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Marshall’s clutch shots lead Hounds past Eagles

Colleen Marshall scored 17 points and scored five-straight points late in the fourth quarter to put Loyola ahead for good.

Colleen Marshall scored 17 points and scored five-straight points late in the fourth quarter to put Loyola ahead for good.

Colleen Marshall scored 17 points including the go-ahead three late in the game as the Loyola women’s basketball team claimed victory in their Patriot League opener over the America Eagles, 52-46.

Ari Booth could have given the Eagles a two-possession lead had her 3-point attempt taken with 1:40 remaining went in, but instead her shot was off, Bri Betz-White grabbed the rebound, got the ball up the floor to Marshall and the senior nailed her shot to give the greyhounds a 47-46 lead. Then, after Emily Kinneston missed a jumper on American’s ensuing possession Steph Smith grabbed the ground, for the ball up the floor and Marshall put Loyola ahead by three with less than a minute to play.

Booth missed the game-tying three and Smith ended the Eagles’ possession with a steal and that forced American to foul to stop the clock with hopes of pulling off a comeback. But the Greyhounds hit enough free throws to hold onto the victory.

Jeneh Perry hit the last two free throws to ice the game and also scored 12 points with five rebounds.

Loyola was actually out-shot 43.5-percent to 35.7-percent but utilized a 34-27 rebounding advantage to their advantage and out-scored the Eagles 23-18 in the paint, 13-9 off turnovers and 9-2 on second change points. In a game as close as it was, those differences were huge.

The Greyhounds led 24-22 at halftime, however, American stormed back with an 11-4 run to take the lead in the third quarter. But Smith nailed a three to end the run and Perry tied the game with free throws as the game was tied at 35 after the third quarter before Marshall hit clutch shots in the fourth to secure the victory.

Loyola will continue their conference slate on Saturday when they host Loyola at 2 pm.

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