March 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior Katie Sheahin put the Greyhounds up by one before Manhattan College scored with less than a second remaining in regulation, to give Loyola University Maryland a 50-49 loss in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
Sheahin scored a team-high 13 points, while sophomore Kara Marshall chipped in 11 for the Greyhounds.
With less than 15 seconds remaining in the second half, Loyola scored on a jumper intended for Sheahin, putting the Greyhounds up by one, 49-48. Seconds later Manhattan’s Monica Roeder scored her own jumper to give the Jaspers the one-point lead to advance to the quarterfinals.
The game was back and forth, as the lead changed 13 times, with both teams leading by no more than six points.
The Greyhounds were the first team to post a double-digit score, as Loyola and Manhattan scored single digits for the first 15 minutes of action. Rookie Diana Logan knocked in a pair of free throws to give the Greyhounds a 10-9 advantage.
Loyola was up by as much as four after a Nai Brown jumper, one minute remaining before the half, but a Manhattan three-point basket cut the lead to one, and the Greyhounds entered the locker room, 18-17.
The Greyhounds scored 12 points off turnovers, as Loyola recorded eight steals to the Jaspers three during the first 20 minutes. Loyola also led in the paint, on fast breaks, and in bench points. The two teams tied with two second chance points apiece.
To open the second half, Nicole Krusen connected on a baseline basket, only 22 seconds after the ball was put back into action. The teams went on to trade three-point baskets, as the first four shots were three-point field goals. Shots from downtown came in pairs, as both teams countered with opposing three-point field goals on four separate occasions.
Senior Alyssa Sutherland connected on a three-point shot to knot the game at 38, but Manhattan countered with a 6-0 run after a pair of Toni-Ann Lawrence free throws. Lawrence scored a game-high 15 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
Marshall stopped the Jaspers run with a right-side baseline three-point field goal, which cut the deficit to three. After a timeout, Steph Smith forced a Manhattan turnover, and sent the ball to Nai Brown, cutting the Jaspers lead to one. A pair of Marshall free throws returned the lead to Loyola for the fourth time in the second half. Lawrence countered with her own layup, but Sheahin returned with a pair of shots from the charity stripe to give Loyola a 47-46 lead.
The Greyhounds went 10-15 from the line, while shooting 35 percent from the field.
Junior Nneka Offodile led Loyola’s rebounding effort with six boards, while Sutherland recorded two blocks in her final appearance in the green and grey jersey.
Sheahin grabbed five steals, a program-record of 347 during her time as a Greyhound.
Loyola ends the season 12-18, 7-11 in MAAC play.