Loyola’s women’s basketball team lost its season opener 84-77 in a shootout against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday.
The Ramblers were hoping to avenge last season’s loss to the Yellow Jackets, but slow start to the first half put the Ramblers in a hole too big to climb out of.
The NCAA put new rules into place for women’s basketball this season, and part of those changes include playing quarters instead of halves. The Ramblers were outscored in the first half, 21- 16 and 25- 14. Loyola was down as much as 22 points at one point in the game. A furious fourth quarter effort brought the Ramblers to within six points, but that was as close as it would get.
Redshirt junior forward Taylor Manuel played off the bench yet led all Loyola scorers with 21 points. Three other Ramblers scored in double digits.
The Ramblers return to action on Nov. 17 with a visit to Eastern Illinois University at 6 p.m.