Evansville connected at over a 40% clip from beyond the three-point arc as it handed the Loyola University Chicago women’s basketball team an 81-50 defeat this evening at Gentile Arena. The Purple Aces (12-16 overall), who have now won four straight games, move to 7-10 in Missouri Valley Conference play with the win, while the Ramblers (2-26 overall) fall to 1-16.
How It Happened
Kaitlyn Williams knocked down her first three of the evening just under three minutes into the first quarter to offset an old-fashioned three-point play by Kerri Gasper to knot the score up at 3-3. Following a driving score by Williams that cut the Purple Aces’ lead to 6-5, Evansville took off on a 13-4 spurt that sent its advantage into double figures, 19-9. Tiara Wallace drained a pair of attempts from the charity stripe to trim the margin to 19-11 at the end of the first quarter.
A deep triple by reigning MVC Player of the Week Sara Dickey ignited a quarter-opening 7-2 run for the Purple Aces. Consecutive threes by Dickey in the middle stages of the frame saw the Evansville lead extend to 40-15 as the visitors raced into halftime with a 46-17 edge.
Brandi Segars drove in for two 17 seconds into the third quarter to put the Ramblers on the board first in the second half. A Gasper three set off another Evansville run that pushed the Purple Aces’ lead to 55-19 on a Camary Williams layup at the 4:39 mark. Lauren Segars rattled home a corner three to trim the deficit to 59-22 with 1:57 remaining but Madison Lively answered back with a quick bucket on Evansville’s next trip down the floor to send Loyola into the fourth quarter in a 61-22 hole.
Consecutive fast break scores by Brandi Segars during the middle stages of the fourth quarter cut the margin to 70-35 with 6:04 to play. Katie Salmon finished off an old-fashioned three-point play just under two minutes later to trim the deficit to 72-43. Loyola would struggle to get any closer before time expired though as Evansville picked up an 81-50 triumph to sweep the season series.
Inside The Box Score
- Brandi Segars and Wallace finished with 13 points apiece to lead the Rambler attack on the evening, while Williams chipped in 10 points of her own. Segars also pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
- Following her showing tonight, Wallace is averaging a team-best 11.0 points over Loyola’s last three contests.
- Evansville knocked down a staggering 11 three-point field goals, nearly doubling its season average in the category.
- Brooke Dossett led the Purple Aces with a game-high 14 points.
Loyola returns to Gentile Arena on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when it takes on Southern Illinois in the regular-season finale for both teams.