One week after losing to Purdue University, the Loyola women’s basketball team (6-4) fell to University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) 88-74 at Gentile Arena Sunday afternoon for its second consecutive defeat.
Loyola committed 18 turnovers on the day — 14 of which came in the first half — and UMKC scored 24 points off those miscues. The Ramblers were led in scoring by sophomore center Kat Nolan, who put up a career-high 17 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting.
Sophomore guard Ellie Rice contributed 15 points while grabbing a season-best eight rebounds.
“We need to take care of the basketball better,” Loyola head coach Kate Achter said after the game. “I thought we had missed opportunities because we were kicking the ball all over the place.”
Both teams shot well out of the gate, as Loyola went 9-for-12 from the field and UMKC was 6-for-9 from three-point distance in the first quarter. The Kangaroos carried a 24-20 lead into the next quarter, and extended its lead to 50-38 by halftime.
But the Ramblers shot a combined 7-for-21 in the second half while UMKC shot 13-for-25 in that span to cruise to victory.
With the win, UMKC improved to 4-6 on the year. The Kangaroos finished fifth out of eight teams in the Western Athletic Conference last season with a 7-7 conference record. They shot 47.7 percent for the game — including 47.6 percent from three-point territory.
“We have to defend to win games and we didn’t do that … I didn’t think we were locked in, defensively, from the jump,” Achter said. “That didn’t start today. We practiced poorly this week, too, for whatever reason. We need to find a way to be better, and at the end of the day, that’s what we need to learn from this.”
The Ramblers are next scheduled to take on No. 20 DePaul University Dec. 20 at Gentile Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.