JACKSON, Miss. – The Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team dropped a 76-70 decision at No. 18 Belhaven on Saturday afternoon in Rugg Arena. With the loss, the Wolfpack drops to 15-2 on the season and 7-2 versus Southern States Athletic Conference opponents, while the Lady Blazers improve to 16-5 overall and 9-1 against league foes.
Senior Keiva Council led the Wolfpack with 19 points while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Jasmine Brewer racked up her fifth double-double on the year contributing 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Amy Moody also scored in double-figures with 10 points.
Belhaven got on the board first with Sarah Carr hitting from down town two and half minutes into the game. Loyola would get within a point on the ensuing possession with two free throws from senior Keiva Council. Following a Lady Blazer layup, a Jasmine Brewer free throw and Council layup tied the score at 5-5 at the 15:30 mark.
The game remained close for the next seven minutes until Belhaven went on an 8-2 scoring run that put them ahead 26-18. After a Loyola timeout, the ‘Pack got right back on the board with a jumper from junior Megen Berner. However, the Lady Blazers continued hitting from long range extending its lead to nine points with 5:44 remaining in the period. From there, the Wolfpack slowly crept back diminishing the Blazer lead to four after a critical Janeicia Neely three pointer. Both teams traded baskets until the end of the first half with Loyola down 33-37.
The Lady Blazers jumped out to a 42-37 margin at the beginning of the second period to maintain its lead. Loyola fired back, scoring the next seven points to go ahead 44-42 at the 16:55 point in the second half. Loyola maintained its lead for the majority of the period going ahead by as many as six points. With 5:08 left in the game, Belhaven eventually tied the score 62-62. From there, the ‘Pack never regained its lead and eventually fell to the Lady Blazers 70-76.
Belhaven’s Regena Jackson scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Lady Blazers to victory. She also added six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Following Jackson was Portia Tucker with 18 points, four rebounds, an assist as well as a block.
The ‘Pack had 11 second half turnovers, resulting in 14 points for the Lady Blazers. For the game, Belhaven only turned the ball over four times in comparison to 17 for Loyola in the contest.
Belhaven connected on 18 of its 26 free-throw attempts, while Loyola knocked down 13 of its 24 tries from the charity stripe. Despite out-rebounding the Lady Blazers overall, the ‘Pack only pulled down nine offensive boards while Belhaven grabbed 17, converting those into 17 additional points.
Next up, Loyola will host William Carey on Thursday, January 26. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT in The DEN.