NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team opened up their season with a 66-50 victory over Dillard University on Tuesday night at Dent Hall.
Loyola (1-0) had a balanced attack in the win, led by senior Rachael Nolan with 13 points and seven rebounds. Juniors Keiva Council and Amy Sprout had a team-high nine rebounds while Council added 13 points. Freshman Jasmine Brewer led a second half-surge for the Wolfpack, scoring all 12 of her points in the final period.
“Our bench really stepped up in the first half with the foul trouble,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We got quality minutes from that group that was crucial to us overcoming the early adversity. In the second half, we were able to do what we wanted defensively to limit their post players who are really solid. I thought it was a great team win which is important for our success this season. It was a great win for our first time out.”
Dillard (0-2) was led by Naomi Green with 15 points and Jazzmin Smith added a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds.
The Wolfpack led briefly in the opening minutes before Dillard ran off an 8-0 run capped by a jumper by Lauren Daniel, making the score 12-4 at the 13:20 mark.
Sophomore Molly Emig tied the game at 13 with three-pointer and Keiva Council added another three ball on the next possession to give the Wolfpack a 16-13 advantage.
Coucil converted a three point play with 6:39 left in the period to extend LU’s lead to 23-16, the largest of the half. The ‘Pack went into the break with a 30-26 lead despite committing 15 fouls to the Lady Bleu Devils 8.
Brewer, a freshman out of Houston, scored 12 points in the second half as the Wolfpack outscored DU 36-24 after the break, cruising to a 66-50 win.
Loyola is back in action on Friday, Nov. 5 against Our Lady of the Lake University for their first home game of the season. Tip-off at The Den is set for 5:30 p.m.