MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sophomore Amy Moody scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Loyola University New Orleans Wolfpack to a 90-84 overtime victory over Faulkner University at the Tine Davis Gymnasium on Thursday evening. With the win, Loyola improves to 15-1 overall and 7-1 in the SSAC, while the Lady Eagles drop to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
“We had some girls step up tonight,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “We struggled offensively, but this team refused to quit. I give Faulkner a lot of credit. They are a great team and gave us all we could handle. However, our team fought so hard and refused to lose. We stepped up as a team tonight. It was a great conference road win.”
Moody was joined in double figures by fellow sophomore Jasmine Brewer and senior Keiva Council, who added 22 and 16 points, respectively. Brewer also led the ‘Pack on the boards with 10 rebounds, which accounts for her fourth double-double on the season. Council was also very active on defense collecting three steals in the contest.
Loyola opened the game taking an early 14-10 lead. Faulkner hit back-to-back baskets putting them on point to a 9-0 run with 9:45 left in the first half. The Lady Eagles led by as many as 10 points in the period before a 12-0 run by the ‘Pack capped off by a three-pointer from Council, gave Loyola its second lead of the night. However, the Lady Eagles would head into halftime with a 34-32 advantage. The first half ended with five ties and five lead changes.
Loyola started the second half with six unanswered points to go ahead 38-36, but Faulkner would respond with a layup to tie the game back up 38-38. The Lady Eagles forced back-to-back Wolfpack turnovers and took advantage of the ‘Pack’s miscues scoring the next four points. With Faulkner up 51-56 at the 10:00 minute mark, the Lady Eagles forced another turnover converting the critical mistake with a fast-break layup.
The Wolfpack did not stay down long as Moody went on a scoring rampage, hitting a three-pointer to put Loyola within two points. With 5:15 left in the game, she hit a crucial layup putting the ‘Pack up by a point. The next couple of minutes were extremely intense and physical as both teams refused to quit. Freshman Calllie McNally hit one of her two free throws to tie the game 71-71 with 49.9 seconds left. McNally played great defense making the Lady Eagles force a shot down low with less than 30 seconds left to go. With 28.8 seconds remaining, the Wolfpack had possession for the last shot. Council made a great pass into the post to Brewer as she hit a layup. However, the shot was waved off by the referees as she was called for a charge with 7.5 seconds left. The Lady Eagles could not hit a desperation shot, and the game headed into overtime.
Amy Moody continued her scoring tear hitting an immediate three-pointer to open up overtime. Faulkner answered with an important layup to remain within a point. Council then hit a huge three-pointer putting the Wolfpack up by two possessions. The Lady Eagles answered the challenge again hitting its own three-pointer. Moody hit back-to-back jump shots giving the ‘Pack a three point lead. Following a Faulkner timeout, freshman Janeicia Neely hit a three sealing the deal. Loyola finished the game with a 90-84 win.
Moody’s 30 of her 33 points came after the first half, while Brewer scored 18 in the opening period. Defense was the name of the game as Loyola forced 24 turnovers and had 13 steals. Offensively, the Wolfpack shot 52.3 percent from the floor (34-65).
Sophomore guard Christina Hayes led Faulkner with 22 points. Junior forward Brittney Carter chipped in with a double-double adding 22 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Nyla Johnson contributed 18 points for the Lady Eagles.
The Wolfpack, ranked 23rd in the NAIA, has now won eight consecutive games and looks to go for number nine on Saturday afternoon at Belhaven. The Lady Blazers are ranked 18th in latest NAIA poll. Tipoff in Jackson is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.