(Montgomery, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team earned their first Southern States Athletic Conference victory of the season in a 57-50 win over Auburn University Montgomery on Saturday afternoon in the Physical Education Complex.
The Wolf Pack (3-2, 1-1 SSAC) would not allow an AUM lead for the entire game. Senior Jasmine Brewer jump started the scoring effort for Loyola, opening the contest with a three-pointer. The Pack earned their largest margin of the half with 4:29 on the clock off a made field goal by junior Janeicia Neely. The Warhawks managed to slightly close the gap at the end of the first 20 minutes of play following a foul on sophomore Shayne Charles. Junior Sasha Robinson completed two free throws to cut the Loyola advantage to single digits at 29-20 with 1:56 left. A Neely fastbreak layup gave the Pack a 31-20 lead at the half.
Loyola soared to a 43-20 advantage as a product of a three-point play by junior Rebekah Greer with just under 15 minutes of play remaining. The Warhawks rallied, finding themselves down by just two points culminating with a field goal from senior Katie Williams with 3:53 left to play. The Pack defense allowed just four additional AUM points the rest of the way en route to the seven point victory.
Neely posted 14 points for the Pack and added three rebounds, three steals and one assist to the victory. Junior Megan Whittaker tallied 12 points, pulled down six boards and notched three assists and two steals. Brewer recorded nine points in the win while Charles tabbed eight, going two for four from three-point range and a perfect two for two from the line.
Williams paced the Warhawks’ offense, contributing 24 points to their scoring effort. Junior Shanice Burnette turned in 11 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Wolf Pack will return to The Den on Friday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. versus the College of Coastal Georgia and Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 3 p.m. contest with Southern Polytechnic State University.