|No. 10 Loyola (2-27, 1-17 MVC) vs. No. 7 Bradley (11-18, 7-11 MVC)|
|Date & Time||Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 7 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Moline, Ill. | iWireless Center|
|Coverage||The Valley on ESPN3 | Live Stats|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Loyola Game Notes | Bradley Game Notes | Tournament Bracket|
- Tenth-seeded Loyola opens up play on Thursday evening in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament when it clashes with seventh-seeded Bradley here at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill.
- Thursday marks the third time that the Ramblers and Braves will meet in an opening-round game of the league tournament.
- Loyola is seeking to become only the fourth No. 10 seed to record a victory in MVC Tournament history.
- 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 seven 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.
Loyola/Bradley - The Series
- Thursday's opening-round tilt will mark the 37th meeting between Loyola and Bradley, with the Braves holding a 21-15 edge in the all-time series.
- The Braves swept the season series, grinding out a 60-53 win on Jan. 8 at Gentile Arena before a 72-45 triumph on Feb. 3 in Peoria, Ill. Katie Salmon paced the Ramblers in those two contests, averaging team-high marks in both points (11.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.0 rpg).
- As noted earlier, Thursday's game will be the third opening-round clash between the two teams in four seasons. The Ramblers picked up victories in both of the previous postseason meetings.
- Bradley wrapped up the 2016-17 regular season with an overall record of 11-18 in its first season under the direction of head coach Andrea Gorski.
- The Braves finished MVC play at 7-11 to finish seventh in the final league standings. Bradley seven league wins are it won eight conference contests during the 2012-13 campaign.
- First Team All-MVC honoree Leti Lerma leads the Bradley attack, averaging team-best marks in points (11.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 rpg). Anneke Schlueter has knocked down a team-high 45 shots from beyond the three-point arc, while Vanessa Markert leads the team in blocks (1.1 bpg).
- With a win over Bradley on Thursday evening, Loyola would book a date with second-seeded Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Friday night.