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Virginia Wins WNIT Second Round Game, 71-49

March 20, 2011

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Baltimore, Md. - Virginia got 14 points from Chelsea Shine, Ataira Franklin and Ariana Moorer to collect a 71-49 Women's National Invitation Tournament Second Round road victory at Loyola Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds were led in scoring by sophomore guard Katie Sheahin who finished with 24 points. Graduate student guard Erica DiClemente added nine points for Loyola, which ends its season at 21-13, tied for the most wins in school history (1998-1999). Virginia improves to 18-15 and advances to a third round game against fellow ACC-member Boston College with the date and time to be determined.

Loyola got back into the game at the start of the second half, holding Virginia to just two-of-10 shooting for the first six minutes, but the Greyhounds could not closer than a 10-point differential .After the Cavaliers had built their lead back to 17 at 55-38 with 7:33 to play, Loyola scored 11 of 15 to get back to a 10-point deficit, but again could not get closer and Virginia scored 12 straight to put the game away.

"I thought we really fought in this game," Greyhounds' Head Coach Logan said about his team's performance. "At halftime, we talked about fighting to be more physical in the second half, we were going to get after them a little bit and I think that got us going we cut it to ten, but then give them credit, we missed some free throws, but they played really well especially inside."

With the score 8-7 in favor of Virginia after the first five minutes, the Cavaliers scored the next nine points for its first double-digit lead at 17-7 with 11:33 remaining until halftime. Graduate student guard Erica DiClemente answered with a three-pointer, but five straight Virginia points pushed the lead to 12 and the Cavaliers held their biggest advantage following a Lexie Gerson three-pointer with 25 seconds left.

"We were getting good look we weren't forcing it like we had been doing against teams earlier this season, but they just weren't going in and that will happen," Head Coach Joe Logan explained concerning Loyola's offensive struggles against the Cavaliers.

The halftime score had Virginia leading, 39-24. The Cavaliers also held a dominating 24-12 margin off the boards and did not allow the Greyhounds to snare an offensive rebound while forcing 11 Loyola turnovers. Eight of the nine Virginia players who saw first-half action reached the scoring column led by eight points from Chelsea Shine on four-of-five shooting.

"They made some jump shots and they are more of a penetrating team but we missed some free throws," but I was happy about the way we regrouped at halftime fought back after time," said Coach Logan.

The Greyhounds played the game without leading scorer and two-time All-MAAC First Team selection Miriam McKenzie, who was injured in the first half of Wednesday's 67-65 First Round victory at Old Dominion and did not play in the final 20 minutes

"These guys did everything they could. They fought, I think having her could of helped but we did not have her and I give our kids credit for going out there and giving it everything they have," said Logan.

The loss brings a close to one of the most successful seasons in Loyola women's basketball history. The 2010-2011 team accomplished a number of milestones this season, including: 21 totals wins,15 MAAC regular season victories, first WNIT appearance and first post season victory in the program's history.

"Every year it is very hard , this last game, only two teams will go out with a win, but to be going out at home is a credit to the work the team has done and the legacy they will leave behind," Coach Logan said about the season ending loss.

He credits much of this year's success to the leadership of seniors, Erica DiClemente, Meredith Tolley and Melissa Bangay.

"They will be really sorely missed, mostly for their leadership. I think the legacy they will pass on to the next group is the chemistry , that you have to do it together, and just how hard you have to work before you even hit the court. That is really the legacy they will leave behind."