Loyola women’s basketball trumps Dillard

Mon, 12/30/2013

(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team upended Dillard University 89-40 in The Den Monday evening. The Wolf Pack scored 13 straight points to open the second half and secure the win.

The Wolf Pack (7-6) held the Bleu Devils (0-5) to just 12 points in a dominant final 20 minutes for Loyola. Senior Jasmine Brewer opened second half scoring for the Pack, converting a Dillard turnover committed by freshman Keona Favis into a breakaway layup. Brewer’s bucket sparked a 13-0 run for the home team. Dillard’s first point of the half came through a made free throw from junior Kierrariel Mitchell with 14:43 left to play and the Bleu Devils trailing 29-56.

Loyola strung together another 13-point streak starting with a foul shot made by sophomore Cassidy Eymard to put the score at 66-33 in favor of the Pack with 9:06 remaining. Redshirt freshman Briana Oglesby’s second free throw capped the Loyola run, followed by a Dillard field goal from freshman Jalisa Swift to make it 78-35 with less than four minutes to play.

A three-point shot from Loyola junior Alexis Ambeau earned the Wolf Pack a gaping 49-point lead, their largest advantage of the game, with 50 seconds on the clock. Sophomore Tyler Thompson sunk two free throws to complete the 89-40 victory.

Brewer tallied a team-high 15 points for the Wolf Pack and matched sophomore Shayne Charles’ top rebounding effort with nine boards, a career and season best for Charles on the glass. Additionally, Brewer led the Loyola defense, capturing four steals. Junior Megan Whittaker turned in 14 points, while Charles and junior Janeicia Neely added 13 points apiece. Neely and junior Callie McNally tallied five assists each to aid the Wolf Pack offense. McNally collected eight rebounds, pulling down six on the offensive side. Loyola completed 83.3% of shots taken from the free throw line and 42.9% attempted from the field.

Swift turned in the top scoring effort for the Bleu Devils, recording nine points. Fellow freshman Shantrell Lumar snatched seven rebounds for Dillard. Junior Brittany Smith notched a team best four assists.

Dillard junior Keylantra Taylor got the ball rolling for the Bleu Devils with a field goal to start the game. Whittaker answered with a Wolf Pack three-pointer, her first of four made from behind the arch on the evening. The Bleu Devils pulled ahead 6-5 at the 16:40 mark as junior Darnetta Jackson notched a field goal, but following a three-pointer from Neely, Loyola led the rest of the way. Loyola’s largest lead of the half occurred at the foul line as freshman Jackie Anderson nailed two free throws, making it a 32-11 game with 8:21 to play. The Wolf Pack went 11 for 11 from the line in the first half.

With tonight’s victory, Loyola swept the 2013-14 season series with Dillard, 2-0. They improved to 18-19 in the overall series, taking 11 out of 12 matchups versus the Bleu Devils while under head coach Kellie Kennedy.

The Wolf Pack will travel to Texas on Saturday, Jan. 4 for a 4:30 p.m. contest versus the University of St. Thomas-Houston.

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