Dec. 21, 2008
CATONSVILE, Md. - Ashley Alexander scored a career-high 22 points, leading five Loyola players in double-figures, as the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 80-76, Sunday afternoon in a non-confernece game.
Alexander made 7-of-16 field goals, 3-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, in the victory.
"I was proud of the way that we bounced back today after a tough loss (to La Salle) on Friday night," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "I thought that we played for a full 40 minutes, something that we have struggled a bit to do this season."
The Greyhounds (7-4) led by as many as 18, 40-22, on a Candice Walker layup with 4:20 to play in the first half, but UMBC (7-4) cut their lead to one, 69-68, with 3:33 remaining in the game.
Alexander, however, responded for Loyola. With the shot clock under two seconds, Alexander swished a 24-foot 3-pointer from the left side to put the Greyhounds back up by four.
"That is exactly what a senior needs to do," Logan said. "Ashley is really playing well right now, and she made a big play when we needed it. I will admit that I didn't love the shot when she put it up, but it was the result that we needed."
Carlee Cassidy, who led all scorers with a career-high 33 points, made a pair of free throws on the Retrievers' next possessoin, and she then converted on a driving layup with 1:08 left to tie the score at 72-72.
On the offensive end, however, Alexander was fouled away from the ball by meghan Colabella, and the senior made both free throw to give Loyola another lead.
After Cassidy's 3-pointer hit off the front of the rim on UMBC's next possession, and Tolley pulled down the rebound for Loyola, Walker was fouled on the outlet pass. She made two free throws with 35 seconds left, putting the Greyhounds ahead four.
Cassidy again drove the lane, this time on the right side. Grant looked to have blocked her shot, but she was whistled for her fifth foul. Cassidy, however, made just one of the two free throws with 26 ticks left.
On the ensuing inbound pass, Michelle Kurowski fouled Prior, and the senior guard hit both free throws for Loyola.
Cassidy missed another field goal attempt, and the ball went out of bounds for Loyola. Alexander made a free throw with 15 seconds left to put Loyola ahead six, 79-73.
The Retrievers pulled back within three, 79-76, with 2.3 seconds remaining on a Melissa Book three, but Prior was fouled again and iced the game with a free throw.
Loyola raced out to an early lead behind scoring by its starting post players. Grant scored Loyola's first five points, and Tolley then reeled off 11 straight points for the Greyhounds.
In all, the due scored Loyola's first 22 points - Tolley with all of her 13, and Grant with eight - and the Greyhounds led 22-14 with 8:48 to play. Prior then hit a three and made a layup for Loyola, giving them a nine-point advantage.
Loyola shot 60.7-percent from the field, and despite making just a third of its shots in the second half, finished with a 46.6-percent mark from the field in the game. UMBC was held to 39.7-percent, its third lowest field goal percentage of the season.
The Greyhounds' 80 points also represented a season-high, and they had 20 assists, also their most this year, on 27 made field goals.
Loyola takes a few days off for Christmas before returning to non-conference action on Saturday, December 27, at George Washington at 2 p.m.