Nov. 28, 2009
EMMITSBURG, Md. - A thriller of a second half saw the women's basketball team going on an absolute tear, leading to a narrow win in the finals seconds Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds defeated Mount Saint Mary's 48-45 at Knott Arena, in dramatic fashion.
With a minute left to go and the Greyhounds down by just one, Kaitlin Grant stole a ball from Sandra Andresson and took it down the court for a fast break layup to give Loyola its first lead of the game. Meredith Tolley then netted the game-winning free throws, and with less than three seconds left, Mallory Lawes intercepted a ball being inbounded by the Mount's Mary Dunn. Lawes' steal eliminated any chance of a game-tying shot.
However, the theatrics didn't weren't limited to the final minute of play. Loyola kept the game interesting by erasing an 18-point deficit with a 13-point run in the second half.Kaitlin Grant supplied Loyola (3-3) with the heroics. Aside from topping all scorers with 17 points, Grant inked her name in the record books with 12 steals. Her 12 swipes ties her for the 16th most in NCAA Division I single game history, and are the most since Georgia Tech's Jillian Ingram tallied 12 on February 28, 2008. Grant also broke Loyola's single-game steals record of eight, that she previously matched last year at Rider.
Grant and Miriam McKenzie combined for 26 points in the second half, with McKenzie exploding for 14. McKenzie finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
Andresson's double-double led the Mount (2-3) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Leah Westbrooks added 12.
The Greyhounds ended the first half down by 18, after a dismal first half in which they shot just 12.5 percent from the field. Nine of Loyola's 15 first half points were free throws, and the team struggled just to get their end of the score into double-digits, while Westbrooks dominated at the post and Andresson pounded Loyola from midrange.
The roles reversed in the second half. Loyola went on a 13-0 run before allowing a layup by Hassanah Oliver more than eight minutes into the half.
The Mount rallied for six points, and looked to be holding the `Hounds off. But with less than five minutes left, Grant's clutch steals sparked a rally for Loyola. The Greyhounds chipped away until the lead was cut to just two. Westbrooks then netted a layup and Andresson knocked in a jumper, but McKenzie followed up with a layup to cut the lead to one, and Grant's fast break layup took a definitive Loyola lead.
Continuing their non-conference road stretch, Loyola will take on a pair of local foes this week. The Greyhounds will visit cross-town rival Towson Thursday, before heading down to College Park to take on Maryland Sunday. The Terps are not currently ranked but are receiving votes in both polls.