(New Orleans, La.) Alisha Gentry had a season high 24 points as #12 Bethel University defeated Loyola University New Orleans 72-61 in women’s basketball Monday afternoon in The Den.
In a game that saw 12 lead changes, neither team enjoyed a double digit advantage for the first 37 minutes of the contest. Loyola enjoyed their largest lead of the second half with 10:30 to play with a three pointer from Janeicia Neely to make the score 53-47. Bethel responded with an 8-0 run culminating with a Katie VanDyke three pointer at the 9:33 mark to make it 55-53 Wildcats.
Neely tied the game with a jumper on the next Pack possession, but Perica Glenn converted a pair of free throws after grabbing an offensive board to put BU back on top. Loyola answered with a Callie McNally bucket to tie the game for the seventh time on the afternoon. Another VanDyke field goal sparked a 15-4 run for the Wildcats over the final 7:37 en route to the win.
Gentry attempted 31 shots, converting on 11 of those attempts. Jasmine Taylor added 17 points and Glenn came off the bench for the double double 10 points and 14 rebounds with 11 boards on the offensive end. The Wildcats (12-2) are ranked 12th in the latest NAIA poll.
For Loyola (3-8), Rebekah Greer had a career high 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting from the field. Jasmine Brewer had 16 points and Neely added 11. Megen Berner grabbed a team high 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats enjoyed a 52-42 rebounding advantage over the Wolf Pack, including a 20-10 margin on the offensive end. Bethel shot 37.5% from the field, 21.9% in three point attempts and 62.5% from the charity stripe. Loyola converted 35.1% from the field, 27.3% from distance and 66.7% from the free throw line. The Wolf Pack converted 57.1% of free throws in the second half after shooting a perfect 6 of 6 in the opening stanza.
Loyola returns to action on January 4th against Truett-McConnell in a conference match-up slated for 5:30 p.m. in The Den.
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