NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sophomore Jasmine Brewer scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (17-2, 9-2 SSAC) to a 75-48 win over Auburn University Montgomery (10-11, 4-7 SSAC) on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the first for the Wolfpack against the Warhawks.
“It was an all around team effort today,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We executed our game plan perfectly. I was happy with our defense and our ability to stay focused. Everybody contributed, and it was a great team win.”
Loyola did not forget both heart-breaking losses from a year ago as today’s game turned into a defensive one by holding AUM to 32.7 percent (18-for-55) shooting and 48 points for the game. The Warhawks tallied only 24 points in both the first and second halves.
On the offensive end, the ‘Pack was lights out. Loyola shot 55.8 percent (29-for-52) from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from behind the arch to push the Wolfpack to its 17th overall win and ninth conference win.
Loyola raced out to a quick 13-0 lead with baskets from four of the five starters and never looked back. AUM had one small come-back to get within a point near the midway point of the first half; however, Loyola led the entire game. With 7:25 left in the first period, the ‘Pack had amassed a 43-24 lead on the strength of a 23-6 run.
LU carried the first half momentum into the second as Amy Moody opened it up with a three-point basket. The ‘Pack slowly expanded its lead to 28 points, the largest of the afternoon, and AUM could not rally back as Loyola eventually defeated the Warhawks 75-48.
Three ‘Pack players tallied double-digits in points. Sophomore Jasmine Brewer led the way with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The 5-9 forward also added eight rebounds, two steals, and a block. Following Brewer was senior Keiva Council with 16 points on 6-of-10 from the floor and 3-for6 from behind the arch. She also contributed five assists, four rebounds, and a steal. Sophomore Amy Moody rounded out the group scoring 14 points while throwing in five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Moody shot 4-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-6 from three-point range.
Loyola recorded 29 field goals on the afternoon and had 18 assists. Moody and freshman Janeicia Neely led all players with five helpers each. The ‘Pack also forced 18 turnovers and converted them into 23 points.
AUM was led in scoring by junior LaKenya Drayton with 12 points. She was the only Warhawk player to reach double-digit scoring figures.
Loyola will continue SSAC play for its next road trip at the University of Mobile on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. CT from the H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium. The ‘Pack will then head to Spring Hill on Saturday, Feb. 4 taking on the Badgers at 2 p.m. CT from the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
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