NEW ORLEANS, La. – The 23rd ranked Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball team (14-1, 6-1 SSAC) looks to extend upon its seven game winning streak when it plays at Faulkner (13-5, 4-3 SSAC) on Thursday evening. The Wolfpack and the Lady Eagles will tip off in the Tine Davis Gymnasium in Montgomery, Ala. at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The Lady Eagles enter Thursday’s contest having won five of their last six games. Thursday’s game marks the third matchup in the series that began last year. Loyola won both games against Faulkner last year with a score of 75-69 in The DEN and 69-62 in Montgomery.
The ‘Pack took on Spring Hill last Thursday in The DEN where Loyola defeated the Badgers 72-59. Four Wolfpack players contributed in double-digits including senior guard Keiva Council who lead Loyola scoring 23 points. She also added six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Following Council was sophomore Jasmine Brewer, who supplied 20 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double on the year. Sophomore Amy Moody and freshman Janeicia Neely rounded out the group chipping in 14 and 11 points, respectively.
As a team, the ‘Pack ranks first in the NAIA in field goal percentage shooting 47.9 percent from the floor. Loyola currently has three players averaging double-figure points, led by Council (24.1 ppg). She is followed by Brewer (15.2 ppg) and Moody (12.7 ppg). Council’s 24.1 points per game ranks first in the NAIA in points per game.
Faulkner will be playing its fourth home SSAC contest when it welcomes the ‘Pack. Three of the Lady Eagles’ four league wins came at home against Brewton-Parker, Southern Poly, and William Carey. Last time out, junior Brittney Carter led three Faulkner players in double figures with 20 points. She was followed by sophomore Christina Hayes, who scored 17 points and shot 70.0 percent from the floor (7-10). The Lady Eagles pulled down 44 rebounds, 33 of those defensive.
On the season, Carter leads the Eagles in scoring with 18.1 points per game. She also leads Faulkner in rebounds with 14.5 boards per contest. As a team, the Lady Eagles pull down 45.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 7th in the NAIA.