Sophomore guard Corey Hewitt had career highs of 20 points and 11 assists to pace the Loyola women to an 86-65 victory over South Carolina in the first round of the Diamond Club Classic in Blacksburg, Va., yesterday.
The Greyhounds (3-7) have won two straight and three of their past four games after opening the season with six straight losses.
The Gamecocks (5-3) allowed Loyola to shoot a season-high 57 percent (30 of 53) from the field and 64 percent (seven of 11) on three-pointers.
"Today's win was simply a terrific effort from our entire team," Loyola coach Pat Coyle said. "We were under control, didn't turn the ball over and took high-percentage shots. It was just a great win for our program."
The Greyhounds also received career days from Jina Mosley and Julie Mesaros, who added 21 and 13 points, respectively.
La Salle 83, Towson State 69: The frontcourt of Sarah Haynes and Chrissie Donahue combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds as the host Explorers won the La Salle Tournament. La Salle had five players in double figures.
Trinette Tucker led Towson State with 22 points.
North Carolina-Wilmington 56, UMBC 53: The Seahawks reversed a 41-37 deficit with 7: 30 remaining to defeat UMBC at UMBC Fieldhouse.
UNC-Wilmington (7-2) led 27-21 at halftime, but UMBC (3-6) scored the first 10 points of the second half to grab a 31-27 advantage with 13: 56 remaining.
Manhattan 86, Mount St. Mary's 80: Manhattan saw a 20-point lead with less than seven minutes to play reduced to three, but held off Mount St. Mary's in a Georgia Tech Classic semifinal.
The Jaspers (2-6) took a 20-6 lead after 8 1/2 minutes. Brooke Renkens hit three three-pointers in the Manhattan run. The Mount (4-3) was down 35-20 with 2: 10 left in the period but made its first charge of the contest at that point.
Pittsburgh 81, Coppin State 35: Gina Montesano scored 20 as Pittsburgh (5-7) routed Coppin State (0-5) in the Panther Invitational in Pittsburgh.
The Eagles shot 22 percent (13 of 59), were out-rebounded 47-37 and turned the ball over 35 times.
Villa Julie 65, Hunter 64: Kelly Matthews scored 21 as Villa Julie (3-8) edged Hunter (4-5) in the consolation game of the White Rose City Classic in York, Pa.
Pub Date: 12/30/96