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Loyola pulls off huge upset of Lehigh

By: Katherine Acquavella

Diana Logan led Loyola with 20 points as the Greyhounds upset a Lehigh team that very well may end up in the NCAA Tournament.

Diana Logan led Loyola with 20 points as the Greyhounds upset a Lehigh team that very well may end up in the NCAA Tournament.

The Loyola women’s basketball team handed Lehigh it’s first Patriots League loss with a stunning 64-52 upset victory. Lehigh was coming off a big 63-51 victory over defending Patriot League champion, Army, but the the Greyhounds forced 20 turnovers, 15 of which came in the first half, and took complete advantage in their victory.

Lehigh leads the Patriot League in a number of statistical categories, including scoring (76.0 ppg), field-goal percentage (47.8%) and 3-point field goal percentage (37%) but Loyola held them to just one three on 14 attempts thanks to their strong and unwavering defense that never let the Mountain Hawks get in a groove.

The first half of Saturday’s game included nine lead changes and neither team led by more than four points. Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek scored a jumper that helped the Mountain Hawks to a 6-2 streak as they claimed a 24-23 lead with 2:38 remaining before halftime. Kinek’s jumper would be Lehigh’s final basket of the half, though, and Loyola freshman Bri Betz-White sparked a 10-0 run for the Greyhounds late in the half.

Lehigh shot 36-percent from the floor and just 20-percent from 3-point range. The Mountain Hawks also turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, which led to 16 Greyhound points. Loyola also shot 36-percent from the field but had three three’s and were a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.

Six minutes into the second half, Lehigh was within as few as five, 37-32. Loyola, though, answered back with nine-straight points. Every time Lehigh would attempt a rally, Loyola responded with a big play to cut their opponents momentum.

Lehigh pulled within eight for a third-time, 50-42, with under six minutes to play in the game, but Lauren Daugherty extended Loyola’s lead back to 10 and that would be the closest Lehigh could come the rest of the game.

Juniors Colleen Marshall and Diana Logan connected on back-to-back three’s as part of Loyola’s 10-2 run to close out the game. Marshall scored 11 points in the game and reached double-digits for a fourth-straight game against conference opponents. Logan led Loyola with 20 points. Daughtery contributed eight points and 10 rebounds. Lehigh’s Katie O’Reilly had a game-high 21 points.

Lehigh turned the ball over 20 times in the game and finished with 20 points off turnovers. Loyola recorded nine steals to Lehigh’s three and their bench outscored the Mountain Hawks, 26-4.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Wednesday to host Lafayette at 11:30 am.

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