BALTIMORE - Senior Colleen Marshall drove the length of the floor and pulled back for the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team a 44-42 victory over the United States Naval Academy in the quarterfinal round of the 2015-16 Patriot League Championship Friday night in Reitz Arena.
With the win, the third-seeded Greyhounds (15-15 overall, 11-7 Patriot League) record their first-ever postseason victory as a member of the Patriot League and advance to the semifinal round to face No. 2 Bucknell Friday in West Point, New York. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Up by four with less than one minute to play in the fourth quarter, senior Jeneh Perry knocked down her second of two free throws to hand Loyola its largest lead of the contest, 42-37. Navy (15-15, 9-9) went on to score five-unanswered points to tie the score at 42 though, including a 3-point field goal by Taylor Dunham with eight seconds remaining.
Following the basket, Marshall inbounded the ball from graduate student Steph Smith and dashed up the court as the seconds ticked off the clock. The senior stepped inside the arc and knocked down the game-winning basket for the second time this season.
Loyola shot 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the floor in the fourth quarter.
Perry and sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 13 points each, while the pair grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively. Smith dished out four assists, while Marshall recorded seven points, three assists and three steals.
Despite being outscored, 19-7, in the first quarter, Loyola held the Midshipmen to less than 10 points in each of the following frames. With 6:44 to play in the second quarter, Navy led by as many as 14 points, 23-9, but Betz-White went on to score eight-unanswered points to pull the Greyhounds within single digits, 23-17, until the fourth quarter.
Loyola outscored Navy, 15-9, in the final frame, including using a 4-0 run that saw the Greyhounds take their largest, lead of the game, 42-37, on Perry's free throw with 37 seconds to go.
Sarita Condie led Navy with 11 points, while the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Justice Swett, grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.