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Daugherty explodes in Hounds win over Army

Senior Lauren Daugherty scored 31 points to lead Loyola past Army, nearly doubling her previous career-high of 16 points.

Senior forward Lauren Daugherty had the game of her life as the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team earned a 71-62 victory over defending Patriot League Champion Army West Point on Sunday afternoon. Daugherty shattered her career high with 31 points in 40 minutes on 11-for-19 shooting in the game. She led a Loyola effort that saw four Greyhounds reach double-digits in scoring.

After a slow start to the first quarter the Greyhounds pulled away from the Black Knights early in the game. The game was tied at just 2-2 four minutes into the game but Loyola scored 16-straight points and shut Army out for the next five and a half minutes to take an 18-2 lead with 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Jess Lewis finally ended Army’s drought with a 3-pointer, but as the buzzer sounded Loyola junior guard Bri Betz-White pulled up for a jumper that went in and gave Loyola a 20-5 lead. Carly Monzo opened the second quarter with a layup to push the Hounds lead to 17 points. They led by as many as 18 points in that quarter.

Loyola did not allow Army to cut into the lead in the second quarter. The Hounds had a response for everything Army was able to do and held onto a 14-point lead at halftime.

The third quarter was when Army started to make up for their big deficit. With a 34-20 lead at halftime Loyola looked to be playing move even ball as the first few shots fell split between the two teams, but Army used an 11-3 run to cut Loyola’s lead down to six points. Daugherty kept Loyola ahead but the momentum was clearly in Army’s favor as by the end of the quarter they trailed just 49-44 after shooting 79-percent from the floor in the period.

Back-to-back jumper got Army within three points at 51-48. Then immediately Daugherty made two free throws to make it a two possession game again. Lewis assisted Madison Hovren for a layup that again cut Loyola’s lead down to three points, but again, Daugherty scored two points to great a bit of separation. Betz-White followed with a jumper and Daugherty scored again to give the Greyhounds six in a row to take a 59-50 lead with 4:25 remaining in the game. A layup by Karxz with 3:07 remaining gave Loyola a 10-point lead.

Army continued to pressure Loyola late and got within four points in the final two minutes, but Daugherty was huge in the game and along with her classmate Lisa Mirarchi they hit four free throws each to secure the late win.

Karcz finished the game with 15 points and seven rebounds while Betz-White and Mirarchi scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

With the momentum of a third-straight win behind them, the Greyhounds will stay in state to play Navy on Wednesday before traveling to Boston University on Saturday. They will return home to host Bucknell on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm.

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