(Blue Mountain, Miss.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team reached five consecutive wins, the longest active winning streak in the SSAC along with the University of Mobile, with an 85-48 win over Blue Mountain College in Wilfred C. Tyler Gymnasium Thursday evening.
The Wolf Pack (11-6, 5-2 SSAC) had three players in double figures, led by senior Jasmine Brewer who tallied a season-high 21 points, one rebound and one assist. Freshman Meghan Temple notched her first career three-point shot en route to scoring 14 points and collected four boards. She went five for seven from the field and bucketed three of four foul shots. Junior Janeicia Neely chipped in with 12 points and pulled down two rebounds. Loyola collectively shot 57.4% from the field while Blue Mountain (6-7, 3-4 SSAC) went 21 for 57.
The teams tied twice and Loyola allowed a mere three-point Toppers lead before pulling away early in the first half. Their largest lead of the game came through Temple’s long shot from behind the arc to put the Pack up 80-40 with 5:19 remaining in the game. Although the Toppers led the rebounding effort 33-30, they committed 19 turnovers and failed to sink a single shot attempted from three-point range.
Following Blue Mountain’s three-point lead, Loyola quickly silenced the Toppers as junior Megan Whittaker nailed a three-point shot to tie it at 10 with 14:49 to go in the first. Brewer went 1-1 from the foul line on Loyola’s next scoring play to spark a nine-point run for the Pack. The senior captain capped the run with a field goal to make it 19-10 at the 12:15 mark.
The Toppers managed to reduce the Loyola lead to seven when freshman Kristen Milewski popped in two free throws with 11 and a half minutes in the first, but Whittaker answered with another three to extend the Loyola advantage to double digits. The Wolf Pack entered the locker room with a 40-21 edge over the Toppers at the break.
Brewer had an explosive second half for the Pack, scoring 13 of her 21 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Junior Callie McNally opened offensive action in the second half with a field goal with Brewer following up with a bucket to increase the Loyola lead just 10 seconds into the second half. Blue Mountain sophomore Kati Prince completed a pair of free throws to make it a 44-25 game and hand Loyola their lowest lead of the half, but the Toppers failed to find momentum as the Pack followed up with an eight-point scoring streak. Blue Mountain came up with a six-point run of their own following Temple’s three, but failed to halt Loyola’s offense as the Wolf Pack went on to secure the 85-48 win.
Junior Anna Brooke Page fueled the Toppers offense with 16 points. Prince commanded the home team’s rebounding effort with nine boards.
The Wolf Pack will return to The Den after a four-game road swing to host Martin Methodist in another conference contest on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.