Gray's 3-Pointer Wins Nail-Biter For Women's Hoops In Final Seconds
Jan. 24, 2018
By Emma Hagedoorn '20
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Alexis Gray drained a 3-pointer with less than two seconds to play Wednesday night to lift the Loyola University Maryland basketball team to a 67-64 win over Lehigh in a nail-biter played at Reitz Arena.
With 30 seconds to go and the score tied at 64, the Mountain Hawks (12-8 overall, 6-3 Patriot League) missed a pair of free throws setting Loyola (6-14, 4-5) up for a game-winning opportunity. After using crisp ball movement to run down the clock, junior Courtney Vannoy found Gray wide open for the game-winning trey.
Freshman Isabella Therien tied a career high with 21 points and grabbed a personal-best eight rebounds for Loyola, while Gray chipped in 17 points and Stephanie Karcz contributed 16 points, six assists and six steals.
Lehigh was led by Quinci Mann's game-high 32 points.
Tthe two teams traded points early on in the game, with Lehigh leading 17-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Mountain Hawks extended their lead to eight before the Greyhounds answered with back-to-back baskets from Vannoy and Therien, pulling Loyola within four, at 22-18.
Lehigh again had an answer and worked its advantage to 10 at 28-18, but Loyola closed out the half with an 18-4 run to take a 36-32 advantage at halftime.
Loyola kept its lead for the first part of the third quarter, but Lehigh soon caught up and took a five-point advantage, 43-48, into the third-quarter media timeout, at the 3:38 mark.
The Greyhounds rallied though and ended the third quarter tied with the Mountain Hawks at 53.
Loyola opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run to take a five-point lead of 62-57 at the 5:34 mark. Lehigh chipped away at its deficit and eventually pulled in front, 64-62 at 39 seconds. Karcz evened the game for the ninth time with a layup at the 30 second mark, before the Mountain Hawks missed their free throws and Gray stunned with her third 3-pointer of the game.
With the win, the Greyhounds have now won three-straight Patriot League games.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Army West point for a 3 p.m. tipoff.