Loyola women get road win over UMBC

Slater's 18 points help Greyhounds improve to 3-1 with 55-51 victory

College Basketball

November 28, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

In her first year as coach of the Loyola women's basketball team, Candy Cage admits she is still learning about her squad.

The Greyhounds taught her another lesson last night, building a double-digit lead before holding on for a 55-51 road victory over UMBC at RAC Arena.

"I don't think you know about your kids' heart until you get in a situation like this on the road," said Cage, whose team improved to 3-1. "There was a couple of times they made runs and we could have folded our tents, but we countered them. My kids have a lot of heart, and that is good to know as the conference games approach."

Senior guard Laura Slater led the Greyhounds with 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half. She shot 6-for-9 from the field, and 4-for-5 from three-point range. Junior guard Shontrese Smith added 12 points, and made several key plays down the stretch to send Loyola to its sixth straight victory over UMBC (1-2).

"It is important to get momentum away from your home court, and bring it back there where your fans will be behind you," said Smith, whose team will play its first home game on Sunday against Virginia Commonwealth. "This game was huge for us."

Loyola ended the first half on a 9-0 run, and it continued the surge well into the second period, taking a 39-29 advantage, with under 14 minutes left on sophomore Lindsay Cobb's steal and layup, and a free throw by Smith.

"The first five minutes of the second half are always important," said UMBC coach Jennifer Bednarek. "We just came out a step slow in the second, but you expect some of those things with the youth we are playing."

After junior Jennifer Mitchell and Smith scored baskets, which gave Loyola a 12-point lead, the Greyhounds spent the rest of the night warding off the Retrievers, who got a huge lift off the bench from freshmen Christine Catalanotto (11 points) and Lara Seamon (10 points).

Jessie Brown (11 points) and Yinka Bada made three-pointers, and Catalanotto followed with a driving layup, which cut the Greyhounds' lead to 43-39. The Greyhounds' lead stayed at four, until Catalanotto made a three from the left elbow to make it 52-51.

The Retrievers would get no closer, as Smith made one of two free throws, and intercepted a Catalanotto pass on the other end.

"It was a heck of a game; both teams gave it all they had for 40 minutes," said Cage, whose team overcame 22 turnovers by outrebounding the Retrievers, 37-28, and by shooting 6-for-9 from three-point range. "We are thrilled with the road win."

LOYOLA-Slater 6-9 2-3 18, Dessart Mager 0-2 0-0 0, Netherton 5-12 0-0 10, Cobb 2-7 3-4 8, Mitchell 3-6 0-0 7, Smith 2-7 8-11 12, Tomovich 0-0 0-0 0, Kelleher 0-0 0-0 0, Poole 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-45 13-18 55. UMBC-Bada 2-8 0-0 5, Coll 2-6 0-0 4, Green 2-9 0-0 4, Brown 3-9 2-2 11, Pender 2-9 0-0 4, Catalanotto 5-7 0-0 11, Seamon 5-8 0-0 10, Kramer 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-57 2-2 51. Halftime-Loyola 29-25. 3-point goals-Loyola 6-9 (Slater 4-5, Cobb 1-3, Mitchell 1-1); UMBC-5-14 (Bada 1-5, Brown 3-7, Pender 0-1, Catalanotto 1-1). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Loyola 37 (Dessart Mager 8); UMBC 28 (Seamon 7). Assists-Loyola 13 (Cobb 5); UMBC 17 (Bada, Brown 4). Total fouls-Loyola 10; UMBC 17. A-349.

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