Dec. 5, 2008
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Three Loyola players set, or equaled career-high point totals, as the Greyhounds shot over 60-percent from the field and opened Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with a 78-65 victory over Manhattan on Friday evening at Draddy Gymnasium.
The Greyhounds (5-2 overall, 1-0 MAAC) shot 65.4-percent from the field in the first half and ended the game 32-of-53 from the field, good for a 60.4-percent clip, their best of the season. The 60.4-percent mark was also the second-best in school history.
"Our players have been in the gym shooting extra every day this week, and I think it started to pay off today," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We found different people at different times of the game that picked up the scoring load for us."
Loyola also outrebounded Manhattan (2-6, 0-1), 44-36.
Despite making its first five field goals of the game, Loyola struggled with turnovers and trailed the Jaspers by as many as six in the game's first nine minutes.
Prior, however, took a Meredith Tolley pass on the left side and hit a 3-pointer, her second of the game, to tie the score at 20-20.
Annie McIntyre made a layup on Manhattan's next possession, but Alexander made a running jumper to tie the score again.
Bangay hit a jumper on the next possession, and Mallory Lawes made a steal on the defensive end and took the ball coast-to-coast for a layup. She was fouled and made the free throw to put the Greyhounds up five, 27-22, with 9:18 to play in the first half.
The Jaspers pulled back within two on a Kelly Regan three, but Alexander scored, and Grant added a pair of layups to give Loyola an 8-point lead 6:34 before the break.
Candice Walker extended the Greyhounds' lead to 10, 41-31, with 2:24 to play on a driving layup, but Manhattan scored the first half's final seven points to cut Loyola's halftime lead to 41-38.
Michelle Pacheco made a pair of free throws for the Jaspers with 17:36 to play, cutting Loyola's lead to a point, 43-42, but the Greyhounds reeled off 14-straight points to go up by 15, 57-42, with 12:31 to play.
McIntyre, who finished with 16 points, made a jumper with 6:16 remaining, pulling the Jaspers within six, 65-59, but it was as close as they would get.
Prior and Alex Berlin made back-to-back layups, and Alexander stoke a McIntyre pass and had a fast-break lay-up to put Loyola ahead, 71-59, with 4:11 to play. She then hit a pair of free throws on Loyola's next possession, extending the lead to 14.
"A lot of people stepped up to contribute for us," Logan said. "Siobhan had a stretch where she hit a couple of threes to extend the lead, and Ashley played a very good stretch for us in the second half. Also, Melissa Bangay came off the bench and had some key offensive rebounds and points.
Regan finished with 17 points to lead Manhattan, but she did so on 23 shot attempts. Loyola held the Jaspers to 26-of-79, 32.9-percent, from the field.
The Greyhounds continue MAAC play on Sunday, December 7, when they host Rider at 2 p.m., following the Loyola-Niagara men's game at 12 p.m.