BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team used a strong second quarter to pull away from College of the Holy Cross and hold on for the 58-45 win Wednesday evening on Senior Night in Reitz Arena.
The win secured third place in the Patriot League regular season and the No. 3 seed in the 2015-16 Patriot League Tournament for the Greyhounds (14-15 overall, 11-7 Patriot League). Loyola will move on to host sixth-seeded Navy in the quarterfinal round Monday night at Reitz Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Seniors Jeneh Perry and Colleen Marshall led the Greyhounds with 14 points, while Perry grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore Bri Betz-White added 10 points and six assists.
With 7:25 to play in the second quarter, Holy Cross (13-16, 10-8) led by as many as eight points, 20-12, but Marshall sparked a 10-2 run that ended with a layup by Perry to knot the score at 22 with 2:30 to play in the frame.
The two teams traded baskets over the next minute and a half to once again find themselves in a tied ballgame, 24-24, but Perry dodged the double team and gave Loyola the field goal it needed to control the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Holy Cross pulled within as few as three at the beginning of both the third and fourth quarters, but Loyola's sharp shooting and persistent defense held off the Crusaders until the final horn.
Loyola shot 40-percent or better for the eighth time this season, outshooting Holy Cross 40.0 -- 35.8 percent.
For the fifth-straight game, Loyola's defense took better care of the ball than its opponent. The Greyhounds forced the Crusaders to commit 20 turnovers, while holding a 10-6 advantage in steals.
Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led Holy Cross with 12 points, while Molly Hourigan recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.