March 16, 2011
Norfolk, Va. - Sophomore guard Katie Sheahin drained a three-point shot with just over three seconds left to lift the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team to a 67-65 win over Old Dominion in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at the Ted Constant Convention Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
With the win, the Greyhounds (21-12) advance to the WNIT Second Round to meet the winner of Thursday's Morgan State-Virginia contest which is being played in Charlottesville, Va.
With 20 seconds remaining in the game and trailing by one, Sheahin dribbled around two Lady Monarch defenders and knocked down a fade away three-pointer to give Loyola a two point lead, 67-65, with just 3.1 seconds left on the clock.
Old Dominion had one more opportunity to score and senior Jasmine Parker launched a desperation shot from midcourt. Parker's shot was too strong and bounced off the backboard to seal the first ever postseason victory for the Greyhounds.
Leading 31-29 at the intermission, Loyola opened up the second half scoring five straight points to extend its lead to seven, 36-29, in just over a minute. The Lady Monarchs erased the deficit during the next minute of play as they tied the contest, 36-36. The two teams traded baskets before Sheahin knocked down a jumper to put the Greyhounds up five, 43-38, with 14:30 remaining.
Old Dominion scored seven straight to take a two-point lead as the two teams battled back and forth over the next minute before Sheahin hit a three-pointer and picked off a pass that freshman guard Nicole Krusen laid in to put Loyola up three, 52-49.
Sheahin scored back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Greyhounds' lead, 58-54 with 8:05 remaining in the contest.
With 5:44 left to play, Kquanise Byrd buried a shot from beyond the arc to cut Loyola's lead to one and Parker knocked down two free throws to put Old Dominion up 59-58 before Sheahin hit a turnaround jumper to put Loyola back on top by one.
The Lady Monarchs' Tia Lewis scored the next two baskets to give Old Dominion a lead, 63-60, but sophomore forward Alyssa Sutherland scored on an offensive rebound and graduate student guard Erica DiClemente added two free throws to give Loyola a one-point advantage, 64-63, with 2:22 remaining.
Old Dominion scored at the 1:03 mark to go up by one, leading to the final play of the game.
In addition to scoring a game-high 27 points, Sheahin led all rebounders with nine and tied for game-high honors with six assists. She made eight of her 10 second-half shots, including all four of her three-point tries, as Loyola shot 58.3 percent (14-24) after the intermission. DiClemente was the only other Greyhound in double figures with 16 points while senior forward Meredith Tolley knocked down three three-pointers for her nine points and added six rebounds.
The Lady Monarchs were led by Lewis' 18 points and Jackie Cook who chipped in with 11.
The win gives Loyola its 21st win of the season, matching the most wins in a single-season in the history of the women's basketball program. The only other team to reach 21 wins in a single-season was in 1998-1999 when the Greyhounds went 21-7. This is the first win over Old Dominion as well as the first post season victory in the history of the women's basketball program .