(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans junior Jasmine Brewer scored a game high 20 points and equaled her career high with 16 rebounds as the Wolf Pack defeated St. Thomas-Houston 74-59 Saturday afternoon in The Den.
Loyola never trailed as sophomore Rebekah Greer hit a three pointer on the first possession for the Wolf Pack. The lead quickly grew to double digits as freshman Cassidy Eymard’s field goal with 13:03 left in the first half gave Loyola a 15-5 lead.
The Wolf Pack enjoyed their largest lead of 19 points three times in the contest. The last came with 2:58 remaining in the first half. Brewer hit a shot in the paint off a feed from Greer to make it 36-17. The teams went to the break with Loyola leading 41-26.
In the second half, the Celts opened the stanza with a 15-6 run to cut the Pack margin to six points. Her’shira Boone-Rodgers converted a shot with 12:53 left in regulation to make it 47-41.
The Celts kept the Loyola lead within single digits for the next four minutes before sophomore Callie McNally converted a free throw to push it to 55-45 Wolf Pack. St. Thomas never threatened the rest of the way as Loyola captured the victory.
“One of our big keys going into this game was rebounding. We were able to clear the lane on the defensive end. Offensively, we wanted to get second chances and we were able to do that by getting 24 offensive rebounds. I was proud of the way we rebounded after making a point of it in practice leading up to this game,” said Loyola head coach Kellie Kennedy.
It was the third double double on the season for Brewer, who also grabbed 16 rebounds in Loyola’s last game. The Houston native collected 12 on the offensive end. Megan Berner added 14 points and Shayne Charles had 10 points off the bench. Greer had seven points and a game high seven assists. Loyola (3-3) outrebounded the Celts 58-29, including a 24-7 advantage on the offensive end.
For St. Thomas (3-4), Gaby Guzman and Amber Arceneaux-Francis each had 14 points to lead the Celts.
Loyola returns to action on Friday in a conference match up against Lee University. Tip off in Cleveland, Tennessee is slated for 5:30 p.m.
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