(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team tallied their third consecutive win with a 77-62 victory over Dillard University in Dent Hall Saturday evening.
Following a dominant first half, the Wolf Pack (5-3) remained strong throughout the second. Loyola held a commanding lead for the majority of the game, the largest advantage coming through a field goal by senior Jasmine Brewer off a Bleu Devils (0-4) turnover, putting the score at 63-34 in favor of the Pack with 11:42 on the clock in the second half. Dillard managed to reduce the Wolf Pack lead by 12 points following a three point shot from freshman Jalisa Swift to make it a 72-55 game at the 5:25 mark, but the Bleu Devils couldn’t sustain a final push for points as two made free throws from junior Janeicia Neely closed the game and sealed the deal for the Pack.
Junior Megan Whittaker opened scoring in the first 20 minutes of play, sinking a three in the first 50 seconds of the contest. The Pack rolled to a 39-16 lead at the conclusion of a thirteen point run with 2:18 remaining in the first. Loyola entered the locker room with a comfortable 41-24 edge over the Bleu Devils.
Brewer and freshman Meghan Temple led the scoring effort for the Wolf Pack, recording 14 points apiece. Whittaker joined them in double digits with 11 points. Temple topped the rebounding effort with nine boards. Brewer and Neely pulled down seven rebounds each. Neely paced the Pack with a team-high six assists. Loyola sunk 55.1 percent of shots taken from the field and outrebounded Dillard 44 to 30.
The Bleu Devils’ offense was powered by sophomore Alena Evans who turned in 13 points. Freshman Julia Hendrieth tallied 11 points and notched six rebounds. Senior Brionne Brister matched Hendrieth’s rebounding effort with six of her own.
The Wolf Pack will return to The Den for their next matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 3 when they host local opponent Xavier University at 7 p.m.