(New Orleans, La) Janeicia Neely drove into the lane with 21 seconds and kicked the ball out to Rebekah Greer who drained a three pointer from the left wing to help propel Loyola University New Orleans to a 64-61 victory over William Carey University Thursday night in The Den.
Loyola started the game on a 7-0 run thanks to Neely who scored five and dished to Shayne Charles for the other basket in the run. The lead ballooned to 11 early in the second half, but the Crusaders went on a 13-4 run to cut the lead to two with 8:38 remaining in the game. A quick 4-0 spurt gave William Carey their first lead with 5:58 remaining in the game. They held that lead until Charles hit for three of her 17 points to tie the contest with 2:22 left. Lauren Douglas then scored two points after a scramble with 37 seconds left to put William Carey up two before Greer’s big three pointer.
Greer then stole the ball from Vechatita Bonner on the Crusaders next possession and passed it to Neely who was fouled. Neely then sealed the game with two free throws with three seconds left. Haleigh Arcement attempted a desperation three pointer from midcourt as time expired but could only hit the backboard.
Loyola (6-8, 4-3) moves ahead of William Carey (7-7, 3-4) in the standings. The two teams came into the game as part of a five way tie for third place in the Western Division of the SSAC.
Greer’s three pointer was her only made field goal of the game as she went 1-8 from the field, but hit three free throws to finish with six points. Neely scored 14 points and added four assists for Loyola. Jasmine Brewer had 13 points and six rebounds.
Douglas was one of three players to score 13 points for the Crusaders as she was joined by Erin Holifield and Crystal Tucker to lead William Carey. Tucker also pulled down eight rebounds which tied for the team high with Bonner.
The Wolf Pack shot only 38% from the field but were saved by shooting 43% from behind the three point line. They jumped out to a nine point halftime lead by holding the Crusaders to 29% shooting in the stanza.
The Wolf Pack will hit to the road as they try to distance themselves from the rest of the conference. They will match up against the University of Mobile on Saturday, January 12th at 3 p.m.
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