(Frankfort, Ky.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team will take on No. 3 seed Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) in the second round of NAIA National Championship action on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. CDT in the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Wolf Pack (22-11) defeated No. 7 seed Georgetown College of Kentucky, 87-80 last evening to advance to the next round of tournament play. The game marked the Wolf Pack’s first National Tournament victory since 2008. Senior Jasmine Brewer and junior Megan Whittaker paced the Pack with 17 points apiece. Brewer advanced to fourth place on the Loyola all-time individual career scoring list, surpassing Trenell Smith. She secured the boards for the Wolf Pack, pulling down nine rebounds, and is two boards shy of becoming Loyola’s all-time individual career rebounding leader. Brewer is leading the Pack in average points (13.64), rebounds (7.91) and steals (1.73) per game.
Junior Janeicia Neely and freshman Kylah Jones posted points in double figures, turning in 10 and 12 respectively. Neely commands the assist effort for Loyola, dishing out an average 4.27 assists per contest.
The Saints (27-4) edged Talladega College, 97-94 in their first game of the tournament. Junior Courtney Bayliss paved the way for the Saints victory, notching 29 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist. She is the scoring leader for the Saints, averaging 14.13 per game. Junior Electra Roberts and senior Ornela Bacchini added 17 points each, while Bacchini led the rebounding effort for Our Lady of the Lake with nine boards. Bacchini is averaging 6.55 rebounds a night.
This will be the second time in program history that the Wolf Pack women will take on the Saints. Loyola leads the all-time series with Our Lady of the Lake, 1-0, after defeating the Saints, 64-45 on Nov. 5, 2010.
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.