Loyola Grinds Past Youngstown State, 67-59, For Fifth Consecutive Win|
Feb. 23, 2013
CHICAGO - Simone Law scored a game-high 24 points and Taylor Johnson added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Loyola closed the game on a 10-1 run to earn a 67-59 win over Youngstown State this afternoon at Gentile Arena. Loyola improves to 12-13 (7-5 Horizon) with its first five-game Horizon League winning streak in 11 years while Youngstown State drops to 18-7 (8-4) with the loss.
After Loyola scored five of the first six points of the game before Youngstown State responded, rattling off nine straight points to take a 10-5 lead. The Ramblers pulled even at 15 on a pair of Taylor Johnson free throws but the Penguins pushed back out to a six-point lead (24-18) on a Melissa Thompson three-pointer. Loyola still faced a six-point deficit with 3:53 left before closing the half strong and cutting the deficit to one (33-32) at intermission. Abby Skube gave the Ramblers a huge lift off the bench in the opening half, coming off the bench to score a team-high nine points (4-4 FGs) in eight minutes.
A Troy Hambric hoop to open the second half gave the Ramblers the lead and the teams went back-and-forth over the first seven minutes of the half. Two Law free throws gave LU a 49-45 lead but the Penguins responded with a 9-2 run to grab a 54-51 lead at the 8:03 mark. Loyola kept pounding the ball inside and a three-point play from Law gave LU a 57-56 lead with 3:22 to go. Two Brandi Brown free throws gave YSU the lead back but another three-point play from Law put the Ramblers back in front (61-58) with just under two minutes left. Loyola's defense held strong the rest of the way as the home team was able to see out the victory.
Law finished with a game-high 24 points, including a 12-for-21 performance from the free throw line, to lead the Ramblers. Johnson notched her fifth double-double of the season, racking up 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hambric (11 points) also reached double figures. Brown led Youngstown State with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Loyola wraps up a busy stretch of three games in five days when it travels to Cleveland to battle Cleveland State on Monday night. Tip time from the Wolstein Center is set for 6 p.m. CT.