Loyola women defeat St. Thomas (Fla.), 54-47

Sat, 12/18/2010

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Freshman Amy Moody debuted with a game-high 14 points as the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team used a strong second half to knock off St. Thomas University (Fla.), 54-47, on Saturday afternoon at The Den.

Both teams had troubles on offense in the first half, combining to make only 15-of-59 shots as STU took a 22-20 lead at the break. After the Lady Bobcats raced out to a 10-point lead following halftime, Moody, a transfer from Oral Roberts, sparked a 10-0 run to even the game at 35. She then put the Wolfpack up for good with a basket-and-one late in the game, giving Loyola its second straight win.

For Loyola (9-3), junior Keiva Council scored 10 points and added eight rebounds. Freshmen Jasmine Brewer was a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Senior Rachael Nolan chipped in with eight points and nine boards as LU outrebounded St. Thomas 51-42.

STU (4-5) came out of the break with a 13-5 surge to go up 35-25 with 15:29 remaining. Nickerline Montina, who also had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Bobcats, had a pair of buckets in the run with Jasmine Saker capping it off on a put back.

Moody’s basket started the 10-0 run for Loyola, and she then found Nolan for a layup to tie the game at 35.

The Lady Bobcats took their last lead at 46-44 on a bucket from Dannisha Pierce with 3:32 remaining. After LU gained the advantage, 47-46, a field goal by Brewer and five Wolfpack free throws would seal the game.

Loyola finished at 32.6 percent from the field and made 23-of-35 from the line. STU shot 30.6 percent and hit only 4-of-24 from the charity stripe.

Carissa Staiano added 10 points for STU which included a pair of three-pointers. Amanda Fernandez came off the bench for a game-high five assists.

Loyola is off for the holiday break and returns to action on Dec. 30 at Louisiana College. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.

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