Nov. 20, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite climbing back with a late rally to trail only by four, the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team fell short in its bid for win number one as the Greyhounds dropped a game to the Howard University Bison on the road Saturday night, 44-36.
Loyola drops to 0-3 on the season while Howard evens its record at 2-2.
Katie Sheahin and Nicole Krusen led Greyhounds scorers with nine points each. Sheahin also led Loyola on the glass, collecting eight rebounds. Mariam McKenzie scored six points and recorded six rebounds while Alyssa Sutherland totaled five points and five rebounds as well.
The Greyhounds fell behind early, trailing 16-8 midway through the opening frame despite points from McKenzie and Sheahin. Loyola attempted to catch up with three-pointers from Sheahin and Meredith Tolley, but the Bison kept up the pressure and two sides entered the halftime break with Howard ahead, 24-15.
Howard turned the ball over 10 times in the second stanza as the Greyhounds upped their defensive pressure, pressing and hustling the Bison. Loyola held Howard scoreless through the first 5:47 of the second half and cut into the lead by three on a Sutherland layup and Candice Walker free throw.
Loyola increased its shot count in the second half to try and climb out of the deficit but the made shots did not follow the attempts. The Greyhounds improved on their first half effort and outscored the Bison 21-20 in the second half, but Saadia Doyle recorded 12 of Howard's points to stifle a possible Loyola rally down the stretch.
Shots began to fall late in the second half as Loyola clawed back to within four with 2:41 remaining in the contest. The Greyhounds received timely scoring from Sheahin, Krusen and Erica DeClemente to make the score 40-36. Foul trouble, however, gave Howard free-throw attempts that Cheyenne Curley-Paine converted as the Bison held on, 44-36.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for their next match on Monday when they host cross-town rival Towson at 7 p.m.