Nov. 11, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior guard Tynisha Davis' driving lay-up as the shot clock expired with 53 seconds remaining snapped a 44-44 tie and freshman guard Candice Walker connected on a pair of free throws with 34 seconds left to ice the win as the Greyhounds won for the second time to open the season, capturing a 49-47 home non-conference victory over Villanova Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
Senior forward Meghan Wood tied the game for Loyola with a lay-up with 1:45 remaining in regulation and after a Villanova attempt went out of bounds to the Greyhounds, a time out was called for third-year head coach Joe Logan to set up the final play.
As the shot clock wound down, Davis drove the right side of the lane and banked the ball in for the Loyola lead at 46-44. Walker scooped up a loss ball and was fouled, making both of her free throws to stretch the margin to 48-44 with 34 ticks remaining. Sophomore guard Erica DiClemente made one of two free throws with 15 seconds left and the Wildcats (1-1) sank a three-pointer with one second remaining for the final margin.
Trailing by six at the intermission, Loyola feel behind by seven and then used an 11-3 run over a five-minute stretch to take a one-point lead at 34-44 on the second of two free-throws attempts by junior guard Ashley Alexander. Three ties and five lead changes followed before the Greyhounds grabbed the lead for good.
Villanova built its first-half lead behind a balanced scoring attack as five players scored between four and seven points led by the seven of forward Laura Kurz. Center Lisa Karcic led all scorers with 16 points while Kurz finished with 10.
The Greyhounds received points from eight of the 10 players who played and only DiClemente reached double figures with 10. Grant and Wood each tallied eight and senior center Vika Sholokhova grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
The two victories marks the first time since the start of the 1998-99 season that the Greyhounds have jumped out to a 2-0 beginning.
Loyola will next be in action Wednesday when it visits La Salle for a non-conference contest. Tip time is slated for 7 o'clock.