Women's Basketball Falls To No. 15 Maryland

Dec. 9, 2008

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BALTIMORE - Loyola battled hard and was able to keep the game at a favorable pace in the early going, but No. 15/16 Maryland ended the first half on a 13-0 run and carried over the momentum into the second to take a 83-52 non-conference victory over the Greyhounds on Tuesday evening at Reitz Arena in front of 1,212 spectators.

Kaitlin Grant led a balanced Greyhounds attack (6-3) with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Meredith Tolley added 12. Siobhan Prior and Ashley Alexander evenly split 20 points."I was extremely proud of the way that we competed for 40 minutes today," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "I was proud that we did not back down to them. This game is going to help us immensely down the road."

Maryland (8-2) got double-doubles from Marissa Coleman with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Lynetta Kizer with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Terrapins held a decisive 53-28 advantage off the glass while holding Loyola to 28.6 percent shooting for the game.

The Terps ended the first half scoring the final 13 points to take a 38-19 lead into intermission. Maryland outrebounded Loyola, 30-12, and had 13 second-chance points. Loyola showed plenty of grit, pulling within six, 23-17, on a Tolley three-pointer with seven minutes remaining. Again Tolley would hit a jumper less than a minute later to keep the Maryland lead at six, 25-19. But the Greyhounds wouldn't score the rest of the way in shooting 25.8 percent from the field in the first.

Maryland continued the run at the start of the second half, scoring nine straight points in the first three minutes as Demauria Liles scored seven of the nine on three layups and a free throw.

Loyola is off for exams until December 19 when the Greyhounds host La Salle at Reitz Arena. Game time is 7 o'clock.