(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team will return home following a four-game road swing to host another ranked SSAC opponent in #24 Martin Methodist College on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. in The Den. The Wolf Pack will be looking for their fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
The Wolf Pack (11-6, 5-2 SSAC) blazed past the Blue Mountain College Toppers 85-48 last evening to extend their current winning streak to five games. #24 Martin Methodist (13-3, 6-1 SSAC) sits atop the SSAC West leaderboard, winning three out of their last four contests with their most recent victory coming through a 70-64 decision over Belhaven University. Saturday’s game will mark just the second time Loyola and Martin Methodist have faced one another. The Wolf Pack defeated the RedHawks 70-48 on Nov. 1, 2003.
Senior Jasmine Brewer, sitting third in Division I in field goal percentage (56.6), ignited the Loyola offense versus the Toppers, turning in a season-high 21 points. Brewer leads her squad in rebounds and steals, averaging 7.65 boards and 1.71 takeaways per game. Junior Janeicia Neely paces two statistical categories as well, recording team-high averages of 14.18 points and 3.94 assists per contest. She tallied 12 points and two rebounds against Blue Mountain. Freshman Meghan Temple chipped in with 14 points and secured four boards in the Wolf Pack win over the Toppers. Temple commands the Loyola blocking effort with 11 stuffs on the season.
Junior Kelsey Nowlin leads the RedHawks in scoring, putting up 13.5 points per game. Freshman Janasia Williams is averaging team-highs in rebounds (8.56), assists (2.31) and steals (2). Martin Methodist ranks first in Division I in offensive, defensive and total rebounds per game, posing a serious threat on the glass.
At the time of Loyola’s early season victories over Southern Polytechnic State University, Emmanuel College and Lyon College, all three opponents were top-25 ranked teams. With the four top teams in the SSAC West competing against one another this weekend (Loyola vs. #24 Martin Methodist; Mobile vs. #13 Bethel), there is plenty of potential for the conference rankings to shuffle.