ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Loyola University Maryland women's basketball scored the second half's first nine points to turn a 29-22 deficit into a two-point advantage, but the U.S. Naval Academy came back to hold off the Greyhounds for a 59-50 Patriot League decision Saturday night at Alumni Hall.
The lead changed hands eight times in the first half before the Midshipmen (16-13 overall, 10-8 Patriot League) scored eight of the stanza's last 10 points to build a seven-point advantage at the break.
Steph Smith hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, and Jeneh Perry followed with a layup 1:08 into the second half to draw the Greyhounds within a pair, 29-27. Two Nai Brown jumpers put Loyola in front, 31-29, at 18:05, forcing a Navy timeout.
The Midshipmen's Chloe Stapelton knocked down a three out of the timeout, and Navy was back in front. Brown gave the Greyhounds a final advantage, 33-32, at 16:49, but Taylor Dunham pulled up for a jumper at 16:19, and Navy regained the lead for good.
Navy led by six before a Perry layup and two Brown free throws made it 44-42 Midshipmen with 10:53 left, but 3-pointers on back-to-back possession by Peri Curtis and Taylor Dunham pushed Navy in front by eight, 50-42.
Brown led all scorers with a season-high 18 points, and Perry logged her second career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, but she was the only other Loyola player to score more than four points in the game.
Dunham scored 12 to lead a balanced Navy scoring output that saw five other players tally six or more.
Loyola did have a 44-33 advantage in the rebounding column. In addition to Perry's 13, Kara Marshall grabbed a career-high 10 boards for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds will open play in the Patriot League Championships on Wednesday, March 4, when they will take on either Colgate University or Lafayette College in the First Round. Check back to LoyolaGreyhounds.com for details.