HATTIESBURG, Miss.- Sophomore Jasmine Brewer scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Loyola University New Orleans Wolfpack (23-4, 13-4 SSAC) to a 75-68 win over the William Carey Lady Crusaders (12-13, 8-9 SSAC) on Thursday night at the Clinton Gymnasium. Brewer also added a 60.0 field goal percentage (9-for-15).
In addition to Brewer’s 20 points, senior Keiva Council and junior Megen Berner added 18 and 16 points, respectively. Council shot 62.8 percent from the floor (5-for-8) and 80.0 percent from behind the arch (4-for-5). Berner’s 16 points tied her career high as she shot 63.6 percent from the floor (7-of-11). She aso grabbed eight rebounds as she and Brewer led the ‘Pack in rebounding. Sophomore Amy Moody grabbed four boards to go along with 12 points. The 5-9 guard also shot a perfect 100.0 percent from the charity stripe (8-for-8).
“William Carey is a tough place to play, and it’s a tough place to win,” said head coach Kellie Kennedy. “Winning on the road is big, especially this time of the year. Tonight was one of Keiva’s best all-around games this year. She shot the ball extremely well, and she did not try to do too much. Megen Berner really stepped up tonight and had a great game for us. Amy Moody hit some big free throws for us down the stretch. Tonight we shot the ball much better than we have in the past few games, and we were able to get the ball inside. I was also pleased that we converted our free throws down the stretch. I thought we put a complete game together, and it was a great team win.”
William Carey got on the board first scoring off its first possession, and jumped out to an early 7-1 lead. LU didn’t score their first field goal until the 16:04 mark. Despite the early struggles, the ‘Pack went on a 9-1 run in the middle of the first to take a 12-8 advantage. Loyola extended its lead to seven points after a Berner jumper from the elbow with four and half minutes remaining in the period. However, the Lady Crusaders crept back into the game scoring back-to-back layups to get within three points. Loyola eventually went into the locker room ahead 33-30.
In the second half Loyola jumped out to a fast start with a Council three point basket. The Lady Crusaders quickly responded with a second chance layup. Both teams traded baskets over the next couple of possessions until the 17:04 point when the ‘Pack went on a 4-0 mini- run to go ahead by 10. It was the Wolfpack’s first double-digit lead in the game. After a William Carey layup, a free throw and a Brewer layup gave Loyola its largest lead of the night at 11.
At the midway point in the second stanza, Loyola saw its 11 point lead dwindle to one as William Carey went on a 16-6 run in four minutes. With 6:20 remaining, Council hit a crucial three pointer to extend the ‘Pack’s lead to four. LU seemed in control until a minute and a half left in the game when the Lady Crusaders hit a huge three point bucket putting them within a point once again. On the Loyola’s next possession, Berner made a critical layup with under a minute remaining making the score 71-68. William Carey had no choice but to foul, but Moody converted all four free throws attempted in the closing moments to secure the win, 75-68.
William Carey was led by freshmen Erin Holifield and Ciera Sibley with 14 points apiece. Sibley also contributed a team-high six rebounds, shot 62.5 percent from the floor (5-for-8), and 66.7 (4-for-6) percent from three point range. Senior Megan Reynolds scored 11 points off of a 50.0 percent (4-for-8) and a 60.0 percent (3-for-5) three-point shooting effort.
Next up, Loyola will host the Mobile Rams on Saturday, February 25 for senior night. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.