Following Erin Dillon’s second 3-pointer in the first 59 seconds of Saturday’s 62-25 win over Bishop McNamara, Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker clapped his hands and nodded his head in approval.
That’s because the Ramblers moved the ball around the court before finding Dillon for the wide-open shot.
“We valued that possession, and that’s what we’ve been talking about,” Schoenecker said. “That was the first half we needed. We just wanted to relax and play basketball.”
The win advanced Loyola (17-8) to the second round of the GCAC Red tournament. The fourth-seeded Ramblers play fifth-seeded Fenwick on Tuesday at Montini. Loyola beat the Friars 44-35 in Wilmette on Dec. 15. The semifinals are at Montini on Thursday, with the title game Saturday at Mother McAuley.
“We will have our hands full,” Schoenecker said of playing Fenwick for a second time. “It will be a good test for us. They will play us man, and we hope we can keep that rhythm offensively we had [Saturday].”
Loyola led 21-3 after the first and 36-13 at the half. The outcome was never in question during the final 16 minutes.
Dillon finished with three 3-pointers and scored a team-best 11 points. Sophomore forward Celia Satter added 10 points, while senior forward Clare Nelson scored all eight of her points in the first half. The Ramblers finished with nine 3s.
Junior forward Lilly Wehman and sophomore guard Julia Martinez both earned all-GCAC Red honors.