Dec. 29, 2010
Catonsville, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team lost to UMBC, 60-57, tonight on the road at the RAC Arena in Catonsville, Md. Junior Miriam McKenzie had 18 points in the loss tonight to the Retrievers.
"We are going to go to Miriam and she is going to get that opportunity to score and tonight she took advantage of that," said Head Coach Joe Logan about McKenzie's 18 points.
Sophomore Katie Sheahin added 15 points and a career high seven steals for the Greyhounds and senior Meredith Tolley added 12 rebounds and eight points.
"Katie came out and had a really nice second half and Meredith needs to get in there and get the rebounds and she did that," added Logan.
"UMBC is a great team and it was a really good game going into conference."
UMBC had an early lead in the first half at 5-4 but the Greyhounds went on a 7-0 run with a three pointer by sophomore Alyssa Sutherland and a couple of steals and lay-ins by McKenzie and Sheahin. Loyola took the lead 11-5 but the Retrievers had an answer with a Erin Brown three pointer.
The game was tied at 24 before UMBC went on a 5-0 run to end the first half 29-24.
In the second half, the Retrievers took a 10 point lead with 13:53 left in the second half but the Greyhounds were able to come within seven at 13:09 by a Erica DiClemente three pointer.
With eight minutes left in the game, Loyola came within one with a lay-in by McKenzie but it wasn't enough and UMBC answered back with a lay-in by Michelle Kurowski.
The Greyhounds kept it close but were never able to take the lead. The Greyhounds came within two with 26 second left in the game with a Sheahin three pointer but UMBC finished the game with a Kurowski free throw.
The Retrievers had four players in double digits and was led by Kurowski who had 18 points and seven rebounds. Tope Obajoul had 11 points and led on the boards with nine.
The Greyhounds will open conference play with a couple of road games on Sunday, January 2, at Manhattan. Tip-off set for 2:00 p.m. and will face Rider on Tuesday, January 4, at 7:00 p.m.
"We think our conference overall has been struggling a little bit and that has to do with the strength of their schedule," said Logan. "We are going to have a tough weekend at Manhattan and Rider."