(Franklin Springs, Ga.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team notched their third consecutive win with a 67-51 victory over #23 Emmanuel College Friday afternoon at the Williamson Basketball Arena.
The Wolf Pack (9-6, 3-2 SSAC) narrowly outscored the Lions (11-4, 3-2 SSAC) 25-20 in the first half, but managed to pull away in the second, allowing just 31 Lions points in the final 20 minutes of play while scoring 42 of their own. Senior Jasmine Brewer put up two points in the paint with 12:35 remaining in the second half to spark a six-point run for the Wolf Pack. Freshman Kylah Jones capped the run, shooting for two from underneath, making it a 38-26 game at the 11:47 mark.
A back and forth scoring battle ensued until sophomore Shayne Charles helped the Pack to a comfortable 15-point lead, converting an Emmanuel turnover into a pair of Wolf Pack points. Loyola’s largest lead of the game came through a three-point play from Brewer with 1:39 on the clock following a foul committed by Emmanuel junior Ashley Skelton.
Multiple Wolf Pack players tallied points in double digits as the win showcased a true team effort. Brewer turned in 13 points and collected seven rebounds to carry the Pack to victory. Freshman Kylah Jones contributed 12 points and four assists, while Charles and juniors Callie McNally and Janeicia Neely tabbed 11 points apiece. McNally and junior Megan Whittaker collected four rebounds each. Charles and junior Rebekah Greer both nabbed two steals.
Senior Kristina Keeble ignited the Lions’ scoring effort with 12 points, going six for nine from the field. Sophomore Molly Glaze added 10 points and a team best four assists to the Emmanuel offense. Senior Joreshica Martin pulled down six rebounds, receiving help from juniors Skelton and Michelle Wynn who individually secured five rebounds.
Loyola led by no more than five points throughout the first half. The Wolf Pack found themselves trailing 9-14 following a three-point shot from Emmanuel sophomore Molly Glaze with 8:27 to play in the first. Back to back scoring plays from McNally and freshman Meghan Temple brought the Wolf Pack within one until McNally posted two more points for the Pack to hand them a 15-14 lead with 6:18 left in the half. The Wolf Pack would not allow a Lions lead for the remainder of the game and entered the locker room up 25-20.
The Wolf Pack victory over Emmanuel marks the third time Loyola defeated a top 25 team this season. Earlier this year, the Pack defeated #24 Lyon College and #20 Southern Polytechnic State University.
Loyola will continue their travels to Central, S.C. tomorrow, Jan. 11, for a 2:00 p.m. conference tilt with Southern Wesleyan in the Historic Tysinger Gymnasium.