Women's Basketball Downs Holy Cross For First Patriot League Win
Behind a game-high 21 points and a career-best 19 rebounds from sophomore Stephanie Karcz, the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team earned its first Patriot League win of the season, as it picked up a 77-60 victory over Holy Cross Monday night at Reitz Arena.
Karcz’s 19 rebounds are the most for a Greyhound in head coach Joe Logan’s 13 years with the program and it ties Patty Stoffey at the top of the Loyola’s top single-game performances (kept since 1990), as Stoffey grabbed 19 boards vs. Niagara on February 26, 1991.
In addition to Karcz’s third-straight double-double, freshmen Izzy Therien and Delaney Connolly contributed 18 and 14 points tonight, respectively, while sophomore Alexis Gray added a personal-best six assists.
Lauren Manis led Holy Cross (7-8 overall, 2-2 Patriot League) with 18 points.
Loyola (3-12, 1-3) scored the first seven points of the game and didn’t look back. Connolly knocked down a 3-pointer following Gray’s layup and then Karcz made it 7-0 by the 6:48 mark, forcing the Crusaders to call a timeout.
Holy Cross broke its scoreless streak with a 3-pointer out of the break, but Loyola’s defense held the Crusaders to just four more points throughout the remainder of the quarter, as it pulled ahead by 12, 19-7, at the first intermission.
Loyola then used a 16-8 run throughout the second quarter to work its lead to as many as 20, at 35-15, before seven-straight Crusader points cut Loyola’s lead to 13, 35-22, at halftime.
The Greyhounds maintained their advantage through the majority of the third quarter, as they held a 53-36 advantage at the 1:17 mark, but Holy Cross put together a 7-0 run after that to close out the quarter down 10, 53-43.
Karcz kept Holy Cross from cutting its deficit to single digits, as her fourth-quarter layup sparked a 7-0 run for Loyola that pushed the Greyhounds back ahead 17, at 60-43. The Crusaders worked to pull within 11, at 69-58, but Therien scored seven of the game’s final nine points to seal the 77-60 win for the Greyhounds.
Loyola will return to action on Thursday when it hosts American for Field Trip Day. Tipoff is set for 11:30 a.m.