Mobile, Ala.- In their first conference game as a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference, Loyola University New Orleans defeated Jesuit rival Spring Hill College, 72-57, in women’s basketball Thursday night in the Outlaw Center.
The Wolfpack led the entire game as Keiva Council drilled a three pointer at the 18:46 mark to give Loyola the early 3-0 advantage. After a put back from SHC’s Sha Sha Buchanan, Council added a pair of free throws to again push the lead up to three points.
A Jasmine Brewer bucket gave Loyola a six-point lead at the 14:44 mark, but the Badgers cut the margin to two points with a Lynleigh Hughes jumper and a Bria Bohanon put back off a Spring Hill miss with 12:37 left.
With 6:11 remaining in the half, the Badgers again trailed by only a basket, 15-13. Loyola closed out the period with a 15-8 run and enjoyed their largest advantage of the half after a field goal by Jackie Padilla with nine seconds left in the stanza gave Loyola a 30-20 lead.
On SHC’s last possession of the half, Padilla fouled Hughes, who converted one of two free throws to send the teams to the break with Loyola leading 30-21.
Loyola grabbed their first double digit advantage of the second half when Megan Berner’s shot in the paint made the score 37-27 with 16:17 left to play.
Later, Brewer gave the Wolfpack their largest lead of the game with 4:03 remaining. The freshman from Houston converted a three-point play to push the Loyola lead to 64-45 before closing out the game with a 15-point victory.
Loyola (12-4, 1-0 SSAC) had four players in double figures, led by Council with a game-high 19 points while Brewer scored 16. The Wolfpack got solid play from their bench as Amy Moody had 11 points and Berner added 10.
For Spring Hill (7-11, 0-1 SSAC), Kimarie Bock had a team-high 16 points and Erica Wright finished with 12. Buchanan and Bohanon each had 10 points.
On Saturday, Loyola travels across town to take on Xavier University. The Gold Nuggets are ranked 17th in the latest NAIA coaches poll. Tip off in The Barn is slated for 5 p.m.