March 6, 2016
Navy Women’s Basketball Game Notes
No. 6 Navy (15-14 / 9-9) at No. 3 Loyola (14-15 / 11-7)
Monday, March 7 • 7 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. • Reitz Arena
Patriot League Tournament – Quarterfinal
Navy will face Loyola Monday night in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids garnered the sixth seed in the event, while the Greyhounds are seeded third in the 10-team league.
Free live video of the 7 p.m. game in Loyola’s Reitz Arena can be accessed at NavySports.com. The web site will also have a link to live statistics from the game. Additionally, WNAV will carry the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pre-game show.
Loyola won its last four games of the regular season to improve its records to 11-7 in league play and 14-15 overall. The Greyhounds, who finished alone in third place in the final regular season standings, posted a home record of 6-3 against league foes and an overall mark of 7-6 in home games.
The Navy – Loyola series dates all the way back to the 1978-79 season, which was Navy’s second year as a varsity team and third season as a program. The teams met annually starting that year through the 1988-89 campaign. Navy held a 10-2 record over Loyola during that time, which included a 5-1 record in games played in Baltimore.
The series then went on hiatus until the 2009-10 season. The teams met four times over the next four seasons –– the teams split the four games and each won once at both home and on the road –– until the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season. Navy holds a 4-2 record against Loyola over the past three seasons, with the Greyhounds winning the last two games that have been played in Baltimore.
The home team has posted an 8-2 record over the visiting team since the resumption of the series in the fall of 2009. The Mids are 1-4 in Baltimore during this span.
Overall, Navy leads the all-time series by the count of 16-6 and has posted a 6-4 record against Loyola when the game is played in Baltimore.
Monday’s game marks the first tournament game between Navy and Loyola in the brief history of the Greyhounds being part of the Patriot League (third season).
Loyola 51, Navy 38 (Jan. 13)
Navy’s offense was held to a season-low point total in a 51-38 loss at Loyola on Jan. 13.
The Mids took a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but despite scoring a season-low four points in the second quarter trailed the Greyhounds by just 22-18 at halftime. Loyola slowly edged its way out to a 35-25 lead midway through the third period and led by at least eight points over the remainder of the game.
Loyola’s Colleen Marshall accounted for 24 of her team’s 51 points. She was 9-19 (47.4%) from the field and 4-7 (57.1%) from three-point land. The remainder of the players on both teams combined to shoot 25-91 (27.5%) from the field and 5-37 (13.5%) from three-point range.
Navy 45, Loyola 38 (Feb. 10)
Navy led Loyola for the final 36 minutes of the game, but it took a wild last minute of play before the Mids were able to secure a 45-38 win over on Feb. 10.
The Mids could never fully separate from the Greyhounds, but had an answer for every charge made by the visitors. Loyola closed to within one point at 39-38 with 1:55 left to play when Justice Swett scored on a layup with 1:26 remaining to put Navy up by three points. After both teams missed shots on their next respective possessions, Loyola was set to inbound the ball in front of its own bench with 29 seconds left. The inbounds pass was knocked out of bounds, initially ruled off the Mids but a replay review showed it was a Loyola player who last touched it.
Loyola fouled to send Navy players to the foul line four times in the next 14 seconds. In each instance the Mids made just one of the two free throw attempts, but Navy grabbed the loose ball after each miss to maintain possession until being fouled again. That allowed the Mids to increase their lead to 45-38 before the Greyhounds were able to advance the ball over halfcourt.
Peri Curtis led Navy in points (14), rebounds (8) and steals (3) and tied for the team lead in assists (2).