Mobile slips past Loyola with second half run

Sat, 01/12/2013

(Mobile, Ala) The University of Mobile turned a two point halftime lead into an 80-70 women's hoops victory over Loyola University New Orleans thanks to an 11-0 run to start the second half.

Loyola went into halftime trailing 38-36, due to some fantastic shooting from Mobile guard Molly Speed who hit four of six from the three point line in the half. Speed finished with 25 points and six made three pointers. Deonica McCormick had a double double for Mobile as she scored 20 points with 11 assists. She added five rebounds, four blocks, and two steals. Briana Edwards contributed 16 points while cleaning the glass with a team high nine rebounds.

Loyola dominated the boards 48-34, as four players pulled down more than seven rebounds. Megen Berner led all rebounders with 10 while also scoring 14 points. It was Berner’s second double-double of the season after going for 13 points and 11 rebounds against St. Thomas (Fl) on November 10th. Jasmine Brewer had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack. Callie McNally pulled down seven rebounds and Shayne Charles collected nine.

Leana Tajkov made the first basket of the game for the Rams, but Loyola responded by scoring the next 12 points as four different players contributed to the run. The Lady Rams pulled within one in the next 3:43 on two Speed three pointers and five points from McCormick. Mobile took the lead for the first time with 4:25 remaining in the first half on another three pointer from Speed. She hit her fourth three pointer of the half with 55 seconds remaining to put the Lady Rams up at halftime, a lead they never surrendered.

In the second half, Courtney Bayliss hit two free throws for Mobile to push the lead to 17 with 8:17 remaining in the contest. The Wolf Pack fought back, scoring nine unanswered to cut the lead to eight. Janeicia Neely scored five of her 13 points during the stretch.

The Wolf Pack shot 37.8% from the field and committed 17 turnovers. The Lady Rams shot 46% and kept good care of the ball with only 11 turnovers.

Loyola (6-9, 4-4) falls into a tie with Mobile (9-8, 4-4) in the SSAC West Division. The two teams are tied with Spring Hill for fourth place in the division.

The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Wednesday January 16th, as they will be visiting Dillard in a non-conference matchup at 6:30 p.m.

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