Women's Basketball Begins Road Trip With Loss At No. 16 Marquette
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Stephanie Karcz led all players with a career-high 27 points, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team started its five-game road trip with a 83-63 loss to No. 16 Marquette Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center.
Karcz also led the Greyhounds (1-3 overall) with nine rebounds, while sophomore Alexis Gray chipped in 13 points and freshman Delaney Connolly added six rebounds. Senior CaLee Gelbugh distributed a personal-best six assists.
Erika Davenport led Marquette, preseason BIG EAST favorites, with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Allazia Blockton had a team-best 19 points.
The nationally ranked Golden Eagles (1-1) doubled up on the Greyhounds by the first media timeout, as they held an 18-9 advantage at the 3:09 mark, but Karcz scored the game’s next five points to bring Loyola within four, at 18-14.
Courtney Vannoy then answered Marquette’s jumper at the one-minute mark to keep the Greyhounds within four, but the Golden Eagles closed out the frame with another jumper to earn a 22-16 advantage.
Karcz cut the Greyhounds’ deficit back to four, at 22-18, to start the second quarter, but the Golden Eagles went on a 15-6 run after that to extend their lead to 13, with 4:37 to play in the half.
Gray connected from downtown to snap the run and the Greyhounds forced a turnover to try to swing momentum back their way, but Marquette ended up scoring the next five points to force Loyola to call a timeout, down 42-27 at the 2:11 mark.
Loyola closed out the half on a 5-2 run, but the Golden Eagles ended up outscoring the Greyhounds 22-16 through the quarter for a 44-32 halftime advantage.
Marquette came out of the break hot, scoring the first 10 points, including connecting from long range on back-to-back attempts, to pull ahead 54-32 at the 6:09 mark.
Molly Taylor converted an and-one opportunity to break run, but the Golden Eagles were able to score three more points before Loyola went on an 8-4 run to move the score to 61-43, in favor of the home team.
Loyola would be unable to get any closer at that point, as Marquette scored the next six points. The Greyhounds would answer with an 11-0 run though, with nine points coming from Karcz, to cut their deficit to 13, at 67-54, with 7:23 to play.
That would be as close as the Greyhounds would get, as the Golden Eagles answered with their won 8-0 run and went on to win 83-63.
Loyola will return to action on Tuesday as it travels to Norfolk State for an 11 a.m. tipoff.