Rebounding, Balance Spurs Women's Basketball Past Canisius
Feb. 2, 2012
BALTIMORE - Four Loyola University Maryland players scored in double figures, led by Miriam McKenzie's 22, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting Canisius College, 70-62, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Thursday night in Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds (9-13 overall, 5-6 MAAC) led the entire game and avenged a 65-55 just six days ago to the Golden Griffins (10-12, 4-7) in Buffalo.
In addition to McKenzie's 22, Katie Sheahin scored 17, and Kara Marshall went 10-of-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 15. Nneka Offodile added 10, and Alyssa Sutherland had six to go with eight rebounds.
Canisius' Jamie Ruttle led all scorers with 24 points, making 10-of-12 shots.
Loyola outrebounded Canisius, 36-26, and had an 18-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Greyhounds also committed a season-low seven turnovers, four below their previous baseline this season.
The squad also forced Canisius into 17 turnovers, 10 by way of the steal. Sutherland led the team with three steals while Sheahin, Offodile and Marshall each had two. Sheahin moved her career total to 248 and is just three away from break the school's all-time career steals mark set by Lorrie Schenning in 1990.
The Greyhounds started the game on a 12-2 run and led the game from start-to-finish for the second-straight contest. Loyola pushed the lead to as many as 15 in the first half after a Sheahin layup made it 28-13 with 5:41 remaining.
Offodile scored all 10 of her points in the first half on four-of-eight shooting, while Loyola forced Canisius in 12 first-half turnovers. The Greyhounds had 12 assists on 14 made field goals and took a 33-21 advantage to the locker room.
Loyola jumped out to a 19-point lead with 14:21 left in the second half when Sutherland took an Offodile pass and scored in the paint to make it 45-29.
McKenzie made it 49-30, another 19-point lead, with 13 minutes left, but the Golden Griffins held the Greyhounds without a field goal for over eight minutes. Loyola, however, made several free throws during the stretch, and it still led by 13 when McKenzie laid in another basket off an offensive board with 4:54 remaining.
Canisius scored 11 of the next 14 points following that basket, and a Ruttle jumper made it a five-point game, 58-53, with 2:21 left.
The Greyhounds responded as Sheahin drove the lane and hit a difficult left-handed layup that went through just before the shot clock expired and put Loyola on top by seven with under two to play.
Loyola closed the game by hitting 10-straight free throws in the final minute and finished 22-of-28 (78.6-percent) from the charity stripe.
The win gave the Greyhounds back-to-back victories for the second time this season and the first time since defeating Howard on Nov. 27 and Army and Dec. 3. It also gave Loyola five wins in its last six games against the Golden Griffins.
The Greyhounds continue their four-game home stand on Saturday afternoon when they host Rider Unviersity at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 4.
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