MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 19th ranked Loyola University (21-4, 12-4 SSAC) dropped a 63-59 decision at Auburn Montgomery on Saturday afternoon in the AUM PE Complex. The Wolfpack finished the game shooting a season-low 32.2 percent (19-of-59) from the floor and 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from behind the arch.
Loyola was led in scoring by senior Keiva Council, who finished with 23 points. She was followed by sophomore Jasmine Brewer with 13 points and freshman Janeicia Nelly, who added 10 points. Junior Megen Berner tallied a team-best eight rebounds.
Neither team was able to get anything going offensively early on as it took nearly two minutes for the first points to be scored, which was a three from Council. The first period continued on with four ties and five lead changes. The Warhawks pulled ahead by five points with two minutes remaining in the half. However, the ‘Pack would not go into the break quietly as they surged on a 6-0 run in the final minute and a half, going into halftime ahead 25-24.
The Warkwarks outscored the ‘Pack in the second putting up six unanswered points in the first three minutes of the period. The first LU point came off of a Brewer free throw at the 16:16 mark while their first field goal came off a Neely three-point basket at the 15:45 point. The Warhawks posted its largest lead of the contest with 12:01 remaining going up by seven. The lead would not last as the Wolfpack pulled within a point after a Council layup. At the 8:50 mark, Brewer tied the game 43-43.
After AUM went ahead on the next basket, the ‘Pack tied the game again. Despite tying the game multiple times throughout the second, LU could not seem to take a lead. The Wolfpack eventually fell 63-59 for its second consecutive loss for only the first time this season.
For the game, AUM was 44.0 percent from the floor, hitting 22 of its 49 attempts. The Warhawks also out-rebounded the ‘Pack 42-39 in the contest. Senior Courtney Thacker led the AUM with a game-high 19 points. She was followed by junior LaKenya Drayton with her sixth double-double on the year scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.
Next up, Loyola continues its road trip for its final away game of the season at William Carey. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Clinton Gymnasium.