Senior forward Clare Nelson made two layups late in the fourth quarter to lead Loyola to a 38-27 win over St. Ignatius on Wednesday in Chicago.
The Ramblers outscored the Wolfpack 11-0 in the final 3 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game to win the GCAC Red opener for both teams. The game was scheduled to be played at Loyola, but a power outage in Wilmette forced the game to be moved.
“We were not running our offense to completion,” said Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker, who is 9-0 in Jesuit Cup games. “The final part is a slip to Clare Nelson. We want to get her the ball where she likes to operate, but it took us 28 minutes to figure that out.”
Nelson scored all eight of her points in the fourth. Sophomore guard Julia Martinez both scored nine points, and senior guard Madison Kane contributed eight points.
Loyola (6-2, 1-0) led 25-16 after three quarters on junior guard Adie Morrrill’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, but St. Ignatius (4-5, 0-1) started the fourth on an 8-0 run. The Wolfpack tied the game at 27-all with 3:29 to go on a 3-point play.
After senior guard Mary Dooley made one free throw, Nelson scored back-to-back baskets in the post to rebuild Loyola’s lead to 32-27.
“There were two timeouts in the fourth, and coach Schoenecker got out the clipboard and drew up the plays we were supposed to run,” Nelson said. “We finally figured it out.”
Loyola’s next game is Tuesday at Trinity.