WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers women’s basketball team edged the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds for nearly three quarters Saturday and tied them eight times before falling 69-60.
The Terriers fell to (1-2) and the Greyhounds improved to (2-2).
A three-pointer by senior guard Rachel Iozzia early in the first quarter tied the game 5-5. Scoring was close for the rest of the quarter, as the maximum gap was three points.
Sophomore forward Tori Wagner netted a layup with 1:06 to go in the first quarter, putting the Terriers one point behind their opponent. Greyhounds sophomore guard Lisa Mirarchi then added a layup in the quarter’s last second en route to a 17-14 lead.
Sophomore guard Kat Phipps was the first to score in the second quarter, making a three-pointer with 8:21 left and tying the game 17-17. After the opponent broke the tie, sophomore forward Maria Palarino grabbed a layup en route to a 19-19 tie.
After the Terriers took a short lead, Greyhounds senior guard Alexis Gray made a three-pointer, which tied the two teams 24-24. After a jumper by Terriers senior guard Olivia Levey, her team took the lead for the next few minutes. The game was then tied again 30-30, but the Terriers gained some points towards the end and led 35-30 a halftime.
The teams constantly tied each other in the third quarter. After tying five times in five minutes, the Greyhounds finally took a consistent lead. At the end of the third quarter, they led the Terriers 56-48.
The Greyhounds were able to maintain the lead for the entire final quarter, succeeding with as much as an 11-point scoring gap.
Levey led the Terriers with 17 points on 6-for-11 (54.5%) shooting from the field and 5-for-5 shooting from the foul line. The senior also added two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Palarino netted another 11 points, while also adding seven rebounds and two steals. Iozzia contributed nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.
Junior forward Alex Delaney and sophomore guard Dana DiRenzo added five points and two assists each.
The Greyhounds’ success was primarily due high scoring by junior guard Bri Betz-White and senior forward Lauren Daugherty.
Betz-White shot 8-for-13 (61.5%) from the field en route to 20 points. The 5’3 guard also recorded three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Daugherty poured another 16 points, shooting 6-for-9 (66.6%) from the field, 1-for-2 from behind the arc and 3-for-3 from the foul line. She also racked up three rebounds and three assists.
Freshman guard Stephanie Karcz added another 10 points, three rebounds and three steals in just 12 minutes. Junior guard Carly Monzo took 4-for-6 (66.6%) successful field goals, despite missing her only attempted three-pointer. She also recorded five assists and three rebounds.
Next up for the Terriers is the Colorado Tournament, which will start with a battle against the Colorado Buffalos Friday. The two teams will tip off in the Coors Events Center at 1 pm.