Women's Basketball Drops Mid-Afternoon Contest To Cornell

Dec. 22, 2014

Final Stats

BALTIMORE -  The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team dropped a 79-61 decision to Cornell University on Monday afternoon at Reitz Arena. 

Loyola (2-8) led for nearly eight minutes in the first half and scored the first two field goals of the contest, a pair of layups by Colleen Marshall and Bri Betz-White. 

Nicholle Aston scored four-consecutive points to tie the score, 4-4, but the Greyhounds put together a 7-0 run to lead the Big Red by as much as seven points, 11-4, with 15:24 remaining in the first half.

The two teams traded baskets over the next nine minutes, including three treys from seniors Steph Smith and Nai Brown

Turnovers and defensive misfortunes propelled Cornell on a 9-0 run to close out the half and enter the locker room with a 39-28 lead.

The Big Red controlled the lead for the remainder of the contest, holding the Greyhounds to only 10 field goals in the second half. 

Betz-White cut the deficit to 14 on a pair of charity-stripe points, with 7:39 remaining, but Cornell responded with the same success from the line to make it 63-47. Twelve seconds later, Marshall pulled the Greyhounds' back within 14 on a layup, but the Big Red used a 7-0 run to force Loyola to take a timeout 72-51 with just over five minutes to play.

The Greyhounds scored 10 of the game's last 17 points, including five points from the free-throw line. In the second half, Loyola shot 12-of-13 from the line and both Betz-White and sophomore Lauren Daugherty made 100-percent of their attempts during that time.

Junior Jeneh Perry led Loyola with 16 points, while Marshall and Betz-White chipped in 14 and 10, respectively.

For Cornell (6-4), Nia Marshall led all players with 24 points and Nicholle Aston had 21.

Loyola will return to action after Christmas when it hosts George Washington on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.