Nov. 20, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Loyola faced a tough Navy team Friday night in Annapolis, in the first game of the Navy Classic, but the Greyhounds couldn't get past their hosts. The Midshipmen ran away with the game in the second half, as Loyola fell 67-57.
Meredith Tolley finished just two points shy of tying her career-high with 22 to lead the game. Miriam McKenzie pulled down her second double-double in as many games with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kaitlin Grant grabbed a game-high 11 boards.
Cassie Consadine led the Mids with 19 points and seven rebounds.Angela Myers scored 14.
Tulane (2-1) will be the `Hounds (2-1) opponent in Saturday's consolation round. Liberty (3-0) defeated Tulane earlier in the day at Alumni Hall, and will be the Mids (4-0) opponent in tomorrow night's championship game.
Navy took off in the first half, riding Consadine's momentum. Consadine, a 6-foot-3 post player, fooled the Greyhounds with several outside shots before going back to playing at the post in the second half. But the `Hounds found a way to penetrate the Mids' zone defense in the middle of the half.
A jumper by Alyssa Sutherland cut the Navy lead to three, putting the score at 15-12. Consedine and Kristen Bowen both missed back-to-back three-pointers and McKenzie grabbed Bowens' rebound and dished off to Erica DiClemente. DiClemente knocked down a mid-range shot to put Loyola one point away from tying.
Tolley then came back from a media timeout with a three, giving the Greyhounds a 17-15 lead.
Navy came back to tie it up three more times late in the half. But Angela Myers swished a three at the buzzer to take a Midshipmen lead at the half.
In the second half, Navy came out swinging, quickly putting up seven points. McKenzie followed up with two free throws and Tolley netted another three to keep it close. But the Greyhounds then fell into a funk and had trouble finding their shot. Loyola shot just 25 percent from the field in the second half, while Navy shot 43.8 percent.
Tolley stepped in and shouldered the scoring. The junior forward went 6-for-11 from the field against the Mids, 6-for-12 from the perimeter, as well as knocked in four free throws in five attempts.
McKenzie and Grant made a strong push late in the game, but it came too late. Navy was able to push the game out of reach with a few minutes left in the second half.