Dec. 8, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Nai Brown tied her career-best eight points, while Tiffany Padgett grabbed a career-high two steals, but Loyola University Maryland could not hold off the Syracuse Orange, 83-48, at the Carrier Dome.
Brown made three of her six field goal attempts, and connected on two shots from downtown. The last time the sophomore guard scored eight points was against Lehigh University one year ago.
The Greyhounds (4-6) struggled from the start, as Syracuse started the game with a 6-0 run in the first four minutes. A Kara Marshall three at the 16:25 mark put the Greyhounds on the board, and initiated Loyola's scoring game.
One minute later, an Alyssa Sutherland jumper put the score 6-5, and gave the Greyhounds their smallest deficit of the game.
The Orange (9-1) responded with a 9-1 run in the next five minutes, to extend the lead 15-6.
Loyola never led in the game, but after trailing by eight, with less than five minutes left in the half, the Greyhounds goT within four, 16-11, after a Nicole Krusen three-pointer. Less than a minute later, Sutherland would follow Krusen's lead and sink a basket from three-point range, to cut away at the Orange lead.
Syracuse extended their lead to 12, after a Kayla Alexander jumper, which sent both teams to the locker room at the half.
After the break, senior Katie Sheahin would record the first six points for the Greyhounds. But the guard's effort would fall short, as the Orange extended their lead 44-26.
Alexander led Syracuse in scoring with 20 points. The 6-4 center moved into second-place on the Orange career-scoring record with 1,661 points, after Saturday's contest.
The Greyhounds shot 37-percent in the game, while the Orange shot 47-percent from field goal range.
Senior Katie Sheahin led the Greyhounds with nine points, while Krusen recorded a team-best seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds end their three-game round swing, as they travel to Army for a 7 p.m. matchup Monday, Dec. 10.