Loyola women’s hoops falls to Tulane in exhibition

Mon, 01/07/2013

(New Orleans, La) Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team fell to Tulane University 81-41 in an exhibition game Monday night in Devlin Fieldhouse.

The Wolf Pack led in the opening moments of the contest as a Shayne Charles layup off an assist from Janeicia Neely gave Loyola a 2-0 lead. Whitney Bibbins answered on the ensuing possession with a jumper at the 19:10 mark to tie the score. Neither team scored over the next two minutes until Bibbins put the Wave up 4-2 with a layup.

Over the next three minutes, Tulane extended the margin to 11 capped by a Jamie Kaplan layup to make the score 14-3. Loyola cut the advantage to seven points on two different occasions in the first half, the last came at 5:25 with a Neely jumper making the score 29-22. The Green Wave outscored the Wolf Pack 14-4 to close out the period to take a 42-26 lead at the break. The margin grew in the second half as Tulane outscored Loyola 38-15 over the final 20 minutes.

Charles led the Wolf Pack with 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.  Neely finished with nine points and had a team high four assists.

Tulane had three players in double figures with Bibbins leading the way with 12. Adesuwa Ebomwonyi and Brittany McDonald each came off the bench to score 10 points apiece.

The Green Wave forced the Pack into 29 turnovers, while committing only 13 and enjoyed a 41-29 rebounding advantage. Tulane shot 47.1% from the field and held Loyola to 34.0% shooting. The Wave converted 14 of 16 from the free throw line for a 87.5% clip. Loyola was 6 of 10 from the line (60.0%). Both teams made 23.1% of three point attempts.

Loyola (5-8) returns to action on Thursday against William Carey University. Tip off in The Den is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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