 10 points in both the first and second quarters, forcing the Eagles to commit 11 turnovers during that time. Loyola took advantage of American's offensive miscues, and led by as many as six, 19-13, with 2:37 to play in the second frame.
The Eagles chipped away at their deficit to pull within two at the half, 19-17, while the third quarter was a battle that included four tied scores in the first three minutes of the frame.
Over the next five minutes, the two teams made a combined total of 12 trips to the free-throw line, after Loyola didn't take a single free-throw attempt and American shot 2-for-2 in the first half.
Betz-White closed out the third quarter with five-unanswered points, giving the Greyhounds a six-point lead, 40-34, at the end of the frame.
The Eagles opened the final quarter with back-to-back treys to knot the score, 40-40, but Loyola used an 8-2 run to lead by as many as six, 48-42, and gain control of the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Loyola shot 16-of-18 from the charity stripe, taking all 18 attempts in the second half.
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, Loyola has put together three-straight wins.
Loyola returns home Wednesday night to host College of the Holy Cross in a matchup to determine seeding for the 2015-16 Patriot League Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.