Loyola women beat William Carey, clinch spot in SSAC Tourney

Thu, 02/24/2011

New Orleans, La.- Amy Moody came off the bench to score 24 points as Loyola University New Orleans defeated William Carey University 63-56 in women’s basketball Thursday evening in The Den.

Loyola led by three at the break, but the Lady Saders quickly took the lead with five unanswered points to open the second half. TeAnna Carter capped the run with a lay-in off a Wolfpack turnover.

Neither team would enjoy a lead larger than four points over the next 11 minutes. Carey’s Megan Reynolds tied the game for the fifth time in the span and ninth occasion of the game with a jumper to make the score 48-48 with 8:52 to play.

Senior Rachael Nolan, who appeared in her home finale, gave the Wolfpack the lead for good at the 8:05 mark on a jumper in the paint. Carter cut the Wolfpack advantage to 50-49, converting one of two free throws on the next WCU possession. It would be as close as Carey would get the rest of the way.

Later, Megan Berner pushed the Loyola lead to six points 55-49 with 6:15 to play. Berner gave the Wolfpack their largest margin of the game with a free throw at 2:06 to make the score 62-52. LU held on for the 63-56 victory.

Moody led all scorers with 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the field. Keiva Council had her third double double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (18-10, 6-5, SSAC).

For Carey (10-14, 5-6 SSAC), Carter led with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting. Cyrstal Tucker had a double double of her own with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chelsea Combest added 12 for the visitors.

The victory moved the Wolfpack into sole possession of second place in the SSAC West Division, a game a head of Faulkner, Mobile, Auburn-Montgomery, and William Carey.
Loyola also clinched a spot in the SSAC post season tournament next week.

Loyola will travel to Mobile to close out the regular season with a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday against the Lady Rams.
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