Women's Basketball

Loyola Women’s Basketball Shuts Down Valparaiso University With A 62-48 Win

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsLoyola's Bre Hampton-Bey goes for the ball against Valparaiso.

In a dominating game against Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponent, Valparaiso University, the Loyola women’s basketball team outscored Valparaiso 62-48 to continue its two-game win streak.

Loyola started with the ball and scored on its first possession with a layup from junior forward Julia Hoefling, getting on the board within the first minute of the game. Valparaiso quickly answered Loyola with a three-point field goal from Shay Frederick. 

In the first quarter, Valparaiso shot 53.8% from the field, outshooting Loyola 33.3% from the field, with five defensive rebounds, the Rambler defense kept the game close, ending the first quarter tied at 16. 

The pace of the game shifted with the second quarter as Loyola’s defense pressured Valparaiso to shoot just 23.1% from the field.

Loyola senior forward Allison Day put up three defensive rebounds for the Ramblers, contributing to the shift in pace in the second quarter.

“We ultimately just knew we were better,” Day said. “They’ve got a lot of downhill attacks … [and] we knew we could take that away.”

The Rambler’s offense also took off, with back-to-back three-pointers from senior guard Janae Gonzales followed by a  layup and free throw from senior guard Bre Hampton-Bey. This gave Loyola its biggest lead of the half with a score of 33-21. 

During the second quarter, Loyola put up 17 points overall compared to Valparaiso’s 10, making the score 33-26 heading into halftime. 

At the start of the second half, Loyola continued to dominate both defensively and offensively. The Ramblers outscored Valparaiso 15-8 in the third quarter while Valparaiso’s shooting success from the field dropped to a game low of 10%. 

In the fourth quarter, Valparaiso regained some traction against Loyola, tallying nine rebounds compared to Loyola’s eight. However, the team also turned the ball over three times compared to Loyola’s two turnovers. Both teams ended with six fouls and 14 points for the fourth quarter. 

Despite Valparaiso’s last efforts in the final quarter, the momentum continued to build with Loyola until the end of the game. 

“When we’re finding success, we just continue to attack,” Loyola head coach Kate Achter said. “I think that speaks to our competitiveness … Our best basketball is ahead of us.” 

When the final buzzer went off, Loyola out-rebounded Valparaiso 41-29 and shot 38.9% from the field compared to the Crusaders’ 30.6%. These numbers helped the Ramblers finish over Valparaiso 62-48, holding the visitors to their lowest score in MVC play this season.

The Ramblers are set to travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take on the University of Northern Iowa Feb. 4. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN+.

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