Dec. 29, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought, physical contest at the buzzer Thursday evening, as Towson’s Krystal Parnell dropped in a layup as time expired to give the Tigers a 56-54 victory at the Towson Center
The win marks the sixth-straight for the Tigers, who are ranked 22nd in the mid-major poll and 25th in the latest RPI, as Towson improves to 10-2 this season. The Greyhounds close out their non-conference schedule with a 4-7 record.
Loyola had three players in double figures, including junior Katie Sheahin who had a team-high 15 points to mark her fourth-straight double-figure game. Junior Alyssa Sutherland added 12 points for the Greyhounds, while senior Miriam McKenzie chipped in 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
For Towson, Krystin Fields had a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Parnell had 16 points. Nyree Williams grabbed a game-high 13 boards for the Tigers, while Tanisha McTiller added seven assists.
The Greyhounds fell behind early on, but used strong defense to work their way back into the contest. Towson jumped out to a 13-0 lead less than six minutes into play and held onto its advantage until the 8:21 mark. McKenzie and Sutherland then sunk two free throws each to spark a 15-2 run over a span of 7:32 to bring the Greyhounds within one, 21-20, with 2:08 left in the half.
Towson closed out the half by scoring four of the final five points though, taking a 25-21 advantage into the intermission.
Out of the break, the Tigers scored first to extend their lead to 28-21 and then used a 6-0 run to gain a 37-29 advantage with 15:04 to play. The Greyhounds had an answer though, as Sheahin and freshman Steph Smith combined for eight points to knot the score at 37 with 13:33 on the clock.
The Tigers wouldn’t relinquish their lead though, as they extended their advantage back to three at 44-41. That would be all the Greyhounds would allow Towson to score for the next five-and-a-half minutes, as Loyola strung together eight-straight points to take its first lead of the game, 49-44.
Loyola maintained its advantage until McTiller hit a 3-pointer with 1:34 to play to knot the score at 54. The Tigers then forced a turnover on the Greyhounds and Parnell knocked in a layup as time expired to give the Tigers the 56-54 victory.
The Greyhounds will return to action after the New Year when they open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play against Niagara. Loyola will host the Purple Eagles at Reitz Arena on Monday, Jan. 2 at 4:30 p.m.