Karcz, Therien Unable To Get Women's Basketball Past Army West Point
Jan. 2, 2018
BALTIMORE - Freshman Izzy Therien contributed a personal-best 21 points and sophomore Stephanie Karcz turned in her eighth career double-double, but it wouldn't be enough to get the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team past preseason favorite Army West Point Tuesday night, as the Greyhounds fell to the Black Knights, 69-62, at Reitz Arena.
Loyola (2-11 overall, 0-2 Patriot League) used a 9-2 run late in the fourth quarter to pull within two points of Army West Point (8-5, 1-1), at 64-62, but the Black Knights shutout the Greyhounds for the final 1:20 en route to the win.
In addition to her career-high 21 points, Therien also added six rebounds and a career-high five assists, while Karcz finished with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for her eighth collegiate double-double. Sophomore Alexis Gray chipped in 14 points for Loyola and freshman Delaney Connolly tied her personal-best with 11. Sophomore Ashley Hunter finished with a game-high three blocks.
Aliyah Murray led Army West Point with a game-high 23 points, while Madison Hovren, the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Greyhounds came out of the gate strong, pouring in 24 first-quarter points to lead the Black Knights by nine, 24-13, at the first break. Therien recorded nine of those points, while her 3-pointer at the 5:41 mark put Loyola ahead, 7-6, and sparked an 18-4 run that gave the Greyhounds an 11-point advantage, 22-11. Therien then closed out the scoring in the quarter with a layup to get Loyola to 24 points and tie the program's record for points in a first quarter (set at Boston University on February 14, 2016).
Therien's layup at the 7:26 mark of the second quarter saw her reach double digits in scoring for the eighth time in nine collegiate contests, while it also regained an 11-point advantage for the Greyhounds, at 28-17. Hunter then drew a charge foul on Army West Point's next possession, but the Black Knights responded with nine-straight points to pull within two, at 28-26.
Gray answered with a 3-pointer and Therien followed it up with a layup of her own to keep Loyola ahead, but Army West Point scored 10 of the final 12 points in the quarter to tie the game at halftime, 36-36.
Therien opened the second-half scoring, but the Black Knights answered her basket with five-straight points to take their first lead since the opening minute of the game. Karcz cut the Greyhounds' deficit to one, at 41-40, before a 6-2 Black Knights run put Army West Point up 47-42. Connolly converted a pair of free throws to keep Loyola within three, but eight-straight points from the visitors gave Army West Point a 55-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
Connolly scored the first basket of the fourth and then Therien sparked a 7-0 Greyhound run that pulled Loyola within four, at 57-53. The Black Knights answered with five-unanswered points, but back-to-back baskets from Therien saw Loyola go on a 9-2 run that put it within two, 64-62, with 1:20 to play.
That would be as close as the Greyhounds would get though, as the Black Knights held Loyola scoreless for the remainder of the contest, en route to the 69-62 victory.
Loyola will return to action on Friday as it travels to Boston University for the Terriers' Field Trip Day. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. at Case Gym.