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Late rally not enough as Hounds fall to Lehigh

Bria Betz-White led Loyola with 17 points against Lehigh.

Bria Betz-White led Loyola with 17 points against Lehigh.

A layup by Colleen Marshall with 30 seconds remaining in the game cut Lehigh’s 18-point fourth-quarter lead down to just five, but the Greyhounds were unable to get any closer than that in their 76-68 loss on Wednesday night.

Four Greyhounds scored in double-digits against Lehigh. Bri Betz-White led the team with 17 points and Jeneh Perry scored 13 with a team-high eight rebounds. Marshall and Lisa Mirarchi each scored 10 points, but the team struggled from 3-point range, going just 2-for-16 and that was a big part in the dip in overall field-goal percentage down to 35.2-percent. While the Greyhounds were making just over one-third of their shots, Lehigh made half of their attempts and went 6-for-17 from beyond the arc in the game.

Perry scored the first points of the game to give Loyola an early 2-0 lead, but they never led again for the rest of the game. Haily Pascoe tied it with a midrange jumper on Lehigh’s next possession and a successful and-one by Lexi Martina and layup by Kerry Kinek put the Mountain Hawks up by five points with 7:15 remaining in the first quarter.

Mirarchi cut the deficit to just two points two minutes later. Lehigh extended their lead slightly, but another jumper by Mirarchi made it a four-point game with 1:56 remaining in the opening quarter, but the Mountain Hawks went on a seven-point run to take a double-digit lead. Lauren Daugherty got Loyola back within nine points at the end of the quarter and hit the opening jumper of the second quarter before Diana Logan hit two free throws. Lehigh was able to get back to a double-digit lead in the second stanza before Daughtery once again made it a nine-point game at the end of the quarter as the Greyhounds trailed 40-31 at halftime.

But this time the Mountain Hawks were the ones jumping out at the start of the new quarter. A pair of made free throws by Amina Affini put Lehigh up by a dozen points. Loyola would get as close to eight points, but after Steph Smith hit a three to make it a 50-42 game with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter, the Mountain Hawks went on an 11-1 run to go up by 18 points before the end of the quarter.

Loyola cut into it slightly with two made free throws by Betz-White before the end of the third quarter, but a layup by Elizabeth Sharlow got Lehigh back out to an 18-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Though there were not drastic runs, Loyola was simply able to out-pace Lehigh in the fourth quarter to put into their advantage. It just was not enough, however.

Despite dropping 9-12 overall, the Greyhounds still remain in the top half of the Patriot league with a 6-4 record against conference opponents

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