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Freshman Alexis Gray leads Hounds past Mount

Freshman Alexis Gray hit five 3-pointers off the bench and scored a career-high 19 points against Mount St. Mary's.

Freshman Alexis Gray hit five 3-pointers off the bench and scored a career-high 19 points against Mount St. Mary’s.

The game went in waves, but one more in the way of the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team on Saturday against in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s at Reitz Arena. The Hounds had a dominant first half, in which they tripled up on the Mountaineers, only to see their lead go away by the end of the third quarter. But the Hounds controlled the entire fourth quarter to earn a 58-53 victory.

Alexis Gray came off the bench and nailed five 3-pointers to lead the Greyhounds with 19 points and to the victory and it was her 3-pointer that gave the Greyhounds a double-digit lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game to help secure the win.

After the two teams exchanged the first few points and the game was tied at 5-5 three and a half minutes into the game, the Greyhounds had a 15-2 run to close out the first quarter with a 21-7 lead. Loyola held the Mountaineers to just 2-for-9 shooting from the floor. Meanwhile, they made just one less shot than the Mountaineers attempted, shooting 66.7-percent from the floor when they made eight of their 12 shots. Six of the eight made baskets were assisted and seven different players scored in the opening quarter.

Play was much more even in the second quarter, but that meant Loyola was able to hold onto their double-digit lead for most of the period. The Mountaineers failed to score in the paint, but did have a strong inside-out presence with four made 3-pointers and a 5-for-6 effort from the line. Loyola’s shooting dipped significantly, making just five of 17 shots. But five steals and 10 points from Gray alone in the quarter helped the Greyhounds keep 35-24 lead at halftime.

But while it wasn’t an overly dominant effort by the Mountaineers in the second quarter, the wave of momentum was clearly pushing in their direction and continued through halftime. The Mount out-scored Loyola 18-7 in the third quarter to get the game tied by the end of it at 42-42.

Mount St. Mary’s hit two shots early in the third quarter. Gray responded with a 3-pointer for Loyola, but Mikal Johnson hit one right away for her team. Johnson then completed a 3-point play with 4:08 remaining to get within four points. Loyola was shutout for over four minutes before Ashley Hunter finally hit a free throw to keep a five-point lead, but that quickly closed up by the end of the quarter.

The Greyhounds would refused to let the Mount pull away in the game, though. They tightened up on defense, held the Mount to only two field goal and forced four turnovers, which they scored six points off of. Meanwhile, Loyola shot 40-percent from the floor, scored another seven points from the foul line and turned the ball over only one time in the final quarter. Junior point guard Bri Betz-White took over in the final quarter, scoring eight of her 10 points in the game with half of them coming from the foul line.

For the game, Loyola out-scored the Mount 14-4 in the paint and scored 18 points off 18 Mountaineer turnovers. Mount St. Mary’s hit nine 3-pointers, but the Greyhounds had seven of their own and held a 37-27 advantage on the glass.

Loyola improved to 3-4 while the Mountaineers dropped to 2-5 on the season. Loyola will stay at home and will host Delaware at 7 pm on Wednesday. Mount St. Mary’s will return home to host UMES on Wednesday at 4 pm.

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