Alexander's Late 3 Not Enough As La Salle Rallies to Beat Greyhounds

Nov. 14, 2007

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Jamie Walsh made a 17-foot jumper with 14.9 seconds remaining to lift La Salle to a 51-50 win over visiting Loyola on Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena.

The Greyhounds (2-1) took a one-point lead, 50-49, with 26 seconds left, as Ashley Alexander hit one of her career-high four 3-pointers from the right side.

On La Salle's ensuing possession, Walsh pumped-faked at the top of the perimeter and drove to the left, pulling up and hitting a jumper from just inside the 3-point line.

After a timeout, the Greyhounds play was disrupted, and Vika Sholokhova's acrobatic shot fell short at the buzzer.

"We thought that they would go back to Hightower, but (Alexander) did a good job of defending her," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "Walsh made a great shot. She is a stand-still shooter, but she stepped in and knocked it down. You have to give her a lot of credit for that."

A first half shooting and turnover slump put the Greyhounds in a hole. Loyola led by seven, 15-8, as Meghan Wood made a jumper with 12:11 to play. The Explorers (1-1), however, went on a 17-2 run, capped by a Danielle Mickiewicz with 2:57 to play efore halftime.

Alexander hit a three with seven seconds left before the half to cut the halftime deficit to five, 25-20.

"We hit a drought for a while in the first half, but Ashley kind of helped it by hitting the three at the buzzer," Logan said. "We had 13 turnovers in the first half, so for as poorly as we played and shot, our defense kept us in it by holding them to 25 points in the first half."

Loyola quickly chipped away to start the second half. Erica DiClemente made one of her two 3-pointers 18 seconds in, the a Vika Sholokhova three cut La Salle's lead to one, 29-28.

After Carlene Hightower missed a jumper, DiClemente controlled the rebound and made her second 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, putting the Greyhounds ahead, 31-29, with 13:45 to play.

An up-and-under Sholokhova layup gave Loyola a four-point lead moments later, but La Salle responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points to take a 40-35 advantage on a Tara Lapetina 3-pointer with 7:52 remaining.

Sholokhova went on a 5-0 run of her own, making a layup and a 3-pointer to knot the game at 40-40 with just under seven minutes to play.

The score was tied twice more, and the lead changed hands three times until Sholokhova gave the Greyhounds a 47-46 lead with 1:58 left.

Hightower made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score, and she then stepped through two Loyola defenders in the lane and made a lay-up to put La Salle ahead two, 49-47, with 43 ticks remaining before the final sequence.

Hightower led all scorers with 21 points, and Lapetina added 10, eight in the second half.

Sholokhova scored a season-high 16 points, all coming in the second half, to lead the Greyhounds. She had her second double-double of the year with 10 rebounds and notched a career-high with four blocked shots.

Alexander finished with 14 points, while DiClemente added 12 and seven boards. Meghan Wood recorded a career-high five assists to lead all players.

The Greyhounds outrebounded La Salle, 40-36, but Loyola committed a season-high 19 turnovers.

Loyola takes almost a week off before traveling to College Park, Md., to face fourth-ranked Maryland on Tuesday, November 20, at 7 p.m.