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Four Score in Double-Figures for Loyola to Defeat Women's Basketball, 68-55
Chase finished with a game-high 18 points
BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) notched double-figure points for the fourth-straight contest, pouring in a game-high 18 points, but the Retrievers shot 29.2 percent from the field in the second half to make way for a 68-55 Loyola victory in Saturday afternoon’s non-conference women's basketball matchup at the RAC Arena. Junior guard Nicole Krusen and senior guard Katie Sheahin each tabbed double-doubles, as four Greyhounds finished in double-digit points.
UMBC (2-2) fell for the first time on its home court this season, moving to 2-2 in non-conference action. Loyola (1-2) picked up its first victory of the season and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Retrievers.
With neither team shooting well in the second half of play, it was the Greyhounds that were able to mount a 15-5 run over a 4:46 span to break the game open. The Retrievers, who only turned the ball over six times in the second half, went scoreless for 7:12 during the second half.
The Greyhounds exploded out of the gates, making 10 of their first 11 shots, including four-of-five from three-point range to take a 24-17 lead. The Retrievers weathered the storm, behind production from Chase and senior guard Raven Harris (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne/American), and took their first lead of the ballgame on a layup from Chase with 9:46 to go in the half. Chase finished the period with 15 of her 18 points.
Loyola shot 57.1 percent in the opening half and used a 9-0 run over a 3:20 stretch to take a four-point advantage into the break, 38-34. The Retrievers, who entered the game averaging 17.3 turnovers per game, turned the ball over just three times in the first 20 minutes of action and nine times in the game.
Despite tying the game on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Bria White (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Longwood) at the 18:08 mark of the second period and taking its only lead of the second half on a layup from Harris, the Retrievers made just five more field goals the rest of the game, going 5-for-22 from the floor in the final 14:52. Harris finished the contest with 14 points, while White added nine points.
Sheahin, the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 2012 Preseason Player of the Year, led the Greyhounds with 16 points and 10 assists. Krusen added 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior forward Nneka Offodile chipped in 13 points and freshman guard Diana Logan provided 10 points off the bench.
The Retrievers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 17 against Towson. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the RAC Arena and is followed by a 7:30 p.m. men's contest against Central Connecticut State.
-America East Player of the Game was Lauren Chase
-Loyola holds a 22-14 lead in the all-time series
-UMBC is 23-6 at the RAC Arena in the past three seasons
-Sophomore guard Lauren Chase has scored in double-digits in each of the first four games. She has 16 career double-figure scoring games in her career.