Bucknell Edges Loyola Despite Late Rally

Dec. 31, 2007

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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.

Champion was fouled and made 1-of-2 from the line with 7.1 seconds left. Vika Sholokhova got the rebound for the Greyhounds, and Candice Walker missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

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.