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Marshall’s buzzer-beater beats Lafayette

Colleen Marshall sunk the game-winning layup with time expiring as Loyola beat Lafayette.

Colleen Marshall sunk the game-winning layup with time expiring as Loyola beat Lafayette.

The buzzer was sounding as the ball fell through the net. Colleen Marshall took an inbound pass from Steph Smith, immediately took a layup and the game-winner dropped as the Greyhounds beat Lafayette 66-65. Marshall led the Greyhounds with 22 points, never going to the bench, not even for a minute of the game.

While Loyola made a remarkable 47.5-percent of their shots in the game, they were locked into a battle from start to finish against the Leopards. Lafayette kept hitting their shots at a high rate too, shooting 51.1-percent from the floor, paced by their own star, Harriet Ottiwell-Soulsby, who scored 21 points in the game. Jamie O’Hara and Ashley Lutz scored 17 and 14 points, respectively for Lafayette, further making it difficult for the Greyhounds.

But they endured.

Lafayette jumped out to a 10-point lead less than five minutes into the game after Ottewill-Soulsby hit back-to-back free throws in the first quarter. But a fastbreak layup by Mirarchi, a three by Smith and a free throw by Jeneh Perry put the Greyhounds git back into the game. Ashley Lutz re-gave Lafayette a six-point lead with a layup following Perry’s free throw, but Smith nailed another three and Marshall got a fastbreak layup to give Loyola a lead before the end of the quarter.

And they carried that momentum into the second quarter. though Ottewill-Soulsby hit a layup to put Lafayetter ahead, Bri Betz-White, who finished the game with 13 points and a team-best five assists responded with a layup of her down. Then Perry hit two free throws, capitalized with a jumper off a steal she grabbed and Loyola quickly went ahead by five points.

O’Hara kept Lafayetter close with successful three’s, but Loyola was able to build as much as a 12-point lead late in the second quarter and went into the break leading by eight points.

Out of the break Loyola was able to keep their distance with accurate shooting. Lafayette was able to get as close as four-point in the third quarter, but never got closer and went back down by three possessions in a hurry.

But in the fourth quarter the Leopards were able to trim the Greyhound lead significantly. They opened on a 12-4 run to retake the lead with 4:16 remaining. Loyola trailed for nearly the entire final two minutes of the game but Marshall hit a big shot as she has done so many times before and lifted the Greyhounds to a victory in the final second of the game.

Loyola is now 2-0 in Patriot League play and will travel to Lehigh and Army for games next week.

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