Women's Basketball Celebrates Senior Day With 18-Point Win Over Navy
BALTIMORE - Freshman Isabella Therien scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help lead Loyola University Maryland to a 58-40 Senior Day win over the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
During the game, Stephanie Karcz broke the school single-season rebounding record, logging her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Her 14 rebounds moved her 2017-18 total to 294, surpassing Patty Stoffey's 1994-95 record of 285.
The Greyhounds (8-20 overall, 6-11 Patriot League) honored seniors CaLee Gelbaugh and Madelene McDonald in pre-game ceremonies, but out of the gate, Loyola missed its first seven shots from the floor. Navy (22-6, 12-5 Patriot League), however, had only led 4-0 after missing three of five shots and turning the ball over twice.
Gelbaugh knocked down a three to spark an 8-0 Loyola run that would give Loyola an 8-4 lead on a Therien traditional 3-point play with a layup and free throw. The Greyhounds would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.
The Greyhounds closed out the first quarter with a 14-3 run that enabled them to take a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
Sophomore guard Alexis Gray scored five points into the second quarter as the Greyhounds extended their lead to 30-17 at halftime. Loyola held the Mids to 25 percent shooting in the first half as Navy made only 7-of-25 shots from the floor and just 3-of-16 3-pointers.
After Loyola maintained its double-digit lead through the third quarter, the Mids tried to rally early in the fourth quarter. Molly Sanders hit a pair of threes early in the period as Navy pulled to within 10, at 45-35, with 8:15 left in regulation.
Gray responded with a trey, and Therien and Karcz converted in the paint, pushing the lead to 52-35 with 6:34 on the clock. Ashley Hunter wrapped up the 9-0 run with a basket at 3:57, and Loyola had its largest lead of the game, 54-35.
Gray's three 3-pointers extended her Loyola single-season record to 61, as she finished with 15 points, and Gelbaugh and Hunter each scored seven.
The Greyhounds, who outrebounded the Mids by a 41-25 advantage, avenged a 73-44 loss to Navy back in December. They held Navy to 30.4 percent shooting from the floor and forced 19 turnovers in handing the Mids their most lopsided loss of the season.
Gelbaugh and McDonald both played significant roles in Loyola's win. Gelbaugh scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds and made three steals in 39 minutes of action. McDonald scored two points and had two rebounds and an assist.
Therien, the fifth-leading freshman scorer in NCAA Division I, made 7-of-19 shots from the floor. She also grabbed seven rebounds and had a team-high four steals.
With one steal against Navy, Karcz now has 102 on the season, tying her for the second-highest single-season total in program history. She also had a game-high six assists.
No Navy player scored in double-figures in the game. Kaila Clark led Navy with eight points and five rebounds in the loss to Loyola; she also had three blocked shots and three steals. Sanders added six points.
Navy was held to 25 percent shooting from three-point range, well below its seasonal average of 32.1 percent.
With the win, Loyola moved into a three-way tie with Lafayette (10-17, 6-11) and Holy Cross (6-11, 8-20) for sixth place in the Patriot League standings. The top-six teams earn a first-round bye.
The Greyhounds close out the regular season on Wednesday, February 28 when they host Boston University at 7 p.m.