Women's Basketball

Loyola Defeats North Central 73-49 in Exhibition

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixSophomore forward Abby O'Connor had 21 points and nine rebounds in Loyola's 80-54 win over Valparaiso Jan. 6.

The Loyola women’s basketball team beat North Central College 73-49 in an exhibition game at Gentile Arena Nov. 3.

“Really pleased with our defensive effort … although I thought we could have been better, they scored a lot off our mistakes,” Loyola head coach Kate Achter said after the game. “That’s something that can be corrected, so that’s really good moving forward.”

The first quarter was slow to start for the Ramblers. The Cardinals held the lead for most of the quarter and led 16-14. Loyola went 7-for-18 on shots in the paint with scoring efforts led by junior guard Tiara Wallace, who scored six of the Ramblers’ 14 points in the quarter.

The second quarter showed improvement for Loyola. The Ramblers held off North Central’s offensive advances and kept them to six points total for the quarter to take a 32-22 lead into halftime.

The Ramblers continued to build a lead in the third quarter and headed into the fourth quarter with a 17-point lead. First-year forward Allison Day had a standout performance in the final period, tallying six points which helped solidify the Ramblers’ victory.

Sophomore forward Abby O’Connor led Loyola with 16 points while Wallace had 14. After the game, Wallace said the team was focused on controlling the pace of the game early to get acclimated for the regular season.

“We really just wanted to push the tempo get a good start early,” Wallace said. “We tried to stop them as much as we [could] just so we can get a feel of how we’re going to be for the upcoming season.”

The Ramblers are scheduled to open the regular season Nov. 9 at Youngstown State University.

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