Dec. 6, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Loyola dropped a tough game Sunday afternoon in College Park, ending a six-game road stretch with a 69-56 loss against the No. 22-ranked Terrapins at the Comcast Center. The `Hounds battled their in-state rival close, and played an efficient, well-balanced game, but were out-shot by two of the top team's scoring heavyweights.
Devon Carey tied her career-high with 11 points to lead the `Hounds (3-5). Freshman Katie Sheahin, in just her second appearance as a Greyhound, netted nine points and pulled down six boards. Miriam McKenzie added nine as well, while Kaitlin Grant and Erica DiClemente each chipped in eight. Grant tied Tianna Hawkins with a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Greyhounds couldn't contain Hawkins and Diandra Tchatchouang. Hawkins had a game-high 22 points while Tchatchouang netted 20. The two did the bulk of the scoring for the Terps (8-1), as no other player finished with more than nine points.
The Terps led by just six at the half after a buzzer-beating three by Miriam McKenzie closed out the first half. Loyola held Maryland to just three points to open the first half, while they chipped away at the lead. After Maryland got the lead back up to eight points, a jumper by DiClemente cut the lead to six again. But from there the Terps took off, quickly getting their lead back into double-digits.
But the Greyhounds continued to fight. Sheahin and Mallory Lawes got hot, helping out on the outside. One more late push was made late in the game but the deficit proved too much to overcome.
Loyola will now have a break before returning home to host UMBC. The non-conference game against the Retrievers is slated for Dec. 20.