Fairfield Sneaks Past Women's Basketball
Feb. 24, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team was edged out by Fairfield, 44-42, at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, Conn., on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.
The Greyhounds (13-15, 9-8 MAAC) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after trimming an eight-point Fairfield (21-7, 14-3) lead to two, but Katie Sheahin's driving layup over two defenders was off the mark with less than a second to go.
Sheahin led Loyola with 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Miriam McKenzie notched a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Alyssa Sutherland added nine points off the bench.
Desiree Pina led the Stags with 16 points while Taryn Johnson added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Trailing 44-36 with less than four minutes to go, the Greyhounds defense cranked up the pressure, forcing turnovers to slowly climb back into the game.
McKenzie started the comeback, hitting a short jumper in the lane to cut the deficit to six.
After Sutherland made a steal, she found Sheahin on a backdoor cut on the baseline where the junior finished a reverse layup to bring the Greyhounds within four at 44-40 with 2:44 left.
On the ensuing possession Nneka Offodile tipped a Brittany MacFarlane pass and Sutherland picked it up, sending Loyola on a fast break. The ball ended up in the hands of McKenzie who powered up for two to bring Loyola within two points with just over a minute remaining.
The Greyhounds forced a miss on the next possession, but McKenzie overthrew Kara Marshall on the break to turn the ball back over to the Stags.
MacFarlane then missed a free throw with 11 seconds left for the Stags and the rebound went out of bounds to Loyola.
Sheahin drove hard to her left on the Greyhound possession, but missed a difficult left-handed layup and Johnson grabbed the rebound for Fairfield to seal the game.
Loyola led by three points at halftime and by as many as seven points in the second half. The Greyhounds took their largest lead of the game when Sheahin scored the first four points of the second half to put Loyola up, 26-19, with 19:02 left in the game.
Sheahin started the second half with four points and assisted on the next three baskets for Loyola.
Fairfield slowly chipped into the Greyhound lead and then used a 13-2 run to push the advantage to eight points at 42-34 with 7:21 left. The Greyhounds allowed just two more points for the rest of the game.
Loyola outshot the Stags 39.6-percent to 28.8-percent and outrebounded Fairfield 39 to 35. Fairfield’s offense came from 3-point shooting, hitting eight from downtown including three by Pina.
Loyola did its damage in the paint, outscoring the Stags 32-12 inside for the game.
The Greyhounds play their regular-season finale at home against first-place Marist on Sunday at 4 p.m. The team will celebrate Senior Day, as well as Women Sports in Day.
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