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Betz-White scores 37 in win over Colgate

Bri Betz-White smashed her previous career-high set only days ago with a 37-point effort to lead Loyola past Colgate.

When Bri Betz-White scored a career-high 25 points on Wednesday and still saw her team suffered their third-straight loss, she had to up the anti. And boy did she.

On Sunday afternoon against Colgate, Betz-White blew new career-high set against Bucknell out of the water with 37 points on 12-for-22 shooting in 39 minutes to lead the Greyhounds to am 87-77 victory over the Raiders. The 87 points for Loyola was the most they’ve scored in a game since the 2006-07 season. Betz-White’s performance were the most any Greyhounds has scored since Joe Logan took over the team in 2005 and most since Patty Stoffey set a school record with 39 points against Fairfield on January 28, 1990.

Despite Colgate making nearly 60-percent of their shots in the game, Loyola was able to overcome that with a nearly 50-percent shooting success rate of their own and a 34-22 rebounding advantage. Lauren Daugherty led Loyola with 11 boards to go with seven points while freshman Stephanie Karcz nearly notched another double-double with nine rebounds to go with her 18 points in the game. Senior Lisa Mirarchi tied a career-high with 17 points.

Colgate had a hot start to the game, hitting 10-of-14 shots in the first quarter to take a 24-13 lead. However, Loyola heated up and scored the final eight points of the opening quarter to get within three points.

Colgate pushed back ahead by seven points early in the second quarter. But Betz-White hit a pair of free throws, which already have her 10 points in the game for her eight-straight game with double-digit scoring. Then she finished a three point play.

Loyola was playing Colgate close, but weren’t able to get ahead of them on the scoreboard quite yet. Colgate gained a 39-35 lead after two made free throws by Kateri Stone. A layup by Karcz and 3-pointer by Betz-White gave Loyola a one-point lead with 2:16 remaining in the second quarter.

The two teams would exchange shots until the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half. Colgate held a 45-44 lead then.

The third quarter was filled with more exchanges of shots and back-and-forth. There were five lead changes and five ties in the third quarter alone.

Karcz ended the quarter with a layup to give Loyola a two-point lead. Then Betz-White opened the fourth quarter with a layup of her town. Stone cut that down to one point with a 3-pointer with 9:20 remaining in the game. But Karcz and Mirarchi nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to put Loyola ahead by seven points.

Betz-White made it an eight-point run with a layup a minute and a half later.

Loyola couldn’t pull away and Colgate kept in the game, but their 12 points in the final quarter weren’t enough and were too spread out to force Loyola into having to speed things up to a pace where they could make any mistakes.

Loyola steadily continued to work the ball inside and because Colgate had to play catch-up, the Greyhounds were able to force four turnovers in the final frame, which led to five extra points. Loyola out-scored Colgate 20-12 in the final quarter and secured their 10-point victory by scoring the final eight points of the game. Colgate was shutout for the final three minutes after Rachel Thompson made it just a two-point game with a jumper.

Loyola will enjoy five days off before welcoming Lafayette to Reitz Arena on Saturday for their annual Women in Sports Day. Tip-off is at 2 pm.

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