Dec. 7, 2008
BALTIMORE - Siobhan Prior entered the weekend having never topped the 20-point mark in a game. After she scored a team-high 21 points on Sunday in Loyola's 86-78 win over Rider, the senior guard has now accomplished the feat twice.
Prior, who scored 22 on Friday night at Manhattan, helped the Greyhounds (6-2 overall, 2-0 MAAC) win their second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the season with a 6-of-8 effort from the floor.
She matched her career-high with four 3-pointers, not missing from behind the arc, and she was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Combined with her 9-of-11 performance on Friday, she opened MAAC play 15-of-19 from the field.
Rider (2-5, 0-2) trimmed Loyola's one-time 13-point lead to one, 58-57, with 9:48 to play on a Shaunice Parker jumper, but Prior responded immediately, making a driving layup for the Greyhounds.
She then buried a 3-pointer from the left corner off an Ashley Alexaner assist, extending the advantage to six, 63-57, with just over eight minutes to play.
Parker pulled down an offensive rebound on the Broncs' next possession and made the ensuing layup, making it a four-point game.
McKenzie finished the game with a career-high 11 points.
Tammy Meyers, who scored a game-high 25 points to lead Rider, made a layup with 2:51 to go, cutting Loyola's lead to five, 77-72.
Tolley scored 11 points in just 16 minutes of action, and Walker had a season-high 14 points along with three steals.
As a team, the Greyhounds made 31-of-53 field goals. Their 58.5-percent mark from the field was their second-best of the season, trailing only the 60.-5-percent effort on Friday against Manhattan.
"I think that we are starting to mature as a team," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We are shooting well, and that is credit to the amount of extra time that our players are taking in the gym.
"Siobhan is showing a tremendous amount of leadership through her actions, and our younger kids are starting to play very hard. I think that tonight that we showed our depth, and a lot of players on our bench took advantage of those minutes."
Led by McKenzie's 11, Loyola's bench scored 25 points. Alexander led the team with four assists off the bench.
In addition to Meyers' 25, Parker had a double-double for Rider with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Loyola steps out of MAAC play for the next several weeks, beginning on Tuesday night when they host No. 8 Maryland at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.