Jan. 12, 2013
CHICAGO - Visiting UIC shot 65% in the second half to rally past Loyola, 73-62, this afternoon in the Ramblers' Horizon League opener at Gentile Arena. Monica Albano led three Ramblers (5-9, 0-1 Horizon) in double figures with 15 points.
UIC stormed out of the gates, drilling three three-pointers in the first 3:05 to help the visitors jump out to an 11-0 lead. A Lyndsey Booker basket got Loyola on the board as the Ramblers were able to slowly crawl back into the game. Another Flames triple made it a 29-19 game at the 7:36 mark but Loyola was able to buckle down defensively the rest of the half and seven points from Albano highlighted a half-ending 15-4 run that gave the Ramblers a 34-33 lead at halftime. Albano and Taylor Johnson led the way for the home team, combining for 24 of Loyola's 34 points in the period.
The second half was tight through the early stages but four straight points from Johnson seemed to give the Ramblers some breathing room with a 49-44 lead at the 13:51 mark. However, UIC's Terri Bender knocked down a couple of big shots at the end of the shot clock as part of an 11-2 Flames spurt that turned a 52-48 LU lead into a 59-54 UIC advantage with 7:05 left. The Ramblers still trailed 61-58 after two Troy Hambric free throws but UIC managed to hit two more big threes the rest of the way to keep the home team at bay.
Loyola went the final 8:53 of the game without a field goal and shot just 6-of-23 (26%) from the floor in the second half to finish the game at an even 40% clip. UIC, which came into the game shooting 36% overall, drilled 13-of-20 (65%) in the second half and shot 53% for the game.
Albano led the Ramblers with 15 points and was joined in double figures by Johnson (14 points, nine rebounds) and Simone Law (14 points, 10-12 FTs).
Loyola returns to action on Wednesday night when they make the short trip to Valparaiso. Tip time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the ARC.