Tigers First Half Run Stymies Greyhounds

Dec. 28, 2007

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TOWSON, Md. - Towson used a 35-8 run to outscore Loyola 39-13 in the first half, then held the Greyhounds off for a 72-48 non-conference victory Friday night at the Towson Center.

The Tigers (7-3) shot 53.6-percent from the field in the first half and held Loyola to 5-of-28 from the field before the break. Loyola also committed 22 total turnovers, 13 in the first half.

"That was probably as bad as we could play in the first half," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "I give Towson a lot of credit because of their defensive pressure and game plan. They executed very well, and then they got into a zone offensively."

The loss snapped Loyola's five-game winning streak, and the 48 points were the fewest Loyola has scored in Logan's three years as head coach.

Meghan Wood tied the score, 4-4, for Loyola with an offensive rebound and putback with 16:19 to play.

Kandace Davis then scored six points during a 18-2 run, as the Tigers took a 22-6 lead on an Omara Parker 3-pointer with 10:15 to play before halftime. Towson continued its scoring binge, putting in 17 of the next 24 points before the break.

Ashley Alexander and Candice Walker each made baskets for Loyola (7-4) to start the second half, cutting Towson's lead to 39-17.

The Tigers, however, took away any thought of a Loyola comeback by scoring the next 11 points to extend their lead to 33.

Holly Mahan led the Tigers with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting. She made 6-of-7 3-point shots, as the Tigers made 10-of-14 from behind the arc as a team.

Davis had 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Shanae Baker-Brice scored 10 and had seven assists.

Siobhan Prior led Loyola in scoring for the first time in her career, scoring a career-best 12 points. Candice Walker added 10 points for the Greyhounds. Prior also had a career-high four steals.

"Siobhan continued to improve in this game," Logan said. "She did a good job in the second half, and we are going to need her to continue to shoot well as the year goes on."

Loyola continues its road swing on Monday, December 31, 2007, with a 2 p.m. game at Bucknell. The game will be the Greyhounds' final non-conference tilt of the season.