Loyola junior forward Elyse VanBogaert of Elburn and Rosary High School was named Horizon League Player of the week after averaging 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 76% (19 for 25) from the field in two games last week. VanBogaert is the first Loyola player to earn the honor this season.
VanBogaert opened the week strong, touching Youngstown State for 23 points on 11-of-13 field goal shooting in a 70-52 Loyola win. The 6-foot-1 post player scored seven of LU’s first eight points, helping the Ramblers open up leads of 19-0 and 29-5 before coasting to the win.
She was just as impressive on Saturday, knocking down 8-of-12 shots from the floor and finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds as Loyola dropped a hard-fought 67-62 decision to second-place Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.
VanBogaert has put together a solid junior season and ranks among the top seven in the Horizon League in three categories â€” points (12.2 ppg, 7th), free throw percentage (81.5%, 3rd)?and blocked shots (26, 5th).
Loyola wraps up its regular season this week with a pair of road games, beginning with a Thursday night clash at Wright State at 6 p.m. CT.