Visiting No. 25/rv Drake shot over 50% from the field as it defeated the Loyola University Chicago women’s basketball team this afternoon, 86-42, at Gentile Arena. With the win, the Bulldogs (22-4 overall) move to a perfect 15-0 in MVC play, while the Ramblers (2-23 overall) fall to 1-13 in league action.
How It Happened
Katie Salmon knocked down her first of two threes in the first quarter to knot the game up at 3-3 with 36 seconds gone. A layup from Becca Hittner sparked an 8-0 Drake spurt that saw it push its lead to 11-3 at the 5:50 mark. Another Salmon triple cut the margin to nine, 17-8, before the Bulldogs ripped off eight of the frame’s final 10 points to open up a 25-10 lead.
Becca Jonas converted on a post score six seconds into the second quarter as Drake went on to stretch its advantage to 40-10 on a pair of Hittner makes at the free throw line. Brandi Segars converted on a driving score with 3:32 to go to trim the deficit to 40-12 but the Bulldogs raced into the intermission with a commanding 46-12 lead.
Tiara Wallace attacked the basket only 12 seconds into the third quarter to put Loyola on the board first in the second half, 46-14. Kaitlyn Williams connected on her first three of the afternoon just over five minutes later to cut the margin to 58-23. Drake continued to operate at an efficient rate as time rolled on as it carried a 65-28 edge into the fourth quarter.
Lauren Segars drained her first career three-point field goal early on in the final frame to pull Loyola to within 65-31. Sammie Bachrodt answered back with an old-fashioned three-point play on Drake’s next trip down the floor to extend the Bulldog lead to 68-31 with 8:30 remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs went on to coast from there en route to capturing their 15th consecutive victory in Valley play.
Inside The Box Score
- Drake owned a sizeable edge in nearly every statistical category on the afternoon, highlighted by a 52-10 advantage in points in the paint.
- Salmon finished with a team-high 14 points to lead the Ramblers on the evening. Williams joined her in double figures with 10 points to go along with two assists and two steals.
- Preseason MVC Player of the Year pick Lizzy Wendell led all scorers with 19 points to pace a trio of Bulldogs to score in double figures.
Loyola kicks off its final road trip of the 2016-17 regular season on Friday night when it visits Charles Koch Arena to take on Wichita State at 7 p.m.