Women's Basketball Sees Early Lead Slip Away in Loss to Quakers

Nov. 25, 2007

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PHILADELPHIA - Candice Walker scored a career-high 16 points, but it was not enough as Loyola shot just 30.2-percent from the field in a 70-57 loss at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon at The Palestra.

Pennsylvania (2-3) used solid play from its post players to shoot 45.3-percent from the field. Carrie Biemer scored 12 points, and Katarina Lackner came off the bench to score 11 for the Quakers.

"Their post players did a good job offensively," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We have to improve our post defense, but I was glad that we showed a lot of fight in the last part of the second half. I thought that we really showed a lot of fight, but we can't get ourselves into those situations."

Loyola (2-3) led for most of the game's first 10 minutes, going ahead by as many as five, but Penn stayed close and went on a 11-4 run over a four-minute stretch to take a seven-point lead, 26-19, with 6:05 remaining before halftime.

The Greyhounds cut the lead to 29-26 on a Siobhan Prior 3-pointer just under 90 seconds remaining before the break, but Kimberly Franklin answered with a 3-pointer of her own on the ensuing possession to give the Quakers a 32-26 halftime lead.

Erica DiClemente made a jumper 10 seconds into the second half, pulling Loyola within four, 32-28, but that is as close as the Greyhounds would get for the remainder of the game.

Penn scored 11 of the next 15 points to extend its lead to 11 on a layup by Anca Popovici with 16:40 left.

Loyola cut the Quakers' advantage to seven, 47-40, on two Prior free throws with 13:06 remaining, but Penn then went on another run, this time 10-2, to take a 15-point lead with 6:49 left on a Popovici jumper.

Walker made two free throws with 1:18 remaining, cutting Pennsylvania's lead to single-digits, 64-55, but it was as close as the Greyhounds would get.

The freshman point guard was 6-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line in 34 minutes of play. She played just 13 minutes after being hampered by a left groin injury in Tuesday's loss at No. 3 Maryland. Walker also had two assists and three steals with only one turnover.

"Candice is at maybe 50- or 60-percent (because of the groin injury she suffered last week)," Logan said. "She was trying to do everything tonight, but she showed a lot of heart and put forth a great effort. She needs to get healthy, but she still played a great game tonight."

Tynisha Davis came off the bench to score 11 points, making all six of her free throw attempts. She also had two steals in 20 minutes.

Biemer and Kimberly Franklin led the Quakers' balanced scoring effort with 12 points a piece. Lackner and Amy Donovan scored 11 and 10, respectively, off the bench for Pennsylvania.

Loyola continues its road swing on Saturday, December 1, with a 5 p.m. game at Mount St. Mary's. The game will be broadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).