(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team earned an edge to start the second half after trailing by one to end the first, but allowed a Southern University New Orleans run to close the game as the Wolf Pack fell to the Knights 63-70 Friday night in The Den.
The Wolf Pack (6-5) entered the locker room at a 32-33 deficit, but opened the second half with a six-point run. Junior Megan Whittaker earned Loyola their largest lead of the second half with a field goal at the 17:22 mark, bringing the Pack up 38-33.
Sophomore Victoria Davis answered for the Knights (3-2) with two points on the next possession. Another Davis two-point play with 11:12 remaining gave SUNO a 47-46 advantage. A made bucket by senior Jasmine Brewer evened the playing field at 48 apiece, but the Wolf Pack failed to earn another lead for the rest of the contest.
Loyola struggled to make a second half stop when they needed it most, allowing their opponent to collect eight offensive rebounds in the final 20 minutes of action. Despite cutting the Knights’ lead to one following a field goal from redshirt freshman Briana Oglesby with less than two minutes on the clock, the Pack allowed SUNO to score six consecutive points en route to the 70-63 victory.
In the first half, SUNO opened scoring in the game with a three-point shot from Davis, but Loyola responded quickly, tying the contest at 3-3 with a free throw from freshman Meghan Temple. Temple earned the Pack their first lead of the night on her second made foul shot, but the score would even up three more times before Loyola captured another advantage.
The Pack secured their largest lead of the game in the middle of the first off a layup from junior Rebekah Greer, bringing Loyola up by eight at 22-14. The Knights chipped away at the Loyola lead through the remainder of the half. The first of two free throws from junior Breanna Wiley tied up the score at 32 with 0:53, the second made from the line handing the Knights a one-point lead to close the half.
Freshman Kylah Jones paced the scoring effort for the Pack with 14 points. Junior Janeicia Neely added 11 points and a team best five assists. She tallied two steals, earning her 100th career takeaway. Brewer ended the night with a double double, posting 10 points and collecting a team-high 10 rebounds. She led the Pack in steals with three. Temple chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.
Two SUNO women earned double doubles on the evening. Junior Brandy Broome contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds while senior Sabrina Scott notched 12 points and 10 boards. Additionally, Broome earned team-highs in assists (6) and steals (5). Davis boosted the Knights offense with 17 points. SUNO received votes in the 2013-2014 NAIA Division 1 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The Wolf Pack will travel across the road for an exhibition game versus the Tulane Green Wave on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.