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Women's Basketball Drops Match To Towson, 59-51

Nov. 22, 2010

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BALTIMORE, Md. - Despite Miriam McKenzie's second double-double of the year and a strong first half, the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team dropped a Monday night contest to crosstown rival Towson at Reitz Arena, 59-51.

Loyola moves to 0-4 on the year while Towson evens its record at 2-2.

Miriam McKenzie scored 16 points and collected 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. She led the Greyhounds in both categories, while Katie Sheahin also tallied 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Deree Fooks led Towson with 24 points and Dovile Miliauskaite recorded 13 rebounds.

The teams rebounded equally as each collected 39 boards. Towson shot 37 percent from the floor, while Loyola shot 32.1 percent.

Towson led 23-20 at halftime and scored first out of the halftime break to steadily build a nine-point lead that the Tigers protected through most of the period.

Erica DiClemente pulled Loyola within four with six minutes left after a three-pointer from the graduate student cut Towson's lead to 45-41.

Loyola's hustle kept the team close down the stretch, highlighted by Katie Sheahin knocking a Towson pass away and diving to save the ball from bouncing out of bounds while directing it to a teammate.

A pair of Miriam McKenzie free throws drew Loyola closer, 48-43, with less than two minutes remaining. The Greyhounds were forced to foul as the clock wound down and Towson held on to win, 59-51.

The Greyhounds sprinted out to an early eight-point lead from the opening tip-off thanks in part to the play of Miriam McKenzie, who scored 10 points in the half and produced seven of the Greyhounds' first nine points.

Loyola capped an opening 13-5 run with a slick fastbreak pass from Alyssa Sutherland to Nicole Krusen, who laid the ball in on the run to make the score 13-5 with 13:17 left in the half.

Towson then recovered, going on an 18-9 run through the rest of the half. The Greyhounds held the Tigers at bay for much of the frame but the Towson defense limited Loyola to three points in the final 5:37 and broke a 19-19 tie with three minutes left to take a 21-19 lead.

Towson's Deree Fooks, who matched McKenzie's 10 points in the opening half, added a layup in the closing seconds after a McKenzie free throw to extend Towson's lead to 23-20 going into the halftime break.

Both teams finished the half with similar statistics, with Loyola holding a slight edge in rebounds (24 to 23) and Towson shooting slightly better from the floor (9-of-33 for 27.3 percent to Loyola's 7-for-27, 25.9 percent effort).

Loyola takes to the road for its next match against Pittsburgh on Sunday at 2 p.m.