Shooting Struggles Hurt Women's Basketball in Loss
BALTIMORE, Md. -- A poor shooting night cost the Navy women's basketball team in a 58-40 loss to Loyola Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena in Baltimore. The Mids (22-6, 12-5 Patriot League) shot 30 percent from the field in the loss to the Greyhounds (8-20, 6-11), who shot 40 percent for the game.
Navy will be the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament regardless of the outcome of its game at home Wednesday against first-place American. The Mids will play host to a quarterfinal round game on Monday, March 5 against the eventual No. 6 seed in the tournament.
"Give credit to Loyola," said Navy head coach Stefanie Pemper. "They played well and shot well."
Loyola started the game by missing its first seven shots from the floor, but Navy was 2-6 shooting with three turnovers in the same span. The Greyhounds proceeded to close the frame shooting 6-13 (46.2%) from the floor and holding the Mids to a 1-7 (14.3%) effort, which allowed Loyola to outscore Navy 14-3 over the remainder of the quarter.
Loyola started the second quarter on a 7-3 run to take a 21-10 lead. The margin would grow to 13 points (25-12) before the Mids cut it down to eight at 25-17. The Greyhounds tallied the remaining five points of the quarter to take a 30-17 lead at the half.
The margin was as low as 10 points (45-35) and as high as 21 points (58-31) in the second half.
Navy was 14-46 from the field in the game. That included a 7-18 (38.9%) effort in its two-point attempts and a 7-28 (25%) showing in its three-point attempts.
"Their pressure a little bit," said Pemper on Loyola's defensive success. "The way they pressure outlets and kind of back check like in hockey. They turned us over in the first half, for sure. We had too big of a number of turnovers in the first half (12). The zone obviously gave us some trouble. They just seemed to kind of know where we wanted to go with the ball pretty well, and (also) get deflections."
Loyola shot 24-60 from the floor as a whole, which included a 24-53 (45.2%) production after its 0-7 start to the game.
The Greyhounds held a 41-25 advantage on the glass, which included a 14-4 edge in offensive rebounds that translated to a 10-2 cushion in second chance points. Loyola also scored 17 points after the 19 turnovers it forced the Mids into and Navy tallied nine points following the 15 turnovers committed by the Greyhounds.
"I think the way they outrebounded us impacted the game a little bit," said Pemper. "We just weren't able to play good enough."
Loyola had three players score in double figures. The Greyhounds were led by 17 points from Izzy Therien and by 10 points, 14 rebounds and six assists from Stephanie Karcz.
"Therien is a different player now than when we played them on December 29," said Pemper. "She is a freshman and now has some confidence and we saw some of that today. And Karcz is one of the best defensive players in the league."
Navy had posted a 73-44 victory over Loyola when the teams opened the league season against one another on Dec. 29 in Alumni Hall.
The Mids will play host to the Eagles Wednesday ay 7 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams.