Dec. 20, 2009
BALTIMORE - Junior Erica DiClemente led a balanced scoring attack with a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds as the Loyola women's basketball team defeated UMBC, 81-74, Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds (4-5) shot 48.1 percent from the field as the 81 points were the most Loyola has scored this season, and the most since it defeated UMBC (4-5), 80-76, on December 21, 2008.
DiClemente made 6-of-10 from the field, and 7-of-8 from the line, eclipsing her previous high of 16 set on February 19, 2007, at Iona.
In all, eight Loyola players scored seven or more points as the Greyhounds got 31 points from their bench.
Michelle Kurowski scored 25 for UMBC (4-5) to lead all scorers.
The Greyhounds led through most of the first half, but found themselves down, 30-25, with 4:55 remaining, before going on a 15-6 run to end the half.
After trading baskets early to start the second stanza, Loyola went on a 14-4 run to take a 56-44 lead with 12:20 remaining in regulation.
The Greyhounds would never look back from there as the Retrievers drew no closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.
Loyola's 48.1-percent effort from the field was its second-best shooting performance after shooting just over 50-percent in a season-opening win over La Salle on November 13. The Greyhounds also made a season-high 23 free throws against UMBC.
Loyola is back in action next week when they travel to Philadelphia for the Villanova Wildcat Christmas Classic. The Greyhounds face Drexel in the opening game on Monday, December 28, at 5:30 p.m. Loyola will then face either the San Francisco or host Villanova the following day at either 5:30 or 7:30 p.m.