Karcz's Career-High 25 Point Leads Women's Hoops To Season-Opening Win
Nov. 10, 2017
BALTIMORE - Sophomore forward Stephanie Karcz made 11 of 13 shots from the floor and scored a career-high 25 points as she led the Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team to a 78-63 victory over Cornell University in the season-opener for both teams at Reitz Arena on Friday afternoon.
The Greyhounds (1-0 overall), who trailed only once in the game, opened the contest by taking an 18-8 lead in the first five minutes as Karcz scored eight points. Loyola, which led by 20-14 after the first quarter, fell behind early in the second quarter when the Big Red (0-1) went on a 9-2 run opening the period. A free throw by sophomore Samantha Widmann with 6:59 left in the period gave Cornell its only lead at 23-22.
A 3-point basket by freshman Izzy Therien just 10 seconds later gave the Greyhounds a 25-23 lead that they never relinquished. Therien, who came off the bench to score nine points in the second quarter, helped the Greyhounds build a 44-31 advantage at halftime. Her three-pointer ignited a 10-1 run that put Loyola ahead by 34-24 with 4:18 left in the half. Loyola scored the final eight points of the half.
The Greyhounds pulled away with a record-setting third quarter. Loyola broke the school record with 30 points in the period, shattering the school record of 24, a feat that was accomplished three times. In the third quarter, the Greyhounds made 8 of 11 shots from the floor and 13 of 16 free throw attempts. They built their lead to as many as 29 points when Therien completed a 3-point play to make it a 72-43 lead with 1:19 left in the quarter.
After three quarters, the Greyhounds were shooting 71.1 percent from the field and had a 74-47 advantage.
With the commanding lead, Loyola Coach Joe Logan emptied his bench and no starters played in the fourth quarter. As a result, Cornell outscored the Greyhounds by 16-4 in the fourth quarter to narrow its deficit to 78-63.
The win over Cornell ended a three-game losing skid to the Big Red and evened the series at three victories each. It was Loyola's first win over Cornell since 1991.
Led by Karcz, the Greyhounds shot 58 percent from the floor in their season-opening win.
Therien also played very well in her first college game. She scored 18 points in just 17 minutes of action while hitting 7 of 10 shots from the floor. Therien's 18 points were the most points ever scored by a freshman in her first game under Logan.
The Greyhounds had 17 steals, led by five from Karcz, while forcing 28 turnovers by Cornell.
Cornell was led by sophomore guard Samantha Widmann, who made 7 of 12 shots from the floor for a team high 19 points. Widmann also grabbed a game high eight rebounds as Cornell outrebounded Loyola, 38-22.
Loyola returns to action on Tuesday, November 14 when the Greyhounds host George Mason University at Reitz Arena at 7:00 p.m.