(New Orleans, La.) Despite a game high 23 points from Janeicia Neely, Loyola University New Orleans fell to the University of Mobile 67-63 in women’s basketball Thursday night in The Den.
Loyola led by as many as seven points in the game and four points in the second half as a Neely jumper with 15:34 to play made the score 38-34. Mobile quickly tied the score for the first time in the half with field goals by Christy Roewe and Shontae Dillon.
It remained a one possession game over the next seven minutes until Dillon hit a jumper at the 6:18 mark to give the Rams a 54-49 margin. Mobile stretched the advantage to six points in the waning minutes. The last came on a Briana Edwards bucket with 1:12 to play. Neely answered with one of her four three pointers to cut it to 63-60 on the next possession.
Dillon missed on the next Mobile trip, but an offensive rebound by Courtney Bayliss forced Loyola to foul. Bayliss converted a pair of free throws to make it 65-60 with 26 seconds remaining. Rebekah Greer hit one of her two three pointers for Loyola to cut it to 65-63 with 7 seconds remaining. Bayliss was fouled and promptly converted both free throws to secure the 67-63 victory.
Neely was 9 of 17 from the field and 4 of 9 from distance. It was the second time this season she scored 20 or more points. She also grabbed a team high seven rebounds and played all 40 minutes. Katie Youngblood was a point shy of tying her career high with 12 points. Greer finished with 11 points.
For Mobile (14-11, 8-6 SSAC), Dillon tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds for the double double. Lauren Bethly came off the bench to score 12. Edwards and Bayliss each added 10.
Loyola (9-15, 6-8 SSAC) converted 4 of 15 from the free throw line at a clip of 26.7%. Mobile enjoyed a 44-37 advantage on the boards. They grabbed 19 on the offensive end, while the Wolf Pack had 13 offensive rebounds.
With the loss, the Pack falls into sixth place in the SSAC West Division- a half game behind Belhaven. Loyola will travel to Mobile to face off against Jesuit rival Spring Hill College on Saturday. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m.