Mount Women’s Basketball Falls at Loyola, 56-49

Mount Women’s Basketball Falls at Loyola, 56-49

Baltimore (December 6, 2014) – Clinging to a one-point lead with just over six minutes left, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not hold on as Loyola came back to hand the Mount a 56-49 road loss at Reitz Arena on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Katrice Dickson scored seven of her career-high nine points in the second half for the Mountaineers.

In a back-and-forth affair that featured eight lead changes and four ties, the Mount (1-6) could not overcome Loyola (1-6) scoring 30 points off 25 turnovers. The Mountaineers trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before clawing back into the game in the final 20 minutes.

Loyola's Bri Betz-White led all scorers with 14 points with Lisa Mirarchi adding 10 points for the home side.

Early in the first half, Sarafina Arthur-Williams finished at the rim with a layup off a spin move, then set up Stacey Koutris for a corner jumper for a 7-6 Mount lead with 14:30 left on the first-half clock.

Trailing by five later in the half, Kathleen Belanger-Finn nailed a three, and Jenn Carney immediately followed with a steal and breakaway layup to even the scoring at 13-13.

Loyola answered with a Lauren Daugherty three-pointer with just under nine minutes left in the half to spark a 14-1 run that spanned seven minutes. Jacqueline Brewer broke through with a jumper with 2:05 left in the first half to cut the deficit to 27-16.

The Greyhounds took a 29-20 advantage into halftime.

Lockdown defense helped the Mount hold the Greyhounds without a field goal for the first 5:39 of the second half as the deficit evaporated. The Mount scored 12 of the first 13 points in the second half to storm all the way back to take a 32-30 lead. Brewer and Jessica Harris scored five points apiece in the stretch, and Carney drove to the basket and finished for the lead.

The Greyhounds regained the edge and led by seven at 43-36 on a pair of Mirarchi free throws with 10:18 remaining. The Mount refused to go away, however, and battled back to level the score at 43-43 on a Dickson layup.

The Mount's final lead came on another Dickson layup with 6:21 left for a 47-46 advantage. Loyola outscored the Mount, 10-2, the rest of the way, icing the game at the free throw line.

Next on the schedule, the Mount returns to Knott Arena for a home game versus Coppin State on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Saturday marked the 36th all-time meeting between the two programs… The Mount's record versus Loyola fell to 23-13.