Loyola women’s hoops pummels Spring Hill, 97-72

Thu, 01/30/2014

(Mobile, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team trounced Jesuit rival Spring Hill 97-72 Thursday evening in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center to earn their third straight win.

Senior Jasmine Brewer turned in a game-high 21 points to lead Loyola to victory. Brewer shot six for 10 from the field and nine for 10 from the free throw line. Additionally, the senior captain secured four rebounds. Junior Janeicia Neely recorded her first double-double of the season, turning in 17 points and matching her career-high 10 assists. Freshman Kylah Jones joined them in double figures with 11 points. Junior Callie McNally topped the rebounding effort for Loyola with eight boards. The Wolf Pack (14-7, 8-3 SSAC) has taken eight of their last nine contests.

Loyola entered the locker room with a hefty 51-30 advantage over the Badgers (5-14, 2-9 SSAC). Junior Megan Whittaker extended the lead by three with a shot from behind the arc to open the second half. The Badgers went on a five-point run with 15:55 left to play, but Jones snapped the streak with a bucket off a turnover to make it a 59-40 game.

The Badgers managed to reduce the Loyola lead to 15 at the 9:21 mark with a three-point shot by senior LaSheena Nation and again following a long shot for three by freshman Kerrie York to put the score at 68-53 with less than nine minutes to play, but each time Spring Hill struck, the Pack responded to widen the gap. The home team found themselves down 15 once more in the second half with 6:52 on the clock, but Neely answered with a three to increase the Loyola edge, 73-55.

Back and forth exchanges between the two offenses prevented any extensive scoring streaks in the second half from either side. The Wolf Pack held their largest lead at 25 when time expired and Loyola secured the 97-72 win.

Loyola didn’t trail for the majority of the game. Spring Hill managed to knot the score three times during the first half, but the Badgers broke away from a 10-10 at 15:01 following a two-point shot from senior Sha Sha Buchanan. Spring Hill let their slim lead quickly slip away as Loyola went on a 20-point run starting with a three-point shot from junior Rebekah Greer. Jones capped the run with two points in the paint to make it a 30-12 affair. The Wolf Pack ended the first half with a seven-point scoring spree to hold the Badgers at 30.

Loyola shot 52.2% from the field while Spring Hill managed just 39.1%. The Wolf Pack topped the Badgers in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and committed six fewer turnovers than their opponent.

Buchanan and freshman Amee Smith tossed in 14 points apiece for the Badgers. Buchanan collected 11 rebounds, earning a double-double on the night. Smith dished a team-leading five assists.

The Wolf Pack will continue action this weekend on the road when they travel to #16 Bethel on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a 2 p.m. tilt.

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