Dec. 19, 2010
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team set a season-high record in steals on Sunday against the Army Black Knights but couldn't rally from a second-half deficit and dropped the game, 60-52.
Loyola falls to 3-7 while Army improves to 4-7.
The Greyhounds stole the ball a season-high 16 times and won the turnover battle 26-17, thanks in part to McKenzie tying a career-high in steals, with four. Sheahin led the squad with five and Loyola put the takeaways to good use, scoring 26 points off turnovers. The Greyhounds also held the edge inside, outscoring Army 22-20 in the paint.
Army scored 20 of its 39 second half points from the free throw line after going to the stripe 25 times in the final frame.
Trailing at the half, 21-20, Loyola re-took the lead at 16:42 with a three-pointer from Nicole Krusen. The teams then swapped the lead five times until a pair of Molly Yardley free-throws gave Army an advantage at 44-43 with 5:38 remaining the game.
A scoreless drought of nearly six minutes doomed the Greyhounds down the stretch, despite Sheahin and DiClemente each totaling nine points in the second half.
The Greyhounds played stifling defense against the Black Knights early to open the game, allowing only eight points through the first 12 minutes and forcing eight steals in the first half.
Despite the strong defense, Loyola struggled on the offensive end late in the first, only notching four points in the last eight minutes. Army took advantage with Erin Anthony scoring 10 points in the half to give Army a 21-20 lead going into the halftime break.
Loyola will break for the Christmas holiday before returning for a road battle against local rival UMBC on Wednesday, December 29.