The Valpo women’s basketball team shot just 27.8% from the floor and hit only one 3-pointer on Tuesday as it dropped an MVC contest at the ARC to visiting Loyola, 53-36.
How It Happened
- Neither team gained more than a three-point edge in a first quarter which featured five lead changes. A Loyola basket in the waning seconds of the period gave it a 13-12 lead at the end of 10 minutes.
- The Ramblers pulled out to as many as an eight-point lead in the second quarter on multiple occasions.
- Valpo held Loyola scoreless over the final 3:15 of the first half and got baskets from senior Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) and freshman Lauren Gunn (Fishers, Ind./Lawrence North) in that stretch to close to within 25-21 at halftime.
- Valpo was limited to just four points in the third quarter as the Ramblers outscored the Brown and Gold 15-4 in the period to go ahead 40-25 with 10 minutes remaining.
- The Loyola lead reached as many as 22 points in the final period.
Inside the Game
- Valpo’s 36 points was its lowest output since scoring 35 at Green Bay on Jan. 17, 2017. The four-point third quarter was the team’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season.
- The Brown and Gold posted their worst field goal (15-of-54, 27.8%) and 3-point (1-of-25, 4%) shooting percentages of the year. Valpo’s previous low this year for 3-pointers made was five.
- Junior Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) notched nine points to pace Valpo in the scoring column. Tuesday was the first time since Dec. 29, 2017 at Drake that Valpo did not have at least one double-figure scorer.
- Freshman Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) contributed six points on 3-of-4 shooting off the bench.
- Senior Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) led Valpo with seven rebounds and four steals, the latter mark tying her career best, while junior Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) handed out a game-high five assists to move into ninth place in program history in career assists.
Valpo (6-6, 2-3) will be away from competition for over a week as its scheduled series at Southern Illinois this weekend has already been postponed. The Brown and Gold are slated to return to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 against Missouri State at the ARC.