Feb. 28, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Troy Hambric led all scorers with 23 points but Indiana State raced out to a double-digit lead at halftime and never looked back, defeating Loyola by a final tally of 66-45 this evening at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The Sycamores improve to 16-10 (11-4 Missouri Valley), while the Ramblers, now on a six-game slide, fall to 9-18 (5-10 Missouri Valley).
Indiana State got off to a red-hot start from the field, jumping out to an 8-0 lead at the 17:23 mark of the first half, prompting a Loyola timeout. Hambric put the Ramblers on the board following the timeout. The Motor City native scored four of Loyola's next six points as the Ramblers battled back to within four (12-8) with 13:50 remaining in the half. The Sycamores answered back, extending their advantage back out to seven (17-10) before Hambric rattled off four more to cut the deficit down to three (17-14) at the 11:10 mark.
The Sycamores' lead hovered between three and six points before the home team used a 6-0 run to take its first double-figure lead of the evening (29-18) with just over five minutes to play in the first half. Loyola was only able to get back to within nine (29-20) as it trailed by a count of 39-25 at halftime. Even though the Ramblers faired better from the field than Indiana State in the first half, the Sycamores used 11 made free throws, compared to Loyola's 2, to help build their advantage.
Following a Marina Laramie score to open the second stanza, back-to-back scores from Courtney Lindfors, making her Loyola debut after being sidelined by injury since transferring from Milwaukee at the end of the 2012 season, cut the margin to 12 (41-29) with just over a minute gone in the second half. Indiana State responded with six unanswered points as its lead ballooned up to 18 (47-29) with 15:35 remaining.
The Ramblers made another push, gradually chipping away over the next five minutes. A pair of Hambric free throws brought Loyola back to within 10 (49-39) but another 6-0 run from the Sycamores extinguished any hope of a comeback as Indiana State cruised to the final horn.
Hambric has now scored in double-figures in 23 of Loyola's last 26 games, posting back-to-back 23-point efforts. Lindfors finished with eight points, tying Hambric for the team-lead in rebounds with four. Hambric, Lindfors, Bailey Farley and Lyndsey Booker each recorded three steals. Mariana Laramie led the way for Indiana State with 14 points.
Loyola will play its final regular season road game on Sunday afternoon when the Illinois State Redbirds will provide the opposition. Tip-off is slated for 2:05 p.m. from Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.