Saluki women pummel Loyola, 62-46


Mary Newman

Senior guard Kylie Giebelhausen, 32, of east Peoria, dodges forward-center Kat Nolan’s block, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, during the Saluki’s 62-46 win against Loyola University at SIU Arena. (Mary Newman | @MaryNewmanDE)

By Ryan Demer

The SIU women’s basketball team defeated the Loyola Ramblers (3-14, 1-5 MVC), 62-46, Friday night at SIU Arena.

The victory marked win No. 350 for SIU head coach Cindy Stein.

“I think I say this a lot, but I feel like we play really hard and give it our best shot every game,” Stein said. “We just need to continue to work smarter.”


Southern got out to a fast start in the game, as the Salukis scored the first seven points of the game. However, the Ramblers brought the game within three late in the first quarter.

After Loyola’s brief run, freshman guard Makenzie Silvey drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that ended the first frame. Silvey finished with 16 points, three assists and two steals. She also shot 4-6 from 3-point territory.

“I think we have multiple players capable of going off any night,” Silvey said. “If somebody is struggling, everyone else can pick them up.”

SIU carried the momentum into the second quarter where it formed a 15-4 scoring run and built a double-digit lead.

However, Loyola fought back and drove the deficit to only five as the first half ended with the score 29-24.

The Salukis began the third quarter with a quick 11-0 scoring run and regained a dominating lead over the Ramblers.

Southern remained in control for the remainder of the game. With astute 3-point shooting and a solid turnover ratio during the game, the Salukis managed to win by double digits despite being outrebounded.


“We got those turnovers from playing disciplined defense,” senior guard Kylie Giebelhausen said. “Whenever we weren’t playing disciplined, they scored on us. So we noticed that.

Two more Salukis scored in double figures during the game.

Freshman forward Abby Brockmeyer dropped 16 points with six rebounds. She also blocked three shots and came up with two steals.

Junior forward Nicole Martin scored 11 points and added three rebounds with two steals.

The Salukis (10-8, 5-2 MVC) are back in action on Jan. 21 for a matchup with the Valparaiso Crusaders. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at SIU Arena.

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