Siobhan Prior's three-pointer from the top of the key with four minutes left was part of a 6-0 run that gave Loyola a lead it would not relinquish. The Greyhounds went on to beat visiting Canisius, 55-53, yesterday at Reitz Arena.
Freshman guard Candice Walker made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to seal the win for Loyola (6-3, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).
"I was very proud of our defensive effort, not just tonight, but all weekend," Loyola coach Joe Logan said.
The win was the third straight for the Greyhounds and fifth straight at home. The Golden Griffins fell to 4-4 and 1-1 in the conference.
Loyola's second-half defense held Canisius to just eight field goals, and the Greyhounds enjoyed a 22-16 rebounding advantage during the final 20 minutes.
UMBC 74, Northern Iowa 72 -- The host Retrievers (4-6) made a season-high 12 three-pointers but allowed 17 in a win over the Panthers (4-4). UMBC's Carlee Cassidy had a career-high 25 points, and the Retrievers posted back-to-back wins for the first time all season. The game's tone was set in the first five minutes as UMBC and Northern Iowa hit three three-pointers apiece.