MOBILE, Ala. – The 21st ranked Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (19-2, 11-2 SSAC) won its fourth consecutive game with a 70-59 victory over the Spring Hill Badgers (8-14, 3-10 SSAC) on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Keiva Council scored a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Jasmine Brewer contributed 17 points off of a 58.3 (7-of-12) field goal percentage. Sophomore guard Amy Moody also added double-digits in points with 13 points. The Arlington, Texas native also grabbed six boards and had four assists. Junior Megen Berner had a career day as she totaled 10 rebounds for a new career high.
“Overall, the team played pretty well,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We lost focus in the second half a little bit, but winning on the road late in the season is always good.”
LU got on the board first jumping out to a 2-0 start off a Spring Hill turnover. Defense was the name of the game for the Wolfpack in the first half as they forced 13 turnovers, six of which were steals. After a back-and-forth game for the first four minutes of play, Loyola suddenly found themselves down 6-8. When the ‘Pack tied the score, Spring Hill scored to go ahead. At the 14:45 mark, the Wolfpack was down 10-13; however, it was short lived as Brewer brought the team back to life scoring the next five points putting the score at 15-13. From there, the Badgers remained scoreless for over six minutes of play. Offensively, Loyola went on a 15-5 run to end the first period. The Wolfpack maintained its defensive effort holding the Badgers to only five points in the last eight minutes of first half play.
After holding a 38-22 halftime lead, the Wolfpack had the momentum heading into the second half. Despite its double-digit deficit, Spring Hill would not go down quietly. The Badgers opened the beginning minutes of the second period on a 13-2 scoring run, making the score 42-35 with 15:37 left to go. Despite the valiant effort, it would be the closest the Badgers pulled within the ‘Pack as Loyola closed out the game 70-59.
Loyola scored 13 points off 17 Spring Hill turnovers, and held a 32-26 advantage in points in the paint. The Badgers shot just 30.7 (19-of-62) for the game. In addition to their combined 34 points, Council and Moody contributed 10 of the ‘Pack’s 17 assists.
Spring Hill’s Bria Bohanon led the Badgers with 13 points, while freshman Bethany Collins had 12. Junior April Bradford led the all players in rebounds with 12 boards.
For its next game, Loyola continues its road stretch heading to the University of New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Lakefront Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT.