VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team fell to Villanova University, 67-55, Monday evening at the Pavilion.
Senior Diana Logan came off the bench and shot 3-for-3 from behind the arc to lead the Greyhounds’ offense with 15 points. Sophomore Bri Betz-White and senior Colleen Marshall also recorded double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Jeneh Perry led Loyola on the boards with nine rebounds.
Despite trailing by 20 points in the third quarter, Loyola (1-1) used a 12-0 run to cut Villanova’s lead to eight, 48-40, with 51 seconds remaining in the frame. The run included points from five Greyhounds, including Betz-White, Perry, Marshall, Logan and graduate student Steph Smith, but the Wildcats responded with four-unanswered points to end the quarter with a 52-40 advantage.
Logan went on to score 12 of Loyola’s 15 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Greyhounds again pull within single digit, 63-54, with as little as 1:25 to go. The two teams traded free throws, but a 3-point field goal from the Wildcats sealed the double-digit lead and ultimately the victory for Villanova (1-1).
Defensively, Loyola outrebounded Villanova, 39-34, and forced the Wildcats into committing 10 turnovers.
The Greyhounds return to action on Wednesday night to play in their third game in six days. Loyola welcomes former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Fairfield University to Reitz Arena for the 2015-16 home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.