Dec. 28, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - Despite a first half that included seven lead changes and four tied scores, Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball fell to Towson University in the second half, 67-46, at the SECU Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Loyola (3-8) played solid on both ends of the court in the first half, forcing seven turnovers, while recording three steals and two blocks in the first 20 minutes. Both teams shot 30-percent from the floor, as Loyola held an advantage from the charity stripe, going 3-3 from the line.
Padgett and senior Nneka Offodile led the defensive effort in the first half, as both bigs recorded back-to-back stops. Padgett forced a Tigers’ turnover on the left wing. The sophomore center dribbled down the court and made a clean bounce pass under the basket to Brown, and a layup from the junior guard gave the Greyhounds a 9-7 lead with 11:21 remaining in the first half.
Moments later, Brown gave Loyola its largest lead of the contest, 11-4, on paint jumper points with just over 10 minutes remaining before the half.
Towson (5-7) countered with a eight-point run, but Padgett was there knot the score for the second time, with back-to-back jumpers, 15-15.
The Tigers and Greyhounds went scoreless for nearly two minutes before a Tanisha McTiller layup put Towson up by two. The two teams continued to trade shots, before entering the locker room, 22-20, in favor of the Tigers.
In the first half, the Greyhounds led Towson 4-0 in fast break points, while holding a 12-10 advantage in the paint.
Coming out of the break, Padgett tied the score 22-22, but that was the last one possession opportunity for Loyola.
Towson used a 15-2 run, which included three forces turnovers, to pull the lead into double digits. A pair of layups by Mirarchi and Jeneh Perry pulled Loyola to it’s closest deficit for the remainder of the matchup, 43-32, with just over seven minutes remaining.
Towson’s Dominique Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, while LaTorri Hines-Allen and Tanisha McTiller contributed 13 and 14 points, respectively.
The Greyhounds being their inaugural season in the Patriot League, traveling to the United States Naval Academy on January 2, 2014, for the first conference game of the season. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.