KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With 10 games in the books and a win over a top 10 team, the LU women’s basketball team earned some national recognition on Monday, receiving 10 votes in the first regular season NAIA Women’s Division-I Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
Loyola’s 7-3 record in the early season was enough to place the ‘Pack at 31st in the nation. On Friday, LU handed Lee University, who dropped from seventh to ninth in the poll, a 72-70 defeat at The Den.
The Wolfpack opened the season by winning their first four games which included three victories by at least 16 points. After a setback against Brenau, the Maroon and Gold bounced back with two straight wins before falling to Columbia College (Mo.), who ranked 30th in the latest poll with 29 votes.
The ‘Pack picked up a signature win over SSAC favorite, No. 9 Lee University, after an impressive comeback erased an 18-point deficit. Freshman Jasmine Brewer and sophomore Megen Berner had career nights for Loyola, scoring 27 and 14 points respectively, while sophomore Jackie Padilla hit the game-winning three-pointer.
On Saturday, No. 13 Southern Polytechnic State, out of the SSAC East, came out of The Den with a victory, improving their record to 8-1.
Also of the SSAC East, Shorter University climbed into the Top 25 at No. 21 after starting the season 8-0.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. The next Top 25 poll will be announced on Dec. 13.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. when they head to the Lakefront to take on the Lady Privateers of UNO.