CLEVELAND, Ga. - Senior Rachael Nolan had a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds as the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team bounced back to knock off Truett-McConnell, 69-61, on Saturday afternoon at the Bears’ Den.
Loyola maintained control in the first period and used an 8-0 run to close out the half, taking a 37-23 lead at the break. Truett-McConnell was able to come as close as five points late in the game, but the Wolfpack would hold on for the eight-point victory.
Loyola (5-1) dominated play inside, outscoring Truett-McConnell 42-6 in the paint. The ‘Pack also won the battle of the boards, 50-32, which included 18 offensive rebounds.
Nolan, who came into the game ranked 11th in the SSAC at 14 points per game, led the Wolfpack with a season-high 19 points. The senior forward shot 62 percent from the field (8 of 13) and was one rebound shy of recording her second double-double of the early season.
Senior Keiva Council and sophomore Molly Emig added 10 points each for Loyola. Freshman Jasmine Brewer chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds.
In the game, LU pushed their lead to 21-16 following a bucket by Emig with less than eight minutes left in the first half.
Sophomore Megen Berner scored the next four points for Loyola to put the score at 25-20 before the ‘Pack closed out the stanza with a 12-3 run.
The Lady Bears opened up the second half with the first eight points before a field goal by LU’s Jackie Padilla made the score 39-31.
Midway through the second-half, Berner found Council for a basket to give Loyola their largest lead of the day, 52-36.
Truett-McConnell made a late comeback, cutting the deficit to five points with 1:36 left. On the ensuing possession, Padilla nailed a three to make the final score 69-61.
LU finished the day shooting 39 percent (28 of 72) from the floor while holding TMC to 33 percent (17 of 51). The Lady Bears hit seven three-pointers in the game.
Truett-McConnell (1-3) was led by Maryam Kirk with 14 points. Kelsey Montgomery added 13 points while Jasmine Butler finished with 10.
Loyola returns to action on Monday, Nov. 22, when they host Wiley College at 7 p.m. at The Den.