Dec. 1, 2007
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Kaitlin Grant scored a career-high 14 points, and Loyola's defense held the Mountaineers without a field goal for 10:09 of the second half as the Greyhounds collected a 56-48 non-conference victory at Mount St. Mary's Saturday night at Knott Arena.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Greyhounds and evened their record at 3-3.
"I was extremely pleased with our effort tonight," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "That was lacking somewhat in our previous (three) road games. "Our seniors, `T' (Tynisha Davis) and `Woody' (Meghan Wood), really stepped up tonight."
Grant, who made her third start of the season, scored six straight points to start a 12-2 run that gave Loyola the lead for good. The six-foot sophomore connected on a pair of jumpers around a steal and a layup to extend the Greyhounds to a 43-36 lead with 12:13 remaining.
She also finished with her first career double-double, tying her career-high with 11 rebounds.
"Kaitlin really took advantage of an opportunity tonight," Logan said. "This (performance) is what we have been expecting from Kaitlin this season. She has showed it to us at times in practice, and we challenged her to be herself tonight and play hard and attack the basket."
The Loyola advantage grew to 49-37 when freshman guard Candice Walker swished a foul-line jumper with 6:45 left.
Mount St. Mary's (1-5) cut into that lead with a 9-2 stretch that included seven straight points to close to 51-46 with two minutes remaining, but junior guard Ashley Alexander made a baseline three-pointer with 93 seconds left to extend the lead to eight and the Greyhounds were able to run out the clock and close out the victory.
Loyola grabbed the first-half lead with a 14-2 run after the Mountaineers opened the game with four straight points. Grant scored six of Loyola's points, the last two coming to give the Greyhounds a 14-6 advantage with 11:22 remaining in the half. The Mount battled back to pull within two on several occasions, the last when Brianna Gauthier beat the final buzzer with a jumper to cut the Loyola lead to 27-25 at the intermission. Grant and Meghan Wood led Loyola with seven points each, the same number as Gauthier for the Mountaineers.
Senior guard Tynisha Davis made her first start of the season and used her aggressiveness and ability to create shots to finish with 12 points. She made five of seven shots from the field and also had two steals.
Walker added 11 points, while Wood had nine. Wood led the Greyhounds with four assists.
Loyola returns to action Monday when it hosts UMBC at Reitz Arena in another local rivalry. Game time is 7 o'clock.