Led by Prior's 18, Loyola beats Rider in MAAC 1st round

The Baltimore Sun

Junior guard Siobhan Prior made four three-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points to lead Loyola to a 57-49 victory over Rider yesterday in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's tournament in Albany, N.Y.

Rider (8-22), the 10th seed, rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to draw as close as three, but seventh-seeded Loyola (13-16) held off the charge to advance to the MAAC quarterfinals for the third straight season.

"We knew that they would come out strong in the second half," Loyola coach Joe Logan said. "Our kids showed a lot of heart, and Siobhan Prior played very determined."

The Greyhounds will play No. 2 seed Iona today at 9:30 a.m. (MASN).

Kaitlin Grant added 11 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal off the bench for Loyola.

Coppin State 71, Morgan State 58 -- Whitney Cunningham scored a career-high 21 points and the visiting Eagles (19-11, 13-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) extended their winning streak to eight in the regular-season finale for both teams. Shalane Price scored 13 points for the Bears (18-11, 10-6).

Towson 58, Delaware 55 -- Kandace Davis recorded her sixth double double (16 points, 10 rebounds) of the season and the host Tigers (20-9, 12-6 Colonial Athletic Association) beat the Blue Hens (7-23, 6-12) to set a school record for wins in a season.

Delaware State 57, UMES 46 -- Ashlee Burbage and Raquel Collier combined for 31 points to power the host Hornets (17-13, 12-4 MEAC) past the Hawks (17-12, 10-6). Casey Morton scored 12 points for UMES.

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