CHICAGO, Il (CBS19 SPORTS)-- The UVA women's basketball team returned to action in inspiring fashion as they came back from behind to take down Loyola 68-62.

Women's basketball was the first team to return to competition following the death of UVA football players Lavel Davis Jr., D'Sean Perry and Devin Chandler. Both teams took a moment of silence to honor the victims beforehand. The team also wore each of the victim's numbers on their warm up jerseys.

While the team debated whether to go forward with the game head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said they met and decided that the best thing to do was to compete in honor of Davis Jr., Perry and Chandler.

"I just told them how incredibly proud I am and our family is something special, I love this family," Coach Mox said.

"I just told them it took a lot of courage for them to come out and play and to band together like that and fight through adversity, I just couldn't be more proud than I am and I just told them I love them. I told each and everyone there was a lot of tears in there, a lot of us were shedding tears. Coaches afterwards and staff, we were all hugging the players and just letting them know they're not alone, that we love them, we love this family, we're going to get through this together. It's not going to be a flip of the switch, but we're going to get through this together."

UVA got on the board just 5 seconds into the game with a shot from Kaydan Lawson but it would be slow for the 'Hoos from there. The Ramblers lead most of the 1st quarter and would close with a buzzer beater 3 from Maya Chandler to extend the lead 22-17.

Loyola started the 3rd quarter strong but the 'Hoos began making their comeback as Valladay shot back to back layups tying the game. The Illinois native would go on to score 11 points in the 3rd to help lift the Hoos.

A 4th quarter shot from Kaydan Lawson would give the 'Hoos the 5 point lead. A lead they wouldn't give up as UVA held on for the 68-62 win.