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Loyola shoots past UMBC for victory

Freshman Stephanie Karcz had a 13-point, 16-rebound double-double against UMBC.

As the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team seemed to hit their offensive stride with four players reaching double-digits in scoring, the UMBC Retrievers have continued their downward spiral with Taylor McCarley unable to play as they dropped their seventh-straight game.

The visiting Greyhounds earned a 70-65 victory over their cross-town rival Retrievers at the RAC in Catonsville. Freshman Alexis Gray once again showed how dangerous she was shooting from the outside as she nailed five 3-pointers to lead Loyola with 17 points while coming off the bench. Classmate Stephanie Karcz dominated the boards with 16 rebounds to go with 13 points for a double-double.

Loyola got out to a 6-0 lead early in the game as junior point guard Bri Betz-White, hit two free throws and a jumper to kick off her 14-point effort. UMBC quickly closed the cap with a layup by Pandora Wilson and 3-pointer by Tyler Moore.

Moore showed she was just as dangerous shooting the ball from outside for UMBC with four made 3-pointers in the game in a 19-point effort.

Loyola still kept distance and worked back out to a 13-5 lead. Wilson ended the Greyhounds’ mini run with a rare make from 3-point range, but the Greyhounds maintained their lead into the second half.

A 3-pointer by Gray gave Loyola a 19-12 lead with 8:19 remaining in the second quarter. That was UMBC went on a run that made it seemed to put them in control of the game. Te’yjah Oliver sparked a quick eight-point spurt for the Retrievers as Allison McGrath and Laura Castaldo followed with 3-pointers.

UMBC was ahead 20-19. Karcz gave the Greyhounds a lead back with a layup, but another 3-pointers by McGrath helped UMBC continue on to a 16-4 run that put them ahead 28-23.

Gray and Oliver kept answering each other’s 3-pointers with 3-pointers of their own but UMBC had the 31-29 lead at the break.

Two free throws by Castaldo two and a half minutes into the third quarter put UMBC ahead by two possessions at 35-31, but Loyola kept making 3-pointers. Loyola made nine of them in the game. Lisa Mirarchi, Carly Monzo, who finished the game with a 10-10 double-double, and Gray each hit 3-pointers in a run that gave the Greyhounds a 42-38 lead with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter.

UMBC pushed back ahead, however. Moore nailed another 3-pointer while Lucrezia Costa and Wilson continued crashing inside. But with a 3-pointer by Karcz and a layup by Courtney Vannoy, Loyola took a 49-46 lead into the fourth quarter.

Gray and Moore continued to trade outside shots and a layup by Castaldo gave UMBC a 57-56 lead with 5:31 remaining in the game, but the Greyhounds were able to keep ahead.

Loyola’s freshmen might have bee the driving force behind the victory, but veterans Daugherty, and Betz-White combined for 13 of the team’s 21 fourth quarter points. Loyola made six free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to close out the victory.

Moore led UMBC with 19 points while Costa and Castaldo scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Loyola will have a quick turnaround and will play another in-state foe when they host No. 4 Maryland on Monday with tipoff at 7 pm in Reitz Arena. UMBC will trade for their next three games, including an outing in the Barclays Center against LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday before traveling to Charlottesville to play the host Virginia Cavaliers as well as the Liberty Flames after Christmas for a tournament. They won’t return home until Saturday, Dec. 31 to host Coppin State.

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