The Canisius women's basketball team limited Loyola University to six points over the final nine and a half minutes and went 9-for-10 in the final 90 seconds to defeat the Greyhounds 48-39 in the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon in a Play 4Kay game. The Golden Griffins complete the season sweep of Loyola, snapping a four-game losing streak to improve to 9-14 overall and 6-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior Jamie Ruttle recorded the third double-double of her career, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Ashley Durham had 11 points and matched her career high with eight rebounds. Junior Jen Lennox had seven points and four blocks in 13 minutes off the bench.
"A lot of times to end a losing streak, it takes an ugly win and that's exactly what today's game was," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "We struggled with Loyola's zone in the first half because it was so spread out, but I felt our adjustments allowed our offense to get better post touches, which we were able to take advantage of."
Neither team could get its offense going in the first half, with each team making eight field goals and combining for 25 turnovers. A layup from Ruttle put Canisius up 12-8 with 7:38 left in the half, but two baskets from Loyola on their next two possessions tied the score. The Griffs held the Greyhounds scoreless for almost four minutes, going up 17-12 after a 3-pointer from junior Jen Morabito and a layup from sophomore Kayla Hoohuli.
Canisius led 19-16 at the half, and the teams combined for 24 points in the first six minutes of the second half. A 3-pointer from Hoohuli quickly extended the Canisius lead to 22-16, but Loyola eventually tied the score at 24-24 after a 3-pointer from Katie Sheahin. The Greyhounds took the first lead of the day after Alyssa Sutherland completed a three-point play to put Loyola up 27-26.
The Griffs trailed 29-28 but would score eight straight points, holding Loyola scoreless for more than four and a half minutes, to build a 36-29 lead. Morabito drained a 3-pointer and Lennox had five points, including a three-point play, to give Canisius the seven-point advantage. Loyola cut the deficit to 36-33, but would only score two points for the next eight and a half minutes, which included back-to-back blocks from Lennox. The Griffs went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:34 to put the game away.
Sheahin led Loyola (9-13, 4-8 MAAC) with 13 points but went 6-for-23 from the floor. Tiffany Padgett recorded eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Sutherland added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Canisius heads to the East Coast for two games next week, starting with Thursday's game at Fairfield University. Tipoff in the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. for the ESPN3 game is set for 6 p.m.
Notes: As part of the Play 4Kay promotion, Canisius honored Vicky Brooks, the mother of assistant coach Jacey Brooks, prior to the start of the game. Vicky Brooks is a recent breast cancer survivor... Canisius sweeps the season series from Loyola for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign... The Griffs defeated Loyola in the KAC for the sixth time in the last eight years... Lennox and senior Ashley Wilkes each have 25 blocks on the season, giving Canisius two players with 25 or more blocks in the same season for the first time in the program's Division I era... The 27.1 percent field goal percentage for the Griffs is the lowest in a win in the program's Division I era.