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Loyola Women’s Basketball defeats Evansville 61-56

By Emma Goodson
Medill Reports

The Ramblers of Loyola University Chicago broke a two-game losing streak Friday after besting conference opponent Evansville Purple Aces 61-56 at  the Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago.

“All wins are good wins, and today we feel lucky to have escaped with one,” said Head Coach Kate Achter at a post-game press conference.

Junior guard Tiara Wallace and sophomore forward Alexis Meyer led the Ramblers’ scoring with 14 and 13 total points, respectively.

“It wasn’t the prettiest win, obviously, but a win’s a win,” Wallace said.

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Evansville Purple Aces sophomore guard Kayla Casteel looks for assistance with pressure from Ramblers Alexis Meyer and Citiana Negatu. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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The Loyola bench celebrates a successful defensive stand in the second quarter. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Loyola sophomore guard Ellie Rice waits for sophomore forward Alexis Meyer to get open while facing pressure from Evansville senior guard Brooke Bishop. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Ellie Rice charges for a layup while defended by Purple Aces Kaylan Coffman, junior center; Brooke Bishop; and Sydney Tucker, freshman guard. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Loyola junior guard Tiara Wallace tosses up a two-point shot. Wallace finished the game with 14 total points for the Ramblers. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Rambler Allison Day, freshman forward, jumps up for a two-point shot escaping coverage from Purple Ace Kerri Gasper, senior guard. Day had four defensive rebounds and two blocks. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Evansville’s Brooke Bishop attempts to break out of coverage in the fourth quarter. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Sophomore forward Abby O’Connor and freshman guard Janae Gonzales wait to check back into the game in the fourth quarter with five minutes to go. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Evansville freshman guard Makayla Wallace closes in on Janae Gonzales. Wallace finished with 10 points for the Purple Aces. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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The Evansville bench cheers on teammate Kayla Casteel after making a three-point shot with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Purple Aces bounced back from a 13-point deficit early in the fourth to end the game with a five-point margin of loss. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Alexis Meyer makes a free throw shot, giving the Ramblers a seven-point lead with 36 seconds remaining. Meyer had 13 points and seven rebounds against the Purple Aces. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Brooke Bishop goes for a layup with 24 seconds remaining. Bishop scored 14 total points and had three assists for Evansville. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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Rambler Ellie Rice winds up for a free throw attempt with 20 seconds remaining. Rice finished with eight total points, two assists and four rebounds for Loyola. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
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With one second remaining in the fourth quarter, Abby O’Connor heads to the line for two free throw attempts. Both shots were good making the final score Loyola Chicago 61, Evansville 56. (Emma Goodson / Medill Reports)
Photo at top: Loyola Chicago defeats Evansville on Jan. 18. (Emma Goodson/MEDILL)