Women's Basketball Secures No. 6 Seed In Tournament With Win Over BU
By Emma Hagedoorn '20
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team closed out its regular season with a 65-52 win over Boston University at Reitz Arena Wednesday night.
With the win, the Greyhounds have secured the No. 6 seed and a first-round bye in the 2018 Patriot League Championships and will play at third-seeded Navy in the quarterfinal round on Monday.
Sophomore Alexis Gray paced the Greyhounds (9-20 overall, 7-11 Patriot League) with 19 points tonight, sharing game-high honors with Boston University’s Sophie Beaudry.
Freshman Izzy Therien also contributed 15 points for Loyola, while senior CaLee Gelbaugh chipped in 13. Defensively, sophomore Stephanie Karcz grabbed a career-high 10 steals to become the second player in program history to reach double-figures in steals in a game, as Kaitlin Grant set the school record at 12 against Mount St. Mary’s on November 28, 2009.
Boston University (10-18, 5-13) took a 14-12 lead into the second quarter after one tied score at 9-9 and six lead changes.
Karcz evened the game for a second time at 14 and the Terriers answered with a 3-pointer to keep the lead, at 17-14. That is all the Greyhounds allowed as they put together a 16-0 run to end the half with a 30-17 advantage. The three points allowed in the second quarter tied Loyola’s school record for least amount of points in a quarter, while it also set the school record for the least amount of points allowed in the second quarter alone.
But the Terriers came back in the third quarter, using a 15-6 run to cut their deficit to only two, 36-34, around the two-minute mark. A trey from Gray and two free throws from Courtney Vannoy gave the Greyhounds a five-point lead, but BU finished the quarter minimizing it to three, 41-38.
The two squads tied again