Salukis clinch share of MVC Rgular season title as SIU topples Loyola-Chicago in low-scoring game

By Cole Daily, Staff Reporter

The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team traveled to Chicago to play the Ramblers on Thursday, March 3. The Dawgs came out on top against their inner-state rivals, 51-28.

SIU scored first with a three-pointer from senior forward Abby Brockmeyer with 9:35 left in the first quarter. Senior forward Mackenzie Silvey knocked down a three-pointer on the next drive down the floor.

Southern continued to lay the pressure onto the Ramblers as they went up 12-2 by the first media timeout of the game. This occurred with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

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Loyola-Chicago kept the Salukis scoreless through the rest of the quarter, as they cut the lead to four, 12-8, at the end of the first.

To start the second quarter, SIU went on a 9-2 run in the first four minutes, pushing their lead back to 21-10.

Both teams traded buckets before the end of the half, leaving the score 26-16, with SIU ahead in the ball game.

The third quarter started with a defensive affair. Neither team scored for the first two and a half minutes. Loyola-Chicago finally managed to get a bucket and cut the Salukis lead to under 10, 26-18.

SIU easily regained their big lead after the play had transpired. Brockmeyer knocked down a three-pointer right before the media timeout, 4:30, for the Salukis to hold an eleven-point lead.

Brockmeyer continued to dominate throughout the third quarter, as the Salukis held LCU scoreless and the Dawgs went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter. SIU held a 38-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Southern Illinois gained a 20-point lead out of the break with 8:57 left in the game. Senior forward Gabby Walker made the turnaround bucket.

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The Salukis continued to build on their lead. With just over a minute to play, Southern Illinois held a 51-26 lead. The Ramblers only scored two more points until the game came to a close.

Brockmeyer led all scorers with 17 points, and also added 14 rebounds and two blocks to her statline. Silvey and Walker scored 10 points each, with Silvey also pulling down eight boards.

The Salukis will play their second contest of a two-game road trip against Valparaiso on Saturday, March 5. This will be the final game of the season before the Hoops in the Heartland tournament.

Sports Reporter Cole Daily can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at cdaily_de

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