So far this season, Loyola’s offense has lagged behind its defense.
That changed Thursday.
The Ramblers played one of their most complete games, and it led to a 44-35 win over Fenwick at home in a GCAC Red contest. It was Loyola’s one and only conference home game of the season.
“Tuesday, we were off,” Loyola sophomore guard Julia Martinez said of the 42-30 loss to Trinity. “We got back to playing our game [Thursday].”
Martinez (pictured above) converted a 3-point play at the 2:20 mark of the third quarter to put Loyola (7-3, 2-1) ahead 28-27. It was the sixth lead change of the second half, and the Ramblers never trailed again.
Loyola scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to build a 34-27 lead over the Friars (7-2, 1-1). Fenwick got within three, 34-31, with 2:42 remaining, but senior guard Madison Kane secured the win in the final two minutes.
After making a layup with 1:52 to go, Kane made a steal that resulted in a Martinez layup and a 38-31 with 1:26 left on the clock. Martinez scored eight of her season-best 23 points in the fourth.
“Once we got on a roll, it was hard to stop us,” Martinez said.
The Ramblers closed out the Friars when Martinez converted two layups on in-bounds plays from underneath Loyola’s own basket.
“We had better movement, better spacing and we finished around the rim,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “We got the ball in the post, and we got production from Julia. If we can do that, we are going to be successful.”
Senior forward Clare Nelson scored nine points, and Kane contributed eight points. Junior forward Lilly Wehman finished with four points, but she was a force on the defensive end.
Loyola is off until next week when it plays Taft at home Thursday.