Pitt Tops Women's Basketball, 60-54, At Reitz Arena

Nov. 23, 2013

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team dropped a 60-54 decision to Pittsburgh University on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.

Junior Kara Marshall led the Greyhounds with 20 points, while junior Nai Brown chipped in a career-high 15 and freshman Lisa Mirarchi added 13 points.

Pitt (3-2), which was picked to finish 15th in the ACC Preseason Poll, shot 38-percent from the field and captured a game-high nine steals on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers had three players in double figures, led by Baltimore native, Asia Logan with 15 points. 

Loyola (1-4) shot a season-high 80-percent from the free throw line, connecting on 12 of its 15 attempts.

The Greyhounds grabbed their first lead of the contest from a pair of Mirarchi charity stripe points, 4-3, with 17:31 remaining in the first half.

Loyola wasted no time going on a 10-0 run, which included two three-point field goals by Brown and Marshall. The two junior classmates found a sweet spot just behind the arc, making back-to-back threes from the same location. Marshall’s basket with just under 14 minutes remaining gave the Greyhounds their first double-digit lead of the contest.

The Panthers wouldn’t get back on the board until a pair of free throws by Logan, but that would not stop Marshall and Brown, as the two once again extended Loyola’s lead. The Newark, Del., native made her second three of the afternoon from that same sweet spot two minutes earlier. 

Pitt countered with a 7-0 run over a two-minute time span, but once again Marshall was there to halt the Panther momentum, connecting on a far-side three-point field goal with just over eight minutes remaining. 

Ultimately Pitt would take the lead going into the locker room, despite being tied, 29-29, with just over two minutes remaining in the first period.

The Greyhounds shot an impressive 100-percent from the fee-throw line in the first half, while Marshall went 6-9, connecting on three shots from downtown.

Loyola’s offense shot out quick from the gate in the second half, as senior Nneka Offodile scored a two-point jumper in the first nine seconds.

Brown’s three-point field goal in the four-minute mark, tied the game 36-36. She then came back to score another two points 20 seconds later.

Offodile came back to give the Greyhounds’ their first lead of the half, 40-37, a successful jumper with a pass from Brown.

A pair of Pitt free throws once again tied the contest, 43-43, with less than 12 minutes remaining, but Frederique Potvin pulled out the Panther lead, 45-43, with glass points off a layup.

One minute later, Marshall’s fast break tied the score, 45-45, while her and one opportunity put Loyola back up by one. The junior guard’s momentum continued to build, as she broke up Pitt’s inbound attempt and put the ball into the hands of sophomore Jeneh Perry for the layup.

The Panthers countered once more, as the Charm City native connected on a shot from downtown to tie the score for the seventh time, 48-48.

The two teams went on to trade free throws, before Pitt’s Marvadene Anderson scored a layup with just under five minutes left in regulation.

The Panthers would not relinquish their lead for the remainder of the contest, scoring six of their last eight points at the charity stripe.

For the first time this season, the Greyhounds out rebounded their opponent, led by sophomore Tiffany Padgett with nine boards. 

Loyola takes to the road for a four-game road swing, starting with Cornell University on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.