Dec. 11, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - Katie Sheahin tied a 14-year old single-game assist record and recorded the first double-double of her career, as the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team rode a season-high point total to cruise past Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena, 74-58.
Loyola improves to 3-6 on the year, while Mount St. Mary's drops to 1-7.
The day saw Loyola set a bevy of career records and tie one school record in the win, including a Sheahin's career day. The 74 points also mark the largest point total for Loyola this season and the 16-point margin of victory set a new season-high in that category as well.
Sheahin's 11 assists tied the Loyola single-game record, matching Corey Hewitt's mark of 11 against South Carolina on December 29, 1996.
"It is also a lot of credit to her teammates who shot the ball really well," said Head Coach Joe Logan of Sheahin tying the school record. "We are asking Katie to do a lot as a sophomore, and she has a steep learning curve. We think she has gotten a lot better, and that is credit to her hard work and her teammates believe in her."
The mark also set a new career high in assists for the sophomore guard, besting her previous career-best of seven. Sheahin tied her career high in short order, tallying seven helpers in the first 9:17 of the game. She also tied her career high in blocks, with three.
Sheahin's 11 points and 11 assists marked her first career double-double, as well.
Alyssa Sutherland set a new career high in points, with 15. The forward went 5-for-7 and made a highlight reel-worthy play with four minutes left, stealing the ball and racing down the floor to put Loyola ahead, 64-49.
Graduate student Erica DiClemente matched her career high in points after tallying 23 to lead the Greyhounds in scoring, with 12 coming in the first half and 15 coming from behind the three-point arc. She hit that mark for the second game in a row after scoring 23 on Tuesday night against No. 22 Maryland.
Four Greyhounds scored in double figures, beginning with DiClemente's 23. Miriam McKenzie followed with 16, in addition to Sutherland's 15 and Sheahin's 11. DiClemente led the team on the glass, with eight rebounds. Sheahin chipped in with seven and Sutherland came one short of her career-best, collecting six boards in the win.
"They are in the gym all the time working on their shot and working on their game," said Logan about Sutherland, DiClemente, McKenzie and Sutherland.
Loyola outrebounded Mount St. Mary's 37-29 and shot 52.9 percent from the floor while holding the Mountaineers to 33.3 percent. The Greyhounds went 15-for-26 in the first half, for 57.7 percent.
In the second half, the Greyhounds continued their hot shooting from the first as Loyola rebuilt a 12-point lead thanks in part to a DiClemente three-pointer eight minutes into the period.
Sutherland chipped in eight points in the second half to reach a new career high for the sophomore and keep the Greyhounds ahead by a comfortable margin.
Mount St. Mary's made frequent attempts to narrow the gap, but Loyola kept up its double-digit lead and held on as Loyola broke the 70-point plateau for the first time this season.
McKenzie and DiClemente reached double digits in points in the first half to help Loyola to a big lead. DiClemente scored 12 and McKenzie added 11 in getting the Greyhounds 41 points in the opening frame, the largest first-half total for the Greyhounds this season.
Loyola leapt out to an opening 14-3 lead thanks to scoring contributions from DiClemente, McKenzie and Sutherland. Mount St. Mary's called a timeout less than three minutes into the game at 8-0 in an attempt to limit the run but the stoppage did not slow down the Greyhounds.
The Mountaineers climbed back within eight points but three-pointers from DiClemente and McKenzie helped to extend Loyola's advantage.
Much of the lead evaporated after Mount St. Mary's used eight unanswered points cut a 30-16 Loyola lead midway through the first half to 30-24 with 7:07 left. The game stayed close, but a pair of Sheahin turnaround jumpers and a Meredith Tolley three-pointer down the stretch gave Loyola some breathing room and the Greyhounds entered halftime with a seven point lead, 41-32.
The Greyhounds hit the road for their next match, a tilt at Army in West Point, N.Y., on Sunday, December 19. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.