Dec. 3, 2010
Annapolis, Md. - A couple of big defensive stops and senior Meredith Tolley free throws seal the deal as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team defeated Navy 57-54 at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. This is the third time the Greyhounds (2-5) defeated Navy with the last win for Loyola coming in 1985.
"We think it was a really good team win," said Head Coach Joe Logan. "We give a lot of credit to the team for executing down the stretch. We are learning a lot about ourselves early against a very good Navy team that has everyone back the beat us a year ago."
With a seven point lead going into half the Mids were able to fight back and come within two at 10:59 left in the second half. Angela Meyers gave Navy the lead with a jumper but the Greyhounds were able to come back and take the lead by two with a Miriam McKenzie jumper.
With the points trading back and forth, Navy took a three point lead by Cassie Consedine. Loyola answered back with a couple of buckets by McKenzie with 1:25 left in the game.
A couple of Tolley free throws seal the deal for the Greyhounds to give them the win.
Loyola was led by McKenzie who had 16 points and six rebounds. Senior Erica DiClemente added 11 points and sophomore Alyssa Sutherland had a career high 11 points and six rebounds.
“Katie, Miriam and Erica all made big shots down the stretch,” said Logan. “Meredith made some big free throws and Alyssa played well throughout the game.”
Loyola had 35 rebounds to Navy's 37 and the Greyhounds had 12 turnovers to the Mids 16.
The Mids took an early six point run in the first half before the Greyhounds scored off a jumper from McKenzie. The Greyhounds pulled within two with a jumper by Sutherland and took the lead with a Nicole Krusen three pointer with 7:33 left in the first half.
Loyola went on a 7-1 run and took a seven point lead with 4:04 left in the first half with a Tolley three pointer. The Midshipmen were able to catch up but some defensive stops put the Greyhounds in an eight point lead going into half. Loyola went on a 6-0 run with a lay-in and free throw by Sutherland and a three pointer by Tolley at the end of half.
The Greyhounds will compete Tuesday at Reitz Arena at 7 p.m. against Maryland will play Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
“They are younger too and we think they are learning a lot about themselves,” said Logan about Maryland. “They have some really good players coming back. We think Brenda has done a great job of playing all the local schools. The community gets to see her both at the Comcast Center and in the community. So we are hoping for a great turnout to come out and support us but to also see a great Maryland team at the same time.”