BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball used a 14-1 run in the first half to gain control of the lead for a majority of the game against Mount St. Mary’s, winning a 56-49 decision to open the Loyola-Mount doubleheader Saturday afternoon inside Reitz Arena.
For the first time this season, Loyola (1-6) held the lead for the first five minutes of the game. Freshman Bri Betz-White set the tempo early, forcing a Mount St. Mary’s turnover, a minute and a half into the game. The rookie’s steal led to a Colleen Marshall 3-pointer at the top of the key to put Loyola up, 4-2.
Mount St. Mary’s obtained a short lead, but a layup by junior Jeneh Perry returned the lead to the Greyhounds 8-7.
Jacqueline Brewer tied the score 8-8, but a 3-point field goal by Betz-White forced the Mount into a timeout, 11-8, with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
Coming back from the break, Betz-White forced Mount St. Mary’s to commit a half-court violation, returning the ball to Loyola. Following the change of possession, Carly Monzo connected on a jumper, 13-8, with just over 11 minutes left in the half.
Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) tied it up, 13-13, in back-to-back possessions, but a 3-pointer from sophomore Lauren Daugherty sparked a 14-1 run for the Greyhounds.
Daugherty scored seven of the 14 points during the seven minute run, while Perry, freshman Karley Kolberg and sophomore Lisa Mirarchi added points. Loyola forced three Mount St. Mary’s turnovers during that time and held the Mount without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.
The Greyhounds held the lead going into the half, but the Mount pulled within single digits entering the locker room, 29-20.
Loyola shot 50-percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, scoring 13 points of the Mount’s 10 turnovers.
Mount St. Mary’s opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take the lead, 32-30, but a Marshall 3-point field goal at the top of the key returned the lead to Loyola.
Over the next five and a half minutes, 11 of the next 16 game points were tallied at the free-throw line for both teams, including four from Mirarchi. The junior guard shot 8-for-11 from the line during the matchup, a team-best this season for the Greyhounds.
The two teams traded baskets for the next three minutes, but the Greyhounds scored 10 of the last 12 points of the game started by a Betz-White layup with six minutes left in regulation.
Betz-White tied a career-best, scoring a game-high 14 points. Mirarchi chipped in 10 points, while Perry grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.
For the second-consecutive game, Loyola outrebounded its opponent. The Greyhounds pulled down 31 rebounds, while the Mount grabbed 25.
Loyola, in the middle of a seven-game homestand, will return to action on Tuesday to host East Carolina University at 7 p.m.