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WEST POINT, N.Y. - The third-seeded Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team saw its remarkable season come to a close Saturday night with a 69-51 loss to top-seeded Army West Point in the title game of the Patriot League Championships at Christl Arena.
Senior Colleen Marshall and sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds (16-16 overall, 11-7 Patriot League) to their first-ever Patriot League Championship title game appearance and were each named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team for their play. Marshall finished with 12 points tonight, while Betz-White contributed 11 points and a game-high four assists.
For Army West Point (29-2, 17-1), Kelsey Minato was named the Tournament MVP, while Aimee Oertner and Janae McNeal joined her on the all-tournament team and Bucknell's Kyi English rounded out the five-member team.
Army West Point put together an early 11-1 run to pull ahead of Loyola, 16-5, before trading baskets with the Greyhounds to close out the first quarter with a 20-9 advantage.
Loyola opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run, featuring 10 points from senior Diana Logan, that saw the Greyhounds take their first lead of the contest, 21-20, at the 6:12 mark. That wouldn't be enough to quiet the Black Knights though, as they responded with their own run, a 10-0 streak, that pushed them back ahead, 30-21. Senior Jeneh Perry converted a pair of free throws before Army West Point closed out the half with a 3-pointer to take a 33-23 lead into the break.
The Black Knights maintained their 10-point advantage through the third quarter before extending it to 20 in the fourth quarter, en route to the 69-51 victory.
Logan paced Loyola with a team-best 15 points, while Perry led all players with 13 rebounds.
With the loss, Loyola puts an end on its best season of play in the Patriot League. Finishing with an 11-7 record, the Greyhounds earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and tied the biggest turnaround from a previous season for any team in Patriot League history. The Greyhounds also swept five League foes this year and landed on SportsCenter Top 10 twice throughout the season, including on Monday, March 7, following their 44-42 win over sixth-seeded Navy in the quarterfinal round. Loyola's 65-53 upset win over Bucknell in the semifinals was its first win over the Bison since joining the Patriot League.