(New Orleans, La) Jasmine Brewer grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup with 1:12 seconds remaining to push Loyola’s lead back to three and Elissa VandeWaa missed a game-tying three pointer at the buzzer to allow Loyola University New Orleans to escape with a 60-57 victory over their conference foe Spring Hill College.
The Wolf Pack held a 13 point lead with 12:48 remaining in the game after Rebekah Greer hit a three pointer on a kick out from Megen Berner. However an 11-2 run over a 3 minute 10 second span by the Lady Badgers cut the lead to two with 5:39 remaining in the game. Loyola and Spring Hill traded baskets for the next couple minutes until Leah Washington hit a field goal with 1:43 left. Brewer converted the putback on the next Wolf Pack possession to give them their final margin of victory.
Brewer led the Wolf Pack in scoring with 19 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double double of the season. Berner also finished with a double-double tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was Berner’s third double double of the season. Greer finished with 16 points.
Sha Sha Buchannan led the Lady Badgers in scoring by tallying 12 points off the bench. Leah Washington also came off the bench to lead Spring Hill with 10 rebounds.
Spring Hill led by as many as five points in the opening minutes of the contest with a Twarner Witherspoon field goal at the 18:15 mark gave the Badgers a 9-4 advantage. The Wolf Pack quickly responded scoring on ensuing possessions with a jumper by Berner and Greer’s lone three pointer of the contest to tie the score at 9-9.
Later, Spring Hill enjoyed their last lead at 12:31 with a Bethany Collins three pointer to make it 21-19. Buckets by Berner and Brewer put the Wolf Pack back on top with 9:27 left in the first half. Loyola did not trail the rest of the game and took a 32-26 lead to the break.
Loyola’s defense was strong, forcing the Lady Badgers into 20 turnovers and 38% shooting. Spring Hill also shot 28% from behind the three point line. Loyola shot 36% on the night, and they limited mistakes with only 13 turnovers.
The win moved the Wolf Pack (8-9, 5-4) a half game ahead of Spring Hill (8-11, 5-5) for fourth place in the SSAC West Division. Faulkner and Auburn-Montgomery and tied for first in the SSAC West with each owning a 7-2 record in the conference.
Saturday’s matchup between Loyola University New Orleans and Spring Hill College was also a part of a nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during game casts on radio and television. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.
Loyola travels to Faulkner on Thursday, January 24 with tip off in Montgomery slated for 5:30 p.m.