Dec. 1, 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - With three seconds left on the clock, Kara Marshall beat her defenders and made the game-winning layup to push Loyola University Maryland women's basketball past Saint Peter's University, 66-65, Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center.
Marshall recorded a team-high 24 points, shooting a career-high 12-15 from the free-throw line. Junior Nai Brown contributed a career-high 17 points.
Loyola (2-5) was down by five at the half, but a Nicole Krusen three-point field goal at the far-side baseline tied the score, 51-51, with 10:22 remaining in the second half. The offensive spark continued for the Greyhounds, as Krusen gave the Greyhounds their first lead of the second half, on back-to-back three point baskets.
In the final six minutes, the lead changed six times as neither team led by more than three points.
Marcia Senatus gave Saint Peter's (0-5) a two-point lead with a paint bucket at 5:18, but Marshall's free throw pulled the Greyhounds within one. Smith countered with another two-point play, but Marshall led Loyola on a five-point run, giving the Greyhounds a 62-60 advantage with 3:03 on the clock.
Saint Peter's led by one when Bridget Whitfield connected on a shot from downtown, but Brown countered with a layup, giving Loyola a one-point advantage, 64-63.
Neither team would score over the next two minutes, as sophomore Tiffany Padgett recorded one of her game-high three blocks.
Coming out of a Saint Peter's timeout, Antonia Smith gave the Peacocks a one-point advantage, 65-64, with 11 seconds remaining in action. Freshman Lisa Mirarchi took Loyola's inbound pass, bring the ball back into the Greyhounds' territory. Mirarchi passed the ball to Marshall, who penetrated the defense and scored the game's final basket with three second remaining.
Smith matched Marshall's final point total, finishing with 24. Senatus added 13, while Aziza May and Bridget Whitfield tied for a game-high seven rebounds.
Sophomore Tiffany Padgett also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, scoring nine points for the Greyhounds.
Loyola committed a season-low 13 turnovers, while capitalizing on the Peacocks' misfortunes, leading Saint Peter's 17-15 on points off turnovers.
In front of a number of her local friends and family, freshman Lauren Daugherty grabbed a career-high three rebounds.
Before the game, Head Coach Joe Logan spoke with recently hired Saint Peter's Head Coach Pat Coyle. Coyle was Loyola's ninth head coach in program history, ending her career, 100-77, after four years at the helm of the green and grey. Behind Logan, Coyle ended her Greyhound tenure ranked second among all-time winningiest coaches by wins. Her .565 winning-percentage ranks third among the program's 11 head coaches.
Loyola takes the week to prepare for its third road game in one week. The Greyhounds travel to Emmitsburg, Md., for a Loyola double-header on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Mount St. Mary's. The women will take on the Mount at 4:30 p.m., while the men tipoff at 2 p.m.