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Marshall Leads Women's Basketball To Win Over American In PL Opener

Dec. 30, 2015

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BALTIMORE -  Senior Colleen Marshall scored a game-high 17 points, including knocking down the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:32 to play, to lead the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team to a 52-46 win over American University in the Patriot League opener Wednesday afternoon at Reitz Arena.

Senior Jeneh Perry helped Marshall offensively, adding 12 points for Loyola (4-8 overall, 1-0 Patriot League), while senior Steph Smith finished with a game-high eight rebounds.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair which featured three tied scores and nine lead changes. With the game tied at 22-22, Smith converted a layup as time expired to put Loyola ahead 24-22 at the break.

American (2-10, 0-1) came back from halftime and used an 11-4 run to lead by as many as five points, 33-28, with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter. Smith halted the Eagles' run by knocking down a trey, but it was Perry's free throws that knotted the score, 33-33, with 3:04 left to play in the frame. The two teams went on to close out the quarter with a pair of field goals to keep the contest tied at 35.  

The Patriot League foes traded baskets to open the fourth quarter, but American's Cecily Carl pushed the Eagles ahead, 41-40, with 6:59 left to play. Kate Bond extended American's lead to four, 44-40, but Marshall scored nine of the next 11 points to regain the lead for Loyola, 49-46, with 49 seconds remaining. The Greyhounds closed out the game with a trio of free throws to get their first win over American since joining the Patriot League in 2013.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Lafayette College at 2 p.m.