BU Womens Basketball Falls To Loyola at Home
Loyola was a good matchup for the BU womens basketball team last season, their first in the Patriot League, as the Terriers took all three meetings, including a 40-35 win in the first round of the league playoffs.
The success didn’t carry over to the first matchup of the 2014-15 campaign between the two teams, as the Greyhounds walked out of The Roof winners, 63-53, on Saturday afternoon. It was Loyola’s first win over BU in four tries.
Loyola (5-12, 3-3) came out hard out of the gates, starting the game with an 8-1 run. They ran their lead as high as 11, when Bri Betz-White drained a three-pointer with 11:29 remaining in the first half to give the Greyhounds a 21-10 lead.
The big loss for BU (4-13, 1-5) came 1:48 into the game, when shooting guard Sarah Hope lost her footing in Loyola’s end. The Greyhounds took the ball the other way as Hope laid on the floor holding her knee, forcing forward Mollie McKendrick to take a foul. The sophomore had to be helped off the floor and didn’t return to the game.
After starting 24 of 33 games she appeared in as a freshman, Hope is the lone Terrier to have started all 16 games for the team. She was second on the team going into Saturday with 10.3 points per game.
Without Hope, the Terriers staged multiple comebacks, but could never put together a big enough run to take control of the game. A layup by Meghan Green with 3:44 to go in the game brought BU within 2, 48-46. The Greyhounds responded immediately with a Steph Smith three-pointer to make it 51-46, the start of an 11-3 run by Loyola to ice the game.
Eight of those 11 points were scored by Betz-White, who scored a career-high 23 points Saturday to lead all scorers.
The Terriers were led by Green, who scored 20 points and pulled down five rebounds in the loss, BU’s 10th in their last 11 games.