Baltimore, Md. (December 3, 2016) – A second half comeback attempt fell just short for Mount St. Mary's University as the Mountaineers were edged by Loyola, 58-53, on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. Mikal Johnson paced the Mountaineers with 15 points in the contest.
Johnson went 4-for-11 from the floor and 3-of-8 from downtown for a team-high 15 points as the grad transfer registered her fourth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Katrice Dickson and Alexis Carter chipped in with 12 points apiece, and Carter also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Senior Point guard Kathleen Belanger-Finn added a career-high six assists.
Alexis Gray knocked down five three-pointers to lead all scorers in the contest with 19 points. Bri Betz-White was the other Greyhound to reach double-figures, tallying 10 points, including eight in the second half.
Loyola opened a 21-7 advantage after the first quarter behind five points apiece from Stephanie Karcz and Lisa Mirarchi, but the Mount closed the gap early in the second with some hot three-point shooting. Dickson, Carter and Johnson each knocked down a three in the opening three-plus minutes of the period as the Mount climbed within seven, 23-16, at the 6:52 mark.
The Greyhounds outscored the Mount 12-7 through the remainder of the quarter, fueled by eight points from Gray, and took a 35-24 lead into the halftime break.
The Mount opened the third period on a 13-4 run to trim the deficit to 39-37 at the 2:16 mark. The stretch was capped by a three-point play from Johnson, who had six points during the run.
Mirarchi hit a three-pointer to end the run, but the Mount scored the final five points of the quarter to tie things at 42-42 heading into the fourth. The Mountaineers outscored Loyola by an 18-7 margin in the period, holding the Greyhounds to just 16.7-percent shooting.
The Greyhound defense held the Mount to just three points in the opening six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter during a 13-3 run as they extended their lead to 55-45 with 3:49 remaining.
A three-point play from Carter and pair of free throws from Caroline Hummell trimmed the deficit to 55-50 at the 2:55 mark. Betz-White knocked down one of two from the line on the ensuing possession for Loyola to make it a six-point game, but Johnson responded with her third three-pointer to bring the Mount within one possession, 56-53.
Lauren Daugherty hit a long jumper on the other end to push the Loyola lead to 58-53, and the Greyhound defense tightened up in the final minute-plus as Loyola held off the Mount for the five-point victory.
With the win, Loyola improves to 3-4 on the year while the Mount dropps to 2-5.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a matchup with UMES on Wednesday, December 7. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m., and action can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com.