Rome, Ga.- Keiva Council had a game high 33 points as Loyola University New Orleans defeated Shorter University 74-64 Thursday afternoon in Southern States Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament.
Loyola led 41-38 at the half and extended the margin to five points early in the period with a pair of free throws by Jasmine Brewer. After a bucket by Shorter’s Kellie Ellison, Brewer again pushed the lead up to five with a bucket at the 18:26 mark.
Shorter responded with a 13-2 run over the next six minutes and was capped by a pair of free throws by Ellison to give the Hawks a 53-47 lead with 12:04 to play.
The Wolfpack rallied to retake the advantage with 8:51 to play with a three pointer by Amy Moody. Ashley Harris answered for SU with a long range jumper at the other end to give the Hawks their final lead of the contest. Another Loyola three ball, this one by Molly Emig, gave the Wolfpack a one point advantage that they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Brewer gave LU their first double digit margin on the afternoon with a pair of free throws with 48 seconds remaining. Moody extended the lead on the next possession to 12 points, the largest of the game, with 19 seconds to play. The Wolfpack converted 9 of 10 free throws in the last 1:56 to secure the win.
Council led Loyola (19-11) with a game high 33 points with 23 coming in the first half. It was the third time this season that Council has scored 30 or more points in a game. Brewer had her fifth double double of her career as she scored 20 points and grabbed a game high 10 rebounds. LU is the second seed from the West division.
For Shorter (24-7), Damisha Moore had 15 points and Ellison finished with 12 to round out the leaders. The Hawks were the third seed out of the East division and are currently ranked 25th in the latest NAIA poll.
Loyola returns to action on Friday against Lee tip off is slated for 1 p.m. central time. The Lady Flames are the top seed out of the East and are currently ranked 11th in the latest NAIA poll.
For more information on Wolfpack athletics, please see http://wolfpack.loyno.edu.
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