Women's Basketball Falls At American

Dec. 21, 2011

Final Stats

WASHINGTON, D.C - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team fell, 63-48, at the hands of preseason Patriot League favorite American on the road at Bender Arena on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.

The Greyhounds were led by Katie Sheahin, who scored 22 points and handed out six assists. It was her third-straight game in double figures and second-straight with 20-plus points. Nicole Krusen also was in double figures with 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers.

Freshman Cierra Darden was strong off the bench, recording three blocks while sophomore Nneka Offodile led the team with seven rebounds.

American had four players in double figures, with Sarah Kiely, Alexis Dobbs and Lisa Strack each scoring 11 to lead the charge. Kiely finished with a double-double, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Eagles used defense and rebounding frustrate the Greyhounds, finishing the contest with a 39-23 advantage on the boards including 18 offensive rebounds. American had 17 second-chance points in the contest.

American took control of the game with a strong defensive effort in the first half, holding Loyola to 30-percent shooting (6-of-20) and forcing 15 turnovers to take a 32-16 advantage at the break. American converted the Loyola turnovers in 14 points.

The Greyhounds took a 9-8 lead early in the contest, following a trey by Kara Marshall at the 12:33 mark in the first half. Marshall finished with three points and two assists.

The Eagles then scored 19 of the next 23 points, claiming a 27-13 advantage with just over a minute remaining in the frame.

After Krusen drained her first 3-pointer of the contest to stop the run, the Eagles scored the final nine points of the half, including a 30-foot buzzer beater by Dobbs to close out the first 20 minutes. Dobbs and Kiely each had eight points to lead all scorers in the first half.

The Greyhounds played a much stronger second half, outscoring American 32-31 over the final 20 minutes. Nai Brown provided a spark off the bench, scoring five points in the second half while grabbing four rebounds.

After American built the lead to as many as 23 at 50-27 9:17 left, Loyola went on a 17-4 run to get within 10 with just over a minute and a half left.

Sheahin started the Loyola comeback, knocking down a difficult step-back jumper from 12 feet off the glass. The junior scored the first eight points of the run and finished 6-for-15 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the free throw line in the game.

Krusen dropped back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the deficit to 12 at 53-41 with 4:42 remaining. Brown then capped the run and brought the squad within ten after hitting a shot from deep in the corner that put the tally at 54-44 with 1:30 left.

Sheahin got the Greyhounds within 10 one more time, hitting a lay-up with 43 seconds left, but that would be as close as the Greyhounds would come.

Loyola shot 45.5-percent in the second half while hitting five 3-pointers.

The Greyhounds return from Christmas break to wrap-up their five-game road trip when they play at local rival Towson on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.