March 6, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. - Marist shot 50-percent from the field in the first half and held Loyola to just 5-of-26 from the field, setting the tone for a 81-27 victory Friday afternoon in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Quarterfinals at the Times Union Center.
The loss ends the Greyhounds' season, and Marist (27-3 overall) moves on to the MAAC Semifinals where the Red Foxes will play the winner of Iona and Saint Peter's.
Loyola (10-20) trailed by just five on a Meredith Tolley 3-pointer with 14:59 to go in the first half, but Marist used a 19-3 run over the next 8:37 to go ahead 29-8.
During the run, Marist scored 15 of its 19 points via the 3-pointer. The Red Foxes finished with eight field goals from behind the arc.
Loyola did not fare much better in the second, as the Greyhounds shot just 15.4-percent percent from the field in the game. The 27 points marked the fourth-lowest output by Loyola in school history.
"Marist is an incredible team," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "They do so many things right, not just on offense, but on defense. We spent so much energy yesterday (in a 68-63 win over Manhattan), and we had trouble keeping it up today."
Rachele Fitz led all scorers with 15 points for Marist, leading five Marist players in double-figures.
Kaitlin Grant led the Greyhounds with her third-straight double-double to close the season. She finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Grant totaled eight double-doubles for the season.
Prior closed her Greyhounds' career with eight points.