Comeback Falls Short For Women's Basketball In Final Minutes To Towson
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team's comeback fell just short against Towson on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena, as the Tigers scored nine of the final 14 points, en route to a 76-67 victory.
Stephanie Karcz put up a team-high 23 points and eight rebounds for Loyola (2-7 overall). Izzy Therien and Alexis Gray finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Ashley Hunter shot a career-high nine points and tied a career-high seven rebounds; Delaney Connolly tied a personal-best eight rebounds.
Towson's Raine Bankston lead the Tigers (4-4) with 17 points, while Mary Cuevas had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
The Greyhounds and Tigers opened the first quarter going back-and-forth with five tied scores in the first seven minutes. No team held more than a three-point advantage until Hunter and Therien combined to give Loyola a 19-12 lead off an 8-0 run.
Towson responded with back-to-back baskets, but Loyola carried the momentum into the second quarter, pulling ahead by 11, 30-19, on Gray's 3-pointer at the 6:56 mark.
The Tigers cut Loyola's lead to three, but points from Hunter and Gray sent Loyola to the locker room with a four-point lead, 37-33, to end the half.
Towson controlled the first part of the second half, turning a four-point halftime deficit into an eight-point advantage by the 3:13 mark of the third quarter. The Greyhounds were able to pull within three, 51-48, off free throws from Karcz, Hunter, and CaLee Gelbaugh, and a 3-pointer from Gray.
That would be as close as Loyola could get until 4:11 mark of fourth quarter when the Greyhounds used a 6-0 run to pull within three again, 61-58. Gray and Karcz answered Towson's points to stay within three, but the Tigers closed out the game with a 9-5 run to earn the 76-67 victory.
The Greyhounds return to action on Monday as they travel to University of Maryland for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
- Torie Smith-Israel '18