Cross-town rival Towson took its fourth straight game from Loyola Thursday at the Towson Center, as the two teams battled until the final buzzer.
With just five seconds left in the game, the Tigers' Simona Petronyte netted a three to break a 65-65 tie. Kaitlin Grant made a free-throw to put the `Hounds (3-4) within two, but a foul stopped the clock on the Towson end, leaving just one second left for Grant to heave a desperation shot down court. The ball sailed short, and the Tigers (3-4) came away with a 68-66 victory.
Miriam McKenzie was one point shy of hitting the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season. McKenzie had 19 points, pulled down six boards and tied for a game-high five assists, extending her career best.
Grant and Meredith Tolley each added in 12 for the Greyhounds, with Grant leading the way at the boards with nine. Erica DiClemente and freshman Katie Sheahin, making her fist career appearance, had eight points each.
The Tigers' Shanae Baker-Brice had 21 points to lead all scorers. Baker-Brice has now scored at least 20 points in six of seven games this season. Haliena Snowden chipped in 12.
Loyola was up by 13 points at the half, but Towson kicked the defense up in a notch to open the second period. Loyola was held scoreless through the first few minutes as the Tigers went on an 11-0 opening run.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the half. The lead changed 14 times and the score tied six, as the game came down to the final minute of play.
Down by six at 64-58, Sheahin knocked down a jumper to cut the Tigers' lead to four. Tolley then swished a three to put the `Hounds just one point away from tying. Grant then made two free throws to give Loyola a lead.
Baker-Brice then burned time coming down the court. The Greyhounds trapped her at half-court and she dished the ball off to Petronyte. Petronyte took an awkward shot with DiCleemente's hand in her face. The flat shot looked to be going underneath the basket, but went in just as the clock wound down to five seconds.
The local rivalry theme continues this weekend as the Greyhounds travel to College Park Sunday, to play No. 22 Maryland. It will be the final game of a six-game road trip.