New Orleans, La.- Keiva Council scored a game high 26 points as Loyola University New Orleans downed the University of Mobile 85-65 in women’s basketball Thursday night in The Den.
The Wolfpack held a three point advantage at the break before Mobile’s Morgan Melancon tied the game with one of her five three pointers in the game. Loyola responded with eight unanswered including a pair of field goals and a free throw from Jasmine Brewer.
The Wolfpack lead grew to 11 points at the 14:23 mark with a three pointer from Jackie Padilla, who finished with 10 points on the evening.
The Lady Rams whittled away the Loyola margin to six points with 10:25 to play on a fast break bucket by Alyssa Lane. The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes before Loyola outscored Mobile 27-13 over the last 8:44 of the game.
It was the sixth time this season that Council has scored 20 or more points in a game. The Houston native was 8 for 17 from the field and 8 of 9 from the charity stripe.
Jasmine Brewer also had a big night adding 20 points of her own, 18 in the second half. Brewer, who also hails from Houston, was 9 of 12 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. It was the fifth time this season and third time in four games that she has scored 20 or more points. Amy Moody came off the bench for 12 points to round out the leaders for the Wolfpack (14-8, 3-3 SSAC).
For Mobile (12-7, 3-3 SSAC), Melancon was the leading scorer as she finished with 18. Adirenne Mackay had a double double 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday against Spring Hill College with tip off in The Den slated for 3 p.m. Saturday’s game will be a part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) Project that uses Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. The JBS Project highlights more than 90 games this season between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.
Loyola will also honor its 2011 Hall of Fame class at halftime of the men’s game which is slated for 5 p.m.
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