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Karcz’ double-double pushes Hounds past Lehigh

Freshman Stephanie Karcz posted her second career double-double to lead Loyola past Lehigh.

Freshman forward Stephanie Karcz posted her second career double-double to help the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team to a 62-58 victory over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Thursday night at Reitz Arena.

Karcz scored a career-high 19 points to go with 14 rebounds while also tying a personal-best five steals. Junior point guard Bri Betz-White also scored 19 points in the game while Lauren Daugherty scored 12 points. Combined, those three nailed all five of the Greyhounds 3-pointers in the game.

Loyola also had the inside game going. The Greyhounds out-scored Lehigh 24-18 in the paint and out-rebounded them 41-26, which helped lead to 19 second-change points.

The Greyhounds took a 10-4 lead in the first four minutes on a pair of free throws by Karcz. Lehigh responded with eight of the next 10 points to get within one point of the Greyhounds, but a 3-pointer by Karcz and another one by Daugherty soon after pushed Loyola ahead by seven points. Karcz added another layup to give Loyola a nine point lead.

Loyola got ahead 24-13 by the end of the first quarter, in which they scored 11 second-chance points. Loyola would start building a cushy lead over Lehigh in the second quarter. Loyola would over around a 10-point lead by used a seven-point run heading into halftime to take a 17-point lead into the break.

Lehigh scored the first six points of the second half and eventually cut Loyola’s lead down to eight points in the third quarter. However, it was Karcz who followed Gena Grundhoffer’s free throws with a layup to get the Greyhounds back ahead by double-digits.

Loyola entered the final quarter of the game with an 11-point lead, which Lisa Mirarchi upped to 13 points with a layup to open the final period. Daugherty pushed it to a 14-point lead with 7:20 remaining with a 3-pointer in response to a Cameryn Benz layup.

Lehigh responded with a nine-point run to get within five points. Lehigh got within five points on a few occasions, but the Greyhounds responded with clutch shots each time. Betz-White hit a free throws a Daugherty grabbed the rebounded on her second attempt that missed, Betz-White hit a 3-pointer to make give Loyola a quick four points.

With only 12 seconds remaining, two made free throws by Quinci Mann cut Loyola’s lead to four points, but Mirarchi made two free throws to secure the victory for Loyola.

The Greyhounds will remain home for a second-straight Patriot League game on Sunday when they host Army at 2 pm.

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