|Schedule||March 2 | vs. Evansville | 7 p.m. | The Valley on ESPN3 | Live Stats
March 4 | vs. Southern Illinois | 1 p.m. | The Valley on ESPN3 | Live Stats
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- Loyola caps off the regular season portion of its schedule at the end of the week inside Gentile Arena.
- A streaking Evansville team visits Rogers Park for a 7 p.m. tilt on Thursday morning before a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon matinee with Southern Illinois.
- Loyola dropped contests to both teams to begin MVC play.
- There is a new face at the head of the Rambler bench this season. Kate Achter was named the ninth head coach in program history on July 19, 2016.
- The Ramblers return a trio of letterwinners from last season's team in junior Katie Salmon and sophomores Citiana Negatu and Brandi Segars. The trio is joined by a crop of eight newcomers that are set to make their collegiate debuts this season.
- When the NCAA released the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) earlier this month, Loyola was tied with Harvard University for first among all Division I schools with a 99 percent GSR. A year ago, Loyola ranked tied for third in the country.
- Evansville brings an overall record of 11-16 into Thursday's matchup that includes a 6-10 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play.
- The Purple Aces have caught fire of late, ripping off three straight wins, to climb back into contention for an opening round bye at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
- Head coach Matt Ruffing's team is led on the offensive end by the duo of Sara Dickey and Camary Williams. Dickey, a Preseason All-MVC honoree, averages a team-best 14.8 ppg, while Williams is close behind at 14.5 ppg. Williams also leads the Evansville roster in rebounding (8.0 ppg) and has racked up a staggering 109 steals, a new single-season record for the program.
- Southern Illinois enters the final round of league play at 14-13 overall and 8-8 in league play.
- The Salukis, who take on Indiana State on Thursday, also look to be hitting their stride as the season winds down, having won three of their last four games.
- The trio of Rishonda Napier, Kylie Giebelhausen and Kim Nebo paces the attack for head coach Cindy Stein. Napier (13.7 ppg), Giebelhausen (13.5 ppg) and Nebo (10.4 ppg) all average in double figures in scoring. Giebelhausen leads the team in three-point shooting (0.370), while Nebo pulls down a team best 7.6 rebounds per game.
- The Ramblers will then turn their attention to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Moline, Ill. Loyola will open play at the iWireless Center on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. against an opponent that is yet to be determined.