(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans trailed by as many as 12 points and rallied to tie the score late in the game, but it was not enough as Auburn University Montgomery downed the Wolf Pack 45-40 in women’s basketball Thursday evening in The Den.
Down 31-20 with 18:49 left in the game, Loyola went on an 11-0 run spearheaded by Janeicia Neely. The sophomore point guard contributed on all Wolf Pack field goals during the rally. Neely hit a three pointer to spark the run and added two other field goals and two assists.
Later, the Warhawks extended the advantage to five points on two separate occasions over the next five minutes. Loyola tied the game for the last time with 4:48 to play with a bucket from Neely.
Psachal Maize broke the tie by scoring five unanswered points, including a three-point play with 3:03 left. After another Neely jumper, Loyola went scoreless over the final 2:36 as the Warhawks held on for the five point victory.
Maize led all scorers with 15 points for AUM (17-5, 10-2). LaKenya Drayton added 12 points and a team high eight rebounds. AUM is ranked 24th in the latest NAIA poll.
For Loyola (8-12, 5-7), Neely paced the Pack with 13 points, 11 coming in the second half. She also had a game high five assists. Jasmine Brewer had her sixth double double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Brewer scored 10 points in the first half to keep the Wolf Pack close.
The two teams were nearly equal in team statistics on the evening. Loyola had 19 turnovers, compared to 17 for AUM. The Pack converted 35.2% from the field, 16.7% from distance, and 50% from the free throw line. The Warhawks made 34% from the field, 14.3% from three point range and 55.5% from the charity stripe. Loyola outrebounded AUM 36-35 on the evening.
The Wolf Pack returns to action on Saturday against William Carey (7-12, 3-9) with tip off in Hattiesburg set for 5 p.m. Loyola is tied for fifth place in the SSAC West Division with Spring Hill. The Lady Saders are in seventh place in the SSAC West.