Nov. 17, 2012
CHICAGO - Simone Law and Taylor Johnson combined for 53 points and Monica Albano became the 19th player in Loyola history to reach 1,000 career points as Loyola knocked off Southern Illinois, 82-73, tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers move to 2-1 with the win while Southern Illinois drops to 0-2 on the young season.
Loyola got off to a nice start, playing from the lead early and using a 10-0 spurt, with all the points from Johnson and Patrice King, to take a 21-8 lead just over seven minutes into the game. The Salukis answered straight away, scoring 13 of the next 14 points to draw even at 22 as Loyola went over five minutes without a field. The visitors stayed hot, eventually opening up a 33-28 lead, before Loyola regrouped down the stretch. Abby Skube had three straight buckets to highlight a period-ending 10-0 run that sent the Ramblers to the locker room with a 38-33 advantage.
The game of runs continued into the second half as SIU scored seven of the first nine points to forge a 40-40 deadlock just over two minutes into the period. A free throw from Law restored a six-point Loyola lead but the Salukis battled back and eventually tied things up again (52-52) on a Jordyn Courier three-pointer. The teams traded baskets to 62-all, with Albano reaching the milestone on a jumper, but it was a 12-0 Loyola run from there that allowed the home team to seize control. Two Law charity tosses capped the spurt that gave LU a 72-62 lead at the 3:03 mark and the Salukis would get no closer than six the rest of the way with the Ramblers going 8-for-8 from the line over the last 1:23 to ice the game.
Law was a force in the paint for Loyola, finishing with game-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds, which are also a career high. Johnson handled things on the perimeter, filling the box score to the tune of 26 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals without a turnover.
They were joined in double figures by King (seven rebounds) and Skube, who scored 10 points apiece.
Loyola has one more game before the Thanksgiving holiday as it hosts Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night (Nov. 21). Tip time from Gentile Arena is set for 7 p.m.