Senior guard Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir scored a career-high 32 points, but the Indiana State Women’s Basketball team couldn’t hang with Loyola as it fell 71-58 on Sunday afternoon in Gentile Arena. The Sycamores fell to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Abdul-Qaadir posted 17 of her 32 points before the break, scoring over half the ISU points on the afternoon. She went 10-for-20 from the field including 4-for-7 from behind the arc and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She also added four assists to accompany her career-high mark.
The Sycamores, however, had no answer for Loyola’s senior forward Troy Hambric, who dropped 30 points, 20 in the first half, along with 16 from center Cate Soane. The Ramblers snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up the first win against the Sycamores as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. They improve to 9-12 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Junior forward Chelsea Small recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. She also tied her season-high three blocks in her 26 minutes off the bench.
Despite play from Abdul-Qaadir and Small, ISU was sluggish on the offensive end. They finished the afternoon with a 26.9 shooting percentage but shined on the charity stripe with a 94.1 percentage (16-for-17).
Senior guard Anna Munn scored seven points and grabbed six boards while junior forward Racheal Mahan added five points and three boards.
The Sycamores couldn’t get acquainted with the league newcomer Ramblers, who took command of the game from the opening tip. Loyola took a 40-31 lead into the break and kept the Sycamores at bay as it kept the lead at six or more points for the remainder of the game.
ISU concludes a three-game road swing as they face Illinois State on Friday. Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. ET at Redbird Arena.