Karcz Leads With Double-Double As Women's Basketball Falls At Boston
Sophomore Stephanie Karcz led all players with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team’s 75-56 loss to Boston University at Case Gym Friday night.
Karcz also added a game-high five steals, while freshman Izzy Therien chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds for the Greyhounds (2-12 overall, 0-3 Patriot League).
Nia Irving led Boston University (7-1, 2-1) with 21 points.
Therien and Karcz gave Loyola an early 3-0 lead, before back-to-back baskets from the Terriers reversed the advantage to the home team, at 4-3. Therien briefly sent it back Loyola’s way, 5-4, but the Terriers’ free throw evened the game at five all. A pair of Boston layups around the first-quarter media timeout gave the Terriers a four-point cushion, at 9-5.
Karcz’s layup at the 3:17 mark cut the Greyhounds’ deficit to two, but Boston went on a 12-0 run to build a 21-7 advantage by the 9:51 mark of the second quarter. Karcz halted the run with a layup, but the Terriers’ converted a pair of free throws to force Loyola to call a timeout, down 23-9.
Karcz put together a 5-0 run to pull Loyola within single digits, at 23-14, but the Terriers answered with six-unanswered points to extend their lead to 29-14. Sophomore Alexis Gray connected from long range with 3:24 on the clock, but the Greyhounds were held to only free throws the rest of the half and they found themselves trailing 40-22 at the break.
Therien and Karcz attempted to spark a third-quarter comeback for the Greyhounds, combining for 16 of Loyola’s 19 points throughout the period, but the Terriers also scored 19, sending Boston into the final quarter with a 59-41 advantage.
A fourth-quarter 3-pointer from Gray sparked a 9-2 run for the Greyhounds, cutting their deficit to 13 with 6:07 to play. Sophomore Molly Taylor then converted a pair of free throws after the Terriers’ basket to keep Loyola within 13, before Therien and Taylor combined to bring the Greyhounds within 12, at 67-55. That would be as close as Loyola would get though, as Boston closed out the game on an 8-1 run to secure the 75-56 victory.
Loyola will return home for a pair of games next week, as it hosts Holy Cross on Monday at 7 p.m. and American Thursday for Field Trip Day at 11:30 a.m.