Defense propels Loyola women past Mobile

Wed, 03/03/2010

New Orleans, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team held the University of Mobile to 30 percent shooting and caused 28 turnovers as they won the GCAC Tournament quarterfinal match-up 75-48 on Wednesday night at The Den.

Loyola (19-10) never trailed in the contest, holding Mobile to only two baskets as they took an early 18-5 lead at the 8:27 mark. The Wolfpack’s advantage grew to 23 in the period and went into the break up 36-16.

Mobile (17-12) was never able to get any closer than 16 points as Loyola cruised to an easy victory.

Keiva Council led the way for Loyola with a game-high 18 points. Council also had seven of the Wolfpack’s 22 assists. Trenese Smith finished with 12 points and Libby Collyer had her first double-double with career-highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“I thought Libby played great tonight,” said Loyola head coach Kellie Kennedy. “She had a great first half that opened a lot of things up for us. To have a post inside that can score is what we've needed. The fact that she was able to do that for us and step up was big.”

The Lady Rams were led by Alyscia Jordan with 10 points. Morgan Crawford, Adrienne Mackay, and Alice Honnery had eight points each. Honnery led with eight rebounds and five blocks.

Early in the game, a three by Crawford cut the Wolfpack lead in half at 6-3, but Loyola then held Mobile scoreless over the next eight minutes as they reeled off 12 straight points.

Later in the half, Loyola’s advantage grew to 21 when Molly Emig found Council for a three to make the score 26-5 with less than six minutes remaining. Mobile closed out the half outscoring the Wolfpack 11-10.

In the second period, Council made the score 41-21 as Loyola would lead by at least 20 the rest of the way. The lead grew to as much as thirty before closing out the game with a convincing 75-48 victory.

“We were able to build a nice cushion in the first half that took some of the wind out of their sails and we were able to continue that in the second half,” added Coach Kennedy. “Kevia played well with seven assists. It was total team effort and our challenge right now is to put two games back to back.”

Loyola finished the game shooting 45 percent (27-of-60) from the field. They held a slim 47-44 advantage on the boards and out scored the Lady Rams 35-12 on points off turnovers. The ‘Pack recorded 19 steals with Emig and Amy Sprout leading with four a piece.

Loyola will face the winner of SUNO vs. LSU-Shreveport, whose game has been moved back to 9:30 P.M. tonight, in the semifinals on Friday night. If LSUS wins, Loyola heads to Shreveport, but if SUNO upsets the Lady Pilots, then Loyola would host the game at The Den.

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