Nov. 25, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Despite six players in double figures, the Loyola College women's basketball team fell in a heartbreaking overtime game, 75-73 to visiting Towson in Reitz Arena. The Tigers remain undefeated this season at 5-0 while the Greyhounds fall to 1-4.
In the first few minutes of play, Towson seemed to control the tempo with a 19-12 lead after 11:19. The Greyhounds worked hard to take that lead away with a 10-point run to lead 22-19 over two minutes of play. Freshman Erica DiClemente scored six points in the run while classmate Kaitlin Grant added four. Loyola retained the lead and built it up to 30-23 with five minutes to play in the half. DiClemente added two more baskets in that stretch while Meghan Wood added a basket and Jill Glessner recorded two free-throws. The Tigers cut that margin to 30-27 with back-to-back baskets, one each from Kandace Davis and Kelly Robinson, but Loyola continued its offensive effort outscoring Towson 11-2 over the final three minutes of play. Davis scored eight points in the stretch for Loyola while DiClemente added three for her 15 point total at the half.
The Greyhounds outshot the Tigers by 29% in the first half, hitting 14-of-25 shots while Towson made just 10-of-37.
In the second half, Loyola retained its second half lead and increased the margin to 52-37 at 15:37. Brittany Dunn score five points in the opening minutes of the second half while Glessner, Wood and Ebony Toliver each also added a basket. But the Tigers put together a nine-point run to dwindle that lead to 52-46. Four different Towson players scored in the run. The Greyhounds brought their lead back to eight, 54-46 at 10:57 and at 56-48 with 8:25 on the clock but a three by Jamell Beasley and a lay-up by Shanae Baker-Brice set the score at 56-53 with 7:35 left. Four straight points by Glessner gave Loyola a more comfortable 60-53 lead at 6:41 but Towson again lowered the advantage this time to 60-57 with 5:17 left in the half. All four of the Tigers points came from Baker-Brice. Loyola went to the line three times over the next minute, hitting 4-of-5 for the 64-57 score. Towson continued to push however scoring the next three baskets for the 64-63 score with 2:15 left. Wood scored on Loyola's next possession for the 66-63 mark but Baker-Brice answered for the 65-66 Loyola advantage with a 1:08 left in regulation. Dunn scored with 53 seconds left for the 68-65 score but Towson's Holly Mahan hit a three at 39 seconds to tie the game at 68 and send it into overtime.
Neither team scored for nearly two minutes in overtime before a 1-for-2 effort from the line by Dunn gave Loyola a slim, 69-68 lead. Wood added a basket at 2:37 to extend the lead to 71-68. Towson's Alis Freeman scored 15 seconds later for the 71-70 score and Robinson gave Towson the lead with her basket with 1:39 left to play. Both teams played ferocious defense over the next 1:15, not allowing a basket either way before Mahan's 1-for-2 effort from the line game Towson a 73-71 lead with 24 seconds on the clock. Baker-Brice added two more free-throws with 12 seconds remaining for a 75-71 lead. Glessner scored Loyola's last basket with seven seconds left for the 75-73 final.
DiClemente' led Loyola with 15 points all in the first half. Glessner scored 14 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists. Wood added 12 points and nine rebounds while Davis, Dunn and Grant each scored 10 points. Grant also added a game-high 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Towson was led by Baker-Brice's career-high 26 points. Robinson added 14 points and eight rebounds while Mahan scored 13 points and pulled down nine boards.
The Greyhounds return to the road as they visit Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, December 2 at 3:00.