By Emma Goodson
Ramblers Women’s Basketball of Loyola Chicago couldn’t catch up to the Southern Illinois Salukis Friday night at Joseph J. Gentile Arena. The game loss moved the team to 6-8 in conference play with only four games remaining before the Missouri Valley State tournament.
The Ramblers started off strong in the first quarter but quickly lost momentum going into halftime of their 64-41 loss to the Salukis. The team hit only 31 percent of field goal attempts and 27 percent of three-point attempts, compared to the Salukis at 42 percent and 46 percent, respectively.
“Not the result that we wanted. I just didn’t think we played well,” Ramblers Coach Kate Achter said. “Case in point – we went 5 of 13 from the free throw line and only had six assists.”
Loyola Chicago sophomore Abby O’Connor energized the rather slow Ramblers play throughout the game, finishing with 17 total points and shooting 50 percent from the three-point line.
“We messed around with a lot of different lineups today, but at the end of the day, we play 14 conference games, we should be comfortable and today, I just thought we under-performed,” Achter said.