(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team dropped their second consecutive regular season contest to Southern University New Orleans, falling 55-64 to the Knights in The Castle Saturday afternoon.
The Wolf Pack’s (6-6) only lead of the game occurred early in the first half, as Loyola started the second period of play trailing the Knights (5-2) 23-35. SUNO gained their largest edge over Loyola less than a minute into the second half through a made field goal from sophomore Victoria Davis. The Pack began to chip away at the Knights’ lead, stringing together a nine-point run which ended on a two-point shot from junior Rebekah Greer. Loyola held the Knights to a single-digit lead through the next six minutes, but the Knights regained a double-digit edge as Davis sunk two free throws at the 8:59 mark. The Wolf Pack managed to cut the SUNO lead down to nine as Greer completed one of two from the line with just one second remaining on the clock. As time expired, the Knights earned a 64-55 victory.
Loyola started the game with a five-point run as junior Megan Whittaker nailed a three-point shot, followed by two free throws from senior Jasmine Brewer. SUNO responded quickly with a run of their own as the Knights secured their first lead of the game when junior Brandy Broome turned in a bucket to make it 7-5 with 15:37 left in the first half. The Wolf Pack tied it up at seven apiece with a Janeicia Neely field goal, but failed to earn a lead for the rest of the afternoon. The Knights’ senior Sabrina Scott assisted her team in sailing to a 16-point advantage, their largest lead of the first half, as she knocked down a two-point shot with 3:09 to play. Entering the locker room, SUNO topped Loyola 35-23.
Brewer was the only Wolf Pack player to tally points in double digits, pacing her squad with 17 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. Freshman Meghan Temple led the rebounding effort with 10 boards and added two blocks. Greer and freshman Kylah Jones assisted the offense, recording seven points apiece. Greer earned a team high three assists. Loyola shot 66.7% from the free throw line, but completed just 26.7% of shots taken from the field.
Broome commanded the Knights, tallying 23 points, nine rebounds, nine steals, five assists and one block. Davis joined her in double digits in scoring with 18 points. Scott collected 13 rebounds off the glass and posted five blocks.
The Loyola women will close 2013 with a 5:30 p.m. matchup on Dec. 30 versus Dillard University in The Den.