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Hounds roll to 74-30 blowout in over Lipscomb

Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 17 points in a game where 14 different Greyhounds scored.

Lisa Mirarchi led Loyola with 17 points in a game where 14 different Greyhounds scored.

It doesn’t seem like there is any more worry about where the offense would be coming from for the Loyola women’s basketball team as they try to replace four key players who graduated off last year’s team. It came from everywhere and while the offense was spread out among 14 different scorers, the defense was simply incredible, holding the Liscomb Bison to just 20-percent shooting and nine total field goals in a 74-30 blowout victory to open the season. It was the largest margin of victory for the Greyhounds under head coach Joe Logan.

Lira Mirarchi led Loyola with 17 points and Bri Betz-White finished with 16 points in 19 minutes, but it was a collective effort at 14 different players scored against Lipscomb. The team made half of their shots in the game, out-scored the Bison 42-10 in the paint and recorded 33 points off turnovers. The bench produced 29 points.

Loyola held Lipscomb to just two points in the first quarter of the game. It was a layup by Alex Banks at 6:22 to make it a 4-2 score. But Loyola forced eight turnovers in the first period and never let the Bison score again as they built a monumental 21-2 lead out of the gate.

The second quarter was Liscomb’s best as they scored 14 points and went 4-for-8 from the floor, but Loyola also has their best quarter of the game, shooting 11-for-17 from the floor and scoring 25 points.

Loyola led 46-16 at halftime. Their was no coming back for a Lipscomb squad that was simply getting push around and overwhelmed. The 46 points made for the team’s highest-scoring first half since Feb. 19, 2012 when they scored as many against Iona. The 16 points allowed made for the best defensive half since they gave up only 15 points to Boston University in the second half of the Patriot League Championships first round game on March 4, 2014.

With such a dominant first half, Logan was able to utilize his entire bench, getting all 17 members of the roster into the game. Sophomore guard Alex Barzotti led the bench with eight points and two made 3-pointers.

The Hounds will play games at Cornell and Fairfield on Sunday and Tuesday before returning home to host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 pm.

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