LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Loyola's starting backcourt combined for 54 points and shot 55% from the floor as the Greyhounds glided past the Saints 67-54 Saturday afternoon at the ARC. Lily Grenci posted her second career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Loyola (5-9, 1-2) guards Miriam McKenzie, Kara Marshall and Katie Sheahin were exceptional throughout, shooting 22-40 from the field. McKenzie led the way with 19 points and five assists while Marshall added 18 and Sheahin 17.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Loyola and gave head coach Joe Logan his 101st career victory with the Greyhounds as he became the winningest coach in program history.
Loyola put the game away early, going on a 19-3 run over an 11-minute span midway through the first half. The Greyhounds shot 53% from the field in the opening stanza and held a 14-0 edge in points off turnovers.
Loyola would lead by 16 at the half (36-20) and by as much as 21 points.
Grenci shot 7-10 from the field, concluding a strong opening week of MAAC play for the junior forward. In three games this week she averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and shot 58.6% from the floor.
Maja Gerlyng shot a perfect 3-3 from three in adding 13 points and Kate Zarotney also reached double figures with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Siena, which alternates home and road conference games for its first nine MAAC tilts of the year, returns to action Monday night for a 7 p.m. tip at Fairfield.