Nov. 23, 2008
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Loyola opened the second half on a 14-5 run and sustained that momentum, holding off a late Army rally to secure a 64-56 non-conference victory on Sunday over the Black Knights at Christl Arena.
With Loyola holding a lead as large as 15 in the second half, the Black Knights drew within four on a four-point play by Army's Jessie Coiffard with 1:08 remaining. But Loyola's Siobhan Prior and Kaitlin Grant calmly sank a pair of free-throws in the final seconds to ice the road victory.
"I was happy in the second half that we were able to match Army's intensity," Head Coach Joe Logan said, "Overall, we executed better overall and anytime you can go on the road and get a win is great."
The Greyhounds found great success getting into the lane, shooting 26 free throws and making 21 of them(.807).
After taking a 25-24 halftime lead, the Greyhounds extended it to 39-29 on three Prior free throws with 13:34 to play. Walker made a driving layup and was fouled, hitting the ensuing free throw, and Prior made a 3-pointer, as Loyola (2-2) scored the first six points of the second half to go up 31-24.Army (1-3), however, scored five in a row on a jumper by Laura Baranek and a 3-pointer by Alex McGuire.
DiClemente responded for the Greyhounds, matching McGuire's three with one of her own on the next possession. Loyola then forced two Army turnovers, one on a DiClemente steal, wrapped around a Grant jumper.
After a block on the defensive end by Meredith Tolley, the teams exchanged turnovers, and Prior was fouled by McGuire on a 3-point attempt. She made all three to put Loyola up by 10.
Loyola extended its lead to 15 with 4:42 to play after Alex Berlin slashed into the lane and made a contested layup. But the Black Knights slowly crawled back into contention.
DiClemente made two free throws to push the advantage to 12 for Loyola with 1:40 left, but Army cut its deficit to just four, 60-56, when Coiffard made a 3-pointer from the left-side of the arc and converted her free throw after getting fouled on the shot.
Prior and Grant, however, each made pairs of free throws to seal the victory for Loyola. McGuire also scored 16 for Army.
"To get a win on this trip is great, but the overall experience of touring the West Point campus-especially around Thanksgiving- was truly special," said Logan. "We can learn a lot from this trip, like to keep fighting and to never give up."
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena and continue non-conference action on Saturday, November 29, with a 2 p.m. game against Bucknell.