The Loyola University Chicago women’s basketball nearly completed a thrilling comeback but host Wichita State proved to be too much down the stretch as it picked up a 65-43 victory this evening at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. The Shockers (13-13 overall) improve to 8-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play, while the Ramblers (2-24 overall) slip to 1-14.
How It Happened
Loyola jumped out to an early 5-2 lead following a three by Kaitlyn Williams and a Katie Salmon layup. Another Williams trey put Loyola back in front, 8-6, before an old-fashioned three-point play by Brandi Segars gave the Maroon & Gold an 11-6 edge with 3:18 to go in the opening quarter. Williams’ third trey of the first frame pushed the Rambler lead to six, 14-8, before the Shockers ended the quarter with a 5-0 spurt to close to within one, 14-13.
Segars answered an early score by Jeliah Preston 49 seconds into the second quarter as Loyola held on to a perilous 16-15 advantage. Back-to-back makes by TaQuandra Mike and Angiee Tomkins sent the Shockers in front, 19-16, at the 7:25 mark. Lauren Segars rattled home a jumper to cut the margin to one, 19-18, but Wichita State ended the first half on a 16-2 run to race into the locker room with a 35-20 lead.
Mike and Salmon traded baskets in the opening minutes of the third quarter as Wichita State maintained a 15-point edge, 37-22. A split at the free throw line by Salmon chipped the deficit to 39-25 with 3:24 remaining. Wichita State kept its foot on the gas as time wound down, stretching its lead to 47-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
A three-point play by Tiara Wallace helped spark a quarter-opening 9-0 run that saw the Ramblers pull to within nine, 47-38, on another Wallace make that prompted a Shocker timeout. The hosts responded with a run of their own, rattling off nine unanswered points to reestablish an 18-point margin, 56-38. Loyola would get no closer than 15 before time eventually ran out.
Inside The Box Score
- Williams and Brandi Segars paced the Loyola attack on the night with nine points apiece. Williams connected on three shots from beyond the three-point arc, marking the ninth time this season that the freshman has registered at least three triples in a game.
- Wallace racked up a season-high seven assists, while Salmon narrowly missed out on a double-double as she finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
- Tompkins led Wichita State with a game-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Loyola travels to Springfield, Mo. on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the road portion of its 2016-17 schedule against Missouri State. Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m. from inside JQH Arena.