Women's Basketball

Loyola Cruises Past Chicago State 76-40

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixSophomore guard Ellie Rice had 18 points in Loyola's win over Illinois State Feb. 1.

Led by five players in double-digit points, the Loyola women’s basketball team (3-2) flew past Chicago State University 76-40 at Gentile Arena Monday night.

First-year forward Allison Day led Loyola with a career-high 17 points to go with five rebounds while first-year guard Janae Gonzales had 13 points and seven boards. Sophomore forward Abby O’Connor and sophomore guard Ellie Rice each scored 11, and junior guard Tiara Wallace tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.

“We really emphasize doing it together,” Loyola head coach Kate Achter said after the game. “It’s not just necessarily just one kid that we expect to carry the load. It makes for a more fun environment, certainly, but when we’re good, everybody’s contributing.”

With the loss, Chicago State falls to 0-6 on the season. The Cougars shot 26 percent for the game and committed 21 turnovers.

After Chicago State put the first points on the board, Loyola took the lead back and maintained it for the remainder of the first quarter and went into the second with a 20-12 advantage. The Ramblers kept their lead through the second quarter to go into halftime ahead 33-23.

Loyola pulled away even more in the third quarter and carried a 56-30 lead into the fourth and went on to seal the victory 76-40.

After falling to Bowling Green State University 88-74 Nov. 20, Wallace said the Ramblers wanted to come out with more energy to put the loss behind them.

“We just wanted to come out and attack,” Wallace said. “We just want to keep rolling and … focus on the next game.”

Loyola is next scheduled to take on Purdue University Fort Wayne Nov. 29 at Gentile Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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