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Second-Half Surge Leads Women's Basketball Over Rider

Alyssa Sutherland's defense helped hold the Broncs to just 37.5 percent shooting and leading scorer Amanda Sepulveda to just three points.
Alyssa Sutherland's defense helped hold the Broncs to just 37.5 percent shooting and leading scorer Amanda Sepulveda to just three points.

Jan. 8, 2010


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BALTIMORE, Md. - In a game characterized by long, back-and-forth runs, the Loyola University women's basketball team went on one final run in the second half Friday morning, that led to a 64-50 win over Rider in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Greyhounds (7-7, 2-1 MAAC) shot nearly 50 percent from the field in the second half, and dominated the final 10 minutes of play Friday, and remain unbeaten (3-0) at Reitz Arena.

Erica DiClemente and Katie Sheahin both turned in career-best performances, with DiClemente matching her career-best with 19 points and Sheahin posting career-highs in points (12) and assists (four). Miriam McKenzie's 11 boards also tied her top mark.

Kaitlin Grant had 12 points and a game-leading seven steals.

Rider's Caitlin Bopp tied DiClemente with a game-high 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Broncs (2-12, 0-3 MAAC). Carleigh Brown scored nine and added in nine boards.

Loyola held Rider's leading scorer, Amanda Sepulveda, scoreless until the final 37 seconds of play, when the point guard swished a three-pointer.

Although the Broncs were out-shooting Greyhounds for much of the game, Rider's 26 turnovers proved to be a key factor. Loyola scored 25 points off turnovers and had a season-high 16 steals. There were just two Rider players that did not turn the ball over multiple times with Steph Wisniewski being the only Bronc without a turnover.

The two teams took turns holding one another scoreless for long stretches throughout the game, with Loyola going on the first and the final runs.

The `Hounds took the lead at the onset. A spinning hook at the low post by Grant helped the Greyhounds jump out to an early 9-2 lead. DiClemente pushed the score to 11-2 with a shot from under the basket.

But Loyola then went 0-for-12 and the Broncs crept up to tie at 11-11.

Loyola was held scoreless for nearly eight minutes as the Broncs went on a 15-0 run. DiClemente finally broke the scoreless streak with a long jumper from the top of the key, sparking a 9-0 rally with just 1:40 left to go.

However, Rider nearly matched that run with under a minute to play and closed out the half with a slim 27-26 lead.

After going shot-for-shot at the start of the second half, the `Hounds broke through with a 10-point lead eight minutes into the period. Bopp ended a three-minute scoreless stretch for the Broncs with a short jumper from the paint.

Twice, Bopp cut the Greyhounds lead to eight points. But with Loyola up 51-43, Alyssa Sutherland netted a three and Grant put in two free throws. Bopp and Brown tried to chip away at the lead but nine points would be the closest Rider would get.

Up 56-47, Meredith Tolley started the final, decisive run with a long three, just under the two minute mark.



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