Comeback Falls Short For Women's Basketball At American
Feb. 7, 2018
By Emma Hagedoorn
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team trailed by only two points in the fourth quarter but American University held off the Greyhounds, earning a 69-56 victory at Bender Arena.
With the win, the Eagles remain undefeated in Patriot League play and move to 19-4 overall this season.
Alexis Gray and Isabella Therien were the game’s leading scorers grabbing 18 and 14 points respectively. Stephanie Karcz ended with a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds, and added seven assists for Loyola (7-16 overall, 5-7 Patriot League).
Cecily Carl led American in rebounds with 15 while Emily Kinneston led the team in points at 17.
Gray scored Loyola’s first five points to give the Greyhounds a one-point lead, 5-4. But American switched the lead and pulled ahead 15-5, with an 11-0 run. Points from Therien and Gray cut Loyola’s deficit to six, 15-9, by the end of the quarter.
American kept its lead in the beginning of the second quarter, starting with six-consecutive points to gain a double-digit lead, 21-9. Karcz put Loyola into double-digits by sinking two free throw shots, 21-11.
The end of the quarter left the two teams exchanging baskets, advancing the Eagles to a 15-point lead, prompting Loyola to call a timeout. Delaney Connolly wrapped up the first half with a three-pointer, moving the halftime score to 32-21.
The Eagles started off with the first points of the third quarter, but Gray and Courtney Vannoy soon brought the Greyhounds to within single digits of the Eagles’ lead, 45-36. Therein held Loyola close by scoring the Greyhounds’ next five points, 49-41, but American closed out the quarter with a 10-point lead, 51-41.
The fourth quarter showed the Greyhounds were not giving up, with Therien knocking in the first five points of the game followed by teammate Karcz making a basket to pull Loyola within three, 51-48. With another two-pointer by Therien, the Eagles had only a two-point lead, 52-50. Gray later swished a 3-pointer, once again bringing the difference to two, 58-56, but those would be the last points of the game for the Greyhounds, as American closed out the game with another 11-0 run for a 69-56 victory.
Earlier this season, the Greyhounds loss to American 71-58.
Loyola will be back at Reitz Arena on Saturday to play Lafayette with a 2 p.m. tipoff, after being on the road for