NEW YORK - Despite leading Columbia University into the third quarter, the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team fell to the Lions, 63-53, Saturday afternoon in Levien Gymnasium.
Sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds with 20 points, while senior Jeneh Perry recorded her second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Loyola (2-4) led for the entirety of the first half and up until the 1:58 mark of the third quarter, when the Lions used a 13-3 run to gain their first lead of the contest, 34-32.
Columbia (4-1) tied the score early, 7-7, on a jumper with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter, but senior Colleen Marshall used a layup with 3:13 remaining in the frame to regain control of the lead for the Greyhounds, 9-7.
Loyola went on to lead for the rest of the first half, holding Columbia to only six points in the second quarter. The Lions pulled within one, 14-13, with just under eight minutes to play in the second frame, but Loyola held Columbia scoreless for the next six minutes, extending its lead to 11 points, 24-13, on a pair of free throws from Perry.
The Greyhounds opened the third quarter with a nine-point lead, 26-17, but early foul trouble kept Loyola from finding an offensive rhythm. Columbia scored 20 points in the third frame, holding a slight two-point edge, 37-35, going into the final quarter.
Loyola was unable to come back from its third-quarter deficit, as the Lions outshot the Greyhounds, 26-18, in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Loyola forced Columbia to commit 15 turnovers, while the Greyhounds recorded seven steals.
Loyola returns to action Wednesday to face Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.