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Bucknell edges Hounds in Patriot League quarters

On four different occasions in the fourth quarter the Loyola Greyhounds women’s basketball team tied the top-seeded Bucknell Bison in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament, but by the game’s end, the regular season champs just squeaked by to earn a 75-72 victory on their home court in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Loyola shot 50-percent from the floor and made nine 3-pointers in the game, but that effort still wasn’t enough to overcome a red-hot shooting performance by Bucknell. Led by Sune Swart’s 20 points, the Bison shot 59.2-percent from the floor and made half of their 3-pointers.

But the seventh-seeded Greyhounds put up a gutsy effort before seeing their season come to a close. Senior forward Lauren Daugherty scored a game-high 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting with four made 3-pointers to go with six rebounds and four blocks. First Team All-Patriot League point guard Bri Betz-White finished the game with 18 points and six assists while freshmen Stephanie Karcz and Molly Taylor scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The game featured seven ties and four lead changes. Neither squad could truly gain a big advantage in the game. The most Bucknell ever led by was 10 points, a lead gained with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter when Gia Hayes nailed a 3-pointer.

Before the end of the period, the Greyhounds scored seven points in a row to cut the deficit to just two points. Betz-White started the Loyola spurt off with a three-point play. Karcz then hit one free throw before Lisa Mirarchi stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer on the other side with 43 seconds left.

Bucknell did get back ahead by five points by the end of the quarter, but those were made up by the Greyhounds at the start of the fourth period. Karcz his two free throws and Daugherty nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 57-57. Betz-White then answered a Megan McGurk layup to retie the game just a few seconds left.

And a minute and a half after that, Daugherty tied things up at 63-all with a jumper.

Bucknell tried to pull away again after that, but Daugherty nailed a layup and Taylor hit a triple to make it a 68-68 game with 3:22 remaining.

But that would be the last time the game was tied and after Swart hit a 3-pointer, Bucknell would lead the rest of the way. On Bucknell’s next possession, Swart broke the tie with a long-distance shot. Then Kyi English hit a layup to make it a five-point Bison lead with 1:51 remaining. Bets-White would hit back-to-back shots in just a 28-second span to get Loyola to within a point, but neither team would make a shot in the final 60 minute.

The game was the final collegiate game for both Daugherty and Mirarchi.

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