Loyola women fall in nail-biter, 72-69

Sat, 02/26/2011

MOBILE, Ala. – Jasmine Brewer hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with 1:08 to play, but Alice Honnery’s last-minute heroics proved to be too much, as the University of Mobile beat the Loyola University women’s basketball team, 72-69.

Brewer scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Keiva Council netted 19 points and had seven boards. Honnery had a double-double for the Rams, with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Mobile (16-10, 6-6 SSAC) started out strongly, opening on a 9-3 run. Alyssa Lane started the game with a three-pointer, and the Rams hit three of their next four shots. Loyola (18-11, 6-6 SSAC) bounced back, eventually taking its first lead with 14:15 to go in the first, when Megan Berner hit a pair of free throws to give LU the 14-13 edge.

UM built a lead steadily, capped by a Morgan Melancon three-point play with 2:33 on the clock that gave the Rams a 40-29 lead. The Wolfpack closed the half by scoring six unanswered points off of buckets by Brewer, Council and Amy Moody, giving Mobile the 40-35 advantage heading into the break.

Loyola quickly closed the gap at the beginning of the second half. Molly Emig hit a trey, and Brewer, Council and Moody each hit a bucket to tie the game at 46 with 15:12 on the clock. Another scoring surge by LU gave the ‘Pack a five-point lead after Brewer converted a three-point play. Mobile answered with a run of its own, outscoring Loyola 12-2 over the next 4:20 to take the 60-55 lead.

The Rams led by 10 when Loyola started its late run. Amy Sprout had a three-point play to cut the lead to seven, Council hit a three-pointer to narrow UM’s lead to four, and Brewer hit four straight free throws to tie the game with just over a minute on the clock. Honnery hit a bucket with 38 seconds left to recapture the lead. Honnery, the NAIA’s leader in blocked shots, finished the game by blocking a Loyola three-point attempt as time expired to seal the win for the Rams.

Loyola enjoyed strong productivity from its bench, outscoring Mobile’s bench, 34-10. The Wolfpack also shot well from the free throw line, going 13-for-15 on the night.

The game concludes the regular season for both teams. Loyola, tied in second place in the SSAC West Division, will continue its season in the SSAC Tournament, which begins next week in Rome, Ga.

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