Feb. 16, 2013
Dayton, Ohio - Simone Law scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half and Taylor Johnson scored 18 of her 23 in the second half as Loyola knocked off Wright State, 79-70, this evening at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The Ramblers improve to 10-13 (5-5 Horizon) with their third consecutive win. Wright State drops to 10-14, 4-7 with the loss.
Loyola got off to a sluggish start as Wright State rattled off the first nine points of the game. The Ramblers had just one basket over th first 5:37 before finding their groove. Law had eight points and Monica Albano added six as Loyola held the Raiders scoreless for nearly five minutes, ripping off 14 unanswered points to take a 15-11 advantage nine minutes into the game. An Ayrealle Beavers three-pointer later bumped the lead to seven (26-19) but the home team was able to hang in there and Wright State scored the final five points of the half to even the proceedings at 35 heading to halftime. Law was terrific in the opening 20 minutes, knocking down 6-of-10 from the floor and all six of her free throws for her 18 points.
After Law scored again on Loyola's first possession of the second half, Wright State rode six points from Kim Demmings to take a 44-39 lead less than four minutes into the half. The Ramblers faced a three-point deficit before Johnson got going, scoring six straight points as part of a 10-0 run that gave LU a 53-46 lead at the 9:08 mark. Wright State managed to get within a point before Albano hit a key three-pointer to bump the lead back to four and the Ramblers cashed in on a Raider technical foul, knocking down both free throws and scoring on the ensuing possession to build the lead to eight. After a stop, Albano knocked in another trifecta to get the lead to double figures and the lead grew to 13 (69-56) at the 4:00 mark. Wright State managed to get as close as eight but Beavers drilled her second three-ball of the night to get the lead back to 11 with 80 seconds left and the Ramblers cruised from there.
Law added 10 rebounds to her 24 points for her seventh double-double of the season while Johnson ended the day with 23 points and five assists and helped the LU defense hold Demmings, the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, to 19 points on 7-of-25 shooting. Albano was also solid, moving into eighth on Loyola's all-time scoring list with her 14-point effort.
Loyola returns home for a pair of key Horizon League games next week starting with a Thursday night tilt against Detroit. Tip from Gentile Arena is slated for 7 p.m.