Loyola women’s basketball drops season opener to UL-Lafayette

Wed, 10/30/2013

(Lafayette, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team fell short to the University of Louisiana Lafayette in a 65-77 exhibition loss at Earl K. Long Gym to open the 2013-14 season.

The Wolf Pack trailed by just one point at the end of a close first half. Their largest lead came through a three-point shot from freshman Caroline Gonzalez off a dish by junior Janeicia Neely to put the Pack up 30-26 with 5:22 remaining. Loyola found themselves down four points with two minutes left, but a layup from freshman Meghan Temple off another feed from Neely followed by a made free throw from Temple closed the half at 41-40 in favor of the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Loyola wouldn’t lead for the rest of the game as UL capitalized on Wolf Pack miscues, converting multiple Loyola turnovers into 16 points in the second half. The Pack went just eight for 27 recording a 29.6 field goal percentage in comparison to 61.9% field goals made in the first.

Neely paced the offense with 19 points and two assists, going three for three from the foul line. She tallied six defensive rebounds for a productive all-around performance. Temple followed suit, recording 14 points, 10 boards and one assist. Senior Jasmine Brewer went four for five in the paint and three for five from the line, chipping in 11 points and securing two rebounds.

Sophomore Sylvana Okde steadied the offense for UL, turning in 26 points, two rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Keke Veal contributed 19 points, four rebounds and one assist.

The Wolf Pack will open the regular season in home action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they host Lyon College at 2 p.m. in The Den.

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