Dec. 31, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Kristina Collymore made an 18-foot jumper with just under 30 seconds remaining to break a tie and lift Bucknell to a 59-56 non-conference win on Monday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.
Tynisha Davis drove down the right side of the lane and made a right-handed layup with 59.4 seconds left. She was fouled and made the subsequent free throw for Loyola (7-5) to tie the game at 56-56.
Bucknell (5-9) could not get an open look on the ensuing possession, but Collymore drained the jumper with two seconds left on the shot clock and a hand in her face to put the Bison ahead, 58-56.
Davis had a look from the free-throw line extended on the right side with just under 10 seconds left, but the shot went long, and Kesha Champion corralled the rebound for Bucknell.
Davis finished with a career-high and team-leading 16 points on 6-of-9 from the field.
"I give a lot of credit to Bucknell's guards at the end," Head Coach Joe Logan said. "They made a good play to get a shot, and they continued to run their offense even though they did not have good looks at first."
Loyola trailed 50-43 with 7:24 to play, but they Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run to pull within one as Davis made a layup with 4:27 left.
Amanda Brown hit an 18-foot jumper on Bucknell's possession, but Davis hit a shot of her own to keep Loyola within one, 52-51.
Hope Foster's jumper with 2:47 remaining gave the Bison a three-point advantage, but Kaitlin Grant rebounded a Davis miss and keep Loyola within one.
Foster made another layup with 1:32 left, setting up the possession where Davis would make the tying shot and free throw.
The Greyhounds never led, and Bucknell led by as many as six, 13-7, in the first half.
Meghan Wood, however, tied the game at 29-29 with 57 ticks left before halftime by making two free throws.
Champion, however, nailed a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring to give Bucknell a 32-29 lead with 27seconds left. Vika Sholokhova made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the Bison halftime lead to 32-30.
Brown and Champion each scored 18 to lead all players in scoring, while Foster added 15 for the Bison.
Davis was the only Loyola player to score in double-figures, but Sholokhova scored nine and had a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench.
"'T' got some good looks tonight, and she made a lot of them for herself when plays broke down," Logan said. "We got her the ball on the wing and set a screen at the end. She had a pull-up jumper (with nine seconds left), but it didn't go."
The game was the final non-conference tilt of Loyola's regular season. The Greyhounds begin the first of 16 consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games on Saturday, January 5, 2008, when they host Mahnattan at 2 p.m in Reitz Arena.