What went down:
Feb. 17 vs. University of Northern Iowa (89-43 L)
The Ramblers and the Panthers were tested each other offensively in the first quarter. After a three pointer from UNI, junior guard/forward Katie Salmon responded with her own three as well as first-year guard Kaitlyn Williams to give the Ramblers the lead with a score of 8-6.
As the first quarter progressed, the Panthers took a 13-0 run which would carry them to victory throughout the game.
A mixture of points from sophomore guard Citiana Negatu and junior guard Lee Williams helped the Ramblers in the second quarter. But, UNI went on another offensive run to close the score at 47-20 at the half.
Loyola’s free throws (.628) made the difference in the second half. K. Williams, sophomore guard Brandi Segars, and first-year guard Tiara Wallace accumulated eight points in free throws alone.
However, the team’s efforts were no match for the Panther’s offense as it scored a total of 11 free throws solidifying the score at 89-43.
Head coach Kate Achter said Loyola prepared for the amount of three UNI was going to take.
“Some of those threes, in the first half, I thought we did a good job of contesting,” said Achter. “We just became deflated through it. We knew they were going to make threes. We just didn’t fight has hard as we needed to through the emotional side of it.”
Feb. 19 vs. No. 25 Drake University (86-42 L)
Against No. 25 Drake, Salmon, who finished with 14 points, delivered two three pointers to open up the Rambler’s scoring in the first quarter. However, in between the two baskets, Drake went on a 8-0 run and finished over the quarter with another eight points, leaving the score at 25-10.
Brandi Segars made Loyola’s only basket in the second quarter with 3:32 to go in the half while the Bulldogs went on to increase their lead to 46-12.
Wallace scored the first basket of the second half followed by a three pointer from K. Williams. Drake’s offense pressed on and left the Ramblers with a large 65-28 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
Quickly into the fourth quarter, first-year guard Lauren Segars scored her first career three-point shot to make the score 65-31. Drake answered quickly with a three and went on to defeat Loyola with a score of 86-42.
The Ramblers are scheduled to take on Wichita State University at 7 p.m. in Wichita, Kansas on Friday, Feb. 24th.