EASTON, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team shot 25.4 percent from the floor, while Lafayette College hit 42.0 percent of its shots, in a 58-46 loss to the Leopards in the first round of the Patriot League Championships inside Kirby Sports Center.
The first half included four lead changes and one tied score before Lafayette (14-16, 6-12) used an 8-0 run to lead by as much as seven, 22-15, with just under four minutes remaining before the break.
With 2:45 left in the first half, Perry put the Greyhounds back on the board with a pair of free throws, but the Leopards continued to add to their lead, gaining their largest advantage of the half, 27-19, on a 3-pointer from Linnel Macklin with 1:29 left.
The Greyhounds weren't done fighting, as Marshall and Diana Logan closed out the half with back-to-back treys for Loyola. Marshall's buzzer-beater half-court 3-pointer pulled the Greyhounds within four, 29-25, heading into the locker room.
Lafayette drained a pair of free throws to open the half before Loyola hit back-to-back field goals to cut its deficit to one, 31-30, with 16:08 to play. The Leopards answered with a 13-0 run to lead by 14, 44-30, with 12:52 left to play, before Logan once again came off the bench and put the Greyhounds back on the board for the first time in nearly five and a half minutes. The junior guard's paint points sparked a 6-0 run for the Greyhounds, pulling the team within eight, 44-36, with 8:19 remaining.
Coming out of the under-eight media timeout, Lafayette's Emily Homan gave the Leopard's a double-digit lead on a pair of free throws, 46-36, but Marshall knocked down a field goal two possessions later to give Loyola its final single-digit deficit of the night, 46-38, as Lafayette went on to win, 58-46.
Both teams shot 100-percent from the charity stripe, a season-best for the Greyhounds (9-of-9).
Lafayette's Jamie O'Hare led the Leopards with 16 points, while Macklin chipped in 12 and Ashley Lutz recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.