Last-second comeback thwarted as AUM edges out LU, 51-50

Sat, 02/19/2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Jasmine Brewer scored 16 of her 20 points in the second half, but the Wolfpack women's basketball team fell just short, losing to Auburn University-Montgomery, 51-50.

Keiva Council finished one rebound shy of a double-double, as she scored 14 points and led all players with nine rebounds and six assists. Molly Emig added nine points for the ‘Pack.

Loyola (17-10, 5-5 SSAC) started off strongly, pulling ahead 14-8 off of a Council layup halfway through the first half. AUM (12-15, 4-6 SSAC) chipped away at LU’s lead, though, and pulled ahead by two on a Courtney Thacker put-back two seconds before halftime to give AUM a 21-19 lead at the break.

The game was back-and-forth in the early going of the second half until the ‘Pack scored seven unanswered points 7:51 into the half to take the 39-32 lead. AUM responded with an 9-2 run to tie the game up at 41 with 5:57 to play.

With the game tied, Kamesha Strong and Rachel Cunningham each hit a field goal to give AUM the 49-45 edge. Emig hit the last of her three three-pointers of the game with 1:29 left to bring the game back within one.

Up one with two seconds on the clock, AUM’s Haley McIntyre missed the first of a one-and-one free throw attempt, and LU’s Amy Moody nabbed the rebound. A half-court inbounds attempt was broken up, and time expired on the Wolfpack’s comeback attempt.

After the game, Council was recognized as having scored over 1000 points in her career. She currently ranks as LU’s eighth leading scorer all-time.

Loyola returns to action on Feb. 24 in its final home game of the season against William Carey. Rachael Nolan will be honored as the sole graduating senior on this year’s Senior Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in The Den.

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