Sister Jean stays faithful when Loyola’s Final Four run ends

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt was waiting at the hallway door when Loyola-Chicago’s frustrated, teary-eyed players left the Final Four court.

The 98-year-old nun leaned up from her wheelchair to greet each Rambler with a hug and a few consoling words — a dozen gentle versions of solace, according to the players who love her.

“She said she was proud of us,” big man Cameron Krutwig said in a wavering voice. “‘Way to leave your heart out there for Loyola. Way to make a name for yourself.’”

Loyola-Chicago’s improbable run through the NCAA Tournament ended Saturday night with a 69-57 loss to mighty Michigan . Everybody’s favorite underdog team and their No. 1 fan had a 10-point lead in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a slew of late turnovers and missed shots.

The magic that made the Ramblers into national darlings was hard to remember at the Alamodome.

Sister Jean still told her players they’ll never be forgotten.

“Sister Jean just said it was a great season,” Aundre Jackson said. “She was so happy to be on this run with us, and we should keep our heads high and be happy with what we accomplished.”

The Ramblers readily acknowledge Sister Jean has become a bigger celebrity than any player on her beloved team, and she was greeted by cheers, waves and dozens of outstretched

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