(Frankfort, Ky.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament with a 72-67 victory over No. 3 seed and No. 9 ranked Our Lady of the Lake. The Wolf Pack will face the fifth seed in the their bracket, No. 19 ranked John Brown University of Arkansas, on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. CDT. This is the second time in program history that the Wolf Pack has advanced past the second round of tournament action.
Two members of the Wolf Pack (23-11) had career nights for Loyola. Junior Megan Whittaker notched a career-high eight three-pointers en route to scoring a team-best 24 points for the Pack. Whittaker went eight for 19 from long distance, setting a new NAIA Tournament record by surpassing Minnesota-Duluth’s Kelli Ritzer’s 18 three-point attempts in 1991.
Senior Jasmine Brewer topped the Loyola all-time individual career rebounding list with her second board of the evening and tabbed six on the night. Brewer added 15 points, one assist and one steal to the victory. The senior paces the Pack in average points (13.68), rebounds (7.85) and steals (1.71) per game.
Juniors Rebekah Greer and Janeicia Neely posted double figures, turning in 11 and 12 points respectively. Neely paced the assist effort for her squad with seven helpers and leads the team in that category, averaging 4.35 per game.
The Golden Eagles (27-7) slipped past top seeded No. 1 ranked Vanguard, 62-61 to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Sierra Shipley guided her squad to victory with a team-high 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. She paces the Golden Eagles in average points (15.97), rebounds (6.59) and steals (1.65) per game. Sophomore Brooke Barker, junior Lauren Rogers and senior Kortni Barenberg added points in double digits. Senior Kami Garrison extended John Brown’s season by sinking the game-winning free throw for the Golden Eagles.
The last time Loyola reached the quarterfinals was on March 21, 2008 following victories over Westminster College and Point Loma Nazarene University. The meeting with John Brown marks the first in Loyola women’s basketball history.
The first 30 games of the national championship will be video streamed live on NAIA.org. Fans can watch with a paid subscription. For more information, visit http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27900&&ATCLID=205423235. The NAIA holds exclusive broadcast rights for the national championship and no other video streaming is allowed. The national championship final on March 25 will air at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN3 online.