Late Run Sends Mount St. Mary's Past Women's Basketball
EMMITSBURG, Md. -
Mount St. Mary’s outscored the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team 24-17 through the fourth quarter to escape with a 71-63 win over the Greyhounds at Knott Arena Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Stephanie Karcz led Loyola (2-5 overall) with her second double-double of the season, contributing 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. She also added a game-high six steals, with five coming in the first half.
Sophomore Alexis Gray also reached double figures in scoring, adding 12 points, while freshmen Delaney Connolly and Izzy Therien chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Juliette Lawless led Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Shooting woes hampered the Greyhounds through the first quarter as they shot 2-of-22 from the floor and trailed Mount St. Mary’s 12-8 at the quarter break.
Loyola opened the second frame on a 10-2 run though to take its first lead of the game on Gray’s jumper at the 5:55 mark and the Greyhounds extended their lead to four, at 18-14, on Karcz’s steal and fast-break layup.
The Greyhounds used the momentum to pull ahead by as many as eight, 27-19, in the quarter, but the Mount responded with a 9-5 run to cut Loyola’s lead to four at halftime, 32-28.
Mount St. Mary’s controlled the first half of the third quarter, turning its four-point deficit into a three-point advantage, 37-34, by the 6:53 mark, but Karcz’s free throw and Gray’s layup evened the game at 37-37.
Therien again pulled the Greyhounds even at 39 all, before senior Bri Betz-White knotted the score at 41 and sparked a six-point run that put Loyola ahead four, 45-41.
Loyola would be unable to hold onto the advantage though, as the Mount scored six of the frame’s final seven points to take a 47-46 lead into the final quarter.
The two squads again traded leads to open the fourth quarter, but Karcz converted a pair of free throws and Betz-White knocked down a 3-pointer to push the Greyhounds ahead, 53-49. Betz-White then saved a ball from going out of bounds and Karcz scored to give Loyola a six-point advantage and force Mount St. Mary’s to call a timeout, down 55-49.
The Mount responded with a 7-2 run out of the break to pull within one, 57-56, before Connolly’s layup halted the streak. That wouldn’t be enough to quiet Mount St. Mary’s though, as the Mount strung together an eight-point run that gave them a 64-59 lead with 2:12 to play and ultimately put the game out of reach for Loyola.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to St. Francis Brooklyn for a 7 p.m. tipoff.