Molly Fox scored a career-high 30 points, but it wasn't enough as the Wright State women's basketball team dropped a 74-66 Horizon League decision to Loyola Saturday at WSU's Nutter Center.
The Ramblers, who led the entire game, scored the first seven points before Fox got the Raiders on the scoreboard with a three-point play with 17:32 remaining in the first half. Loyola stretched the lead to 15-3 on a Simone Law layup and later to 32-17 on another Law basket with 6:01 to play before WSU cut the deficit to 40-31 at the half.
Loyola shot 46 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including seven of 16 from three-point range, while Wright State shot 33 percent overall and was two of 10 from behind the arc.
The Raiders outscored the Ramblers 22-15 over the first 10 minutes of the second half, trailing by just two at 55-53 following a Kim Demmings three, only to see the Ramblers push the lead back up to seven with a 7-2 run, five of those coming from Monica Albano.
WSU closed to within three two times down the stretch, the second being 64-61 on a Fox layup with 3:08 remaining, but would get no closer as Lyndsey Booker answered with a three and Loyola made seven foul shots in the final 1:09.
The Ramblers shot 46 percent overall for the game, 11 of 25 from three, compared to 34 percent for the Raiders, who were seven of 25 from behind the arc.
Fox led all scorers with a career-high 30 points, bettering the 28 she scored against Detroit on January 15, 2011. She also posted her eighth double-double of the season by collecting 11 rebounds. Demmings added 14 points and six assists, but no other Raider managed more than six points.
Loyola (10-12, 5-6 Horizon) had four players in double figures, led by Ayrealle Beavers' 21 points while Abby Skube had 18, Patrice King 10 and Albano 10 off the bench.
Wright State (15-8, 8-3 Horizon) heads to Wisconsin next week for a pair of games, taking on Milwaukee on Thursday, February 9, at 8:00 Eastern followed by nationally-ranked Green Bay on Saturday, February 11, at 3:00 Dayton time.