Sophomore guard Julia Martinez scored 19 points and had nine rebounds in Loyola’s 57-49 win over Fenwick on Tuesday at Montini, but her status for Thursday’s GCAC Red semifinals is unclear after she left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
“Julia came out an established herself and got us going early,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “It was tough to see her go down. We won’t know anything until [Wednesday] at the earliest.”
After the fifth-seeded Friars (16-9) made a run in the third quarter to get as close as two points, senior guard Madison Kane made some big shots to put the fourth-seeded Ramblers (18-8) ahead 40-29 by the start of the fourth.
While there were nervous times in the fourth after Martinez left the game, the Ramblers maintained their lead throughout.
“It was nice to see those two step up for us,” Schoenecker said of Kane and Martinez. “I thought it was a good all-around effort by us.”
Loyola and top-seeded Montini tip off at 5:30 p.m.