Dec. 30, 2012
Milwaukee, Wis. - Loyola saw host Marquette go on a 17-3 run midway through the second half to pull away as the Golden Eagles handed the Ramblers a 77-61 setback tonight at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Monica Albano had a team-high 19 points to lead the Ramblers (4-7) while Marquette improves to 7-5 on the season.
"I was proud of our effort and I thought we did some things well tonight," said head coach Eric Simpson. "However, we struggled to contain their size on the boards and we were unable to finish defensive possessions with rebounds."
Marquette threatened to blow the game open early, rattling off 15 straight points to take a 19-4 lead with just over six minutes elapsed. A Taylor Johnson basket ended the run and Albano scored the last eight points of a 12-0 Rambler run that made it a 19-16 game midway through the half. Loyola's deficit fluctuated between four and seven over the next eight minutes but a late flurry saw Marquette take an eight-point lead (39-31) into the locker room at halftime. The Golden Eagles dominated the boards in the opening 20 minutes, outrebounding the smaller Ramblers 32-13 and turning 15 offensive boards into 20 second chance points.
Both teams got off to slow starts in the second half, with neither team scoring in the first three minutes. The home team built the lead back to 14 on a Katherine Plouffe basket but a Lyndsey Booker trey helped the Ramblers get back within 10 (48-38) at the 13:30 mark but LU went cold, missing 10 of 11 shots as Marquette took control with the game-altering run. Loyola scored the next seven as it tried to battle back but the Ramblers would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way.
The boards continued to be the story as Loyola was outrebounded 59-27 for the game with Marquette enjoying a 31-5 edge in second chance points, negating a 21-10 LU edge in points off turnovers.
Albano knocked down five three-pointers en route to her team-high 19 points. She was joined in double figures by Simone Law, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Loyola opens calendar year 2013 on Wednesday night (Jan. 2) when it hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m.